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What is a Drain Cleaning Service? - What Type of Service Do I Need?

Drains are one of the most important features of a large commercial or residential property. Helping to get water away from the building quickly and efficiently, drains prevent flooding, leaks and other issues that can damage the structure and aesthetics of a property.

The best way to prevent drainage issues, and keep a commercial or large residential property working, is to carry out regular maintenance. Cleaning your drains on a regular basis will help to keep them flowing, and give you the chance to inspect the drainage system and make sure everything is working as it should.

Spectrum has extensive expertise in cleaning and maintaining drainage systems. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, our drain cleaning teams work around the clock to keep the country’s properties running smoothly.

What is drain cleaning? 

Drain cleaning is the process by which debris, dirt and built-up grime is removed from the pipes and manholes that form a drainage system. Debris can be washed into drainage systems by rain water, or enter the system via toilets, sinks and other water disposal points. This is especially common in large residential and commercial properties where toilets and sinks see heavy use every day of the week. 

The aim of drain cleaning is to remove as much debris, dirt and grime from the drains as possible. Removing this from the pipes should help to prevent total and partial blockages from forming in the system. If blockages do occur, emergency drain cleaning may be required to rectify the problem and prevent further damage to the property.

Drain cleaning should be carried out on a regular basis. Even if there are no obvious issues in the system, property owners and managers should carry out cleaning to flush the system through. Cleaning should also be carried out whenever drains in the property are running slowly as well as when a property changes ownership.

Why do you need your drains cleaned?

As their job is to dispose of wastewater, drains often have to deal with the dirt and debris that washes into the system. Small pieces of food, wet wipes, oil and chemicals all find their way into drainage systems. Over time, this debris will begin to build up in the pipes. If this restricts or even blocks the flow of water, it can cause the system to back up. This can result in flooding, bad odours and leaks.

Flooding and leaks, in particular, are bad for properties, as they can damage the structure of the building and cause serious maintenance issues. If overflowing drains are not cleaned, property owners may find rot, mould and damp begin to set in, causing long term damage to the aesthetics and structure of the property. If you run a business or operate a commercial property, odours emanating from blocked drains could cause you problems. Customers will not want to smell backed-up drains as they eat, shop or socialise, so keeping your system flowing should be one of your top priorities.

There are a number of signs that indicate a drain needs to be cleaned. These include bad odours emanating from plugholes, slowly draining sinks and baths and overflowing drains. If you notice any of these issues, it is important to have your drains cleaned immediately to prevent further problems from developing.

How are drains cleaned? 


There are a number of ways to clean drains on commercial and large residential properties. While one drain cleaning company might use chemicals to break down grime, another will use powerful jet washing to remove debris and return the drains to good working order. Drain cleaning should always be carried out by a professional drain cleaning company to ensure blockages are thoroughly removed from the system and the drains are working as they should. 

Drain cleaning is a relatively quick and easy process. Drains have access points, known as manholes, located regularly along their length. This gives drain cleaning professionals access to the entire system, allowing them to remove blockages wherever they occur. The manholes will also need to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep them in good condition and prevent a build-up of dirt and debris.

What are the advantages of using Spectrum?

Spectrum has extensive experience cleaning drainage systems of all sizes. Our teams have carried out drain cleaning in London and across the South East, tackling a wide range of drainage issues along the way. This experience makes Spectrum perfectly placed to take on all types of drain cleaning projects in all types of buildings.

One of the main advantages of using Spectrum for your next drain cleaning project is our detailed picture and video reporting. Before we carry out a drain clean, we inspect the system using a specially-designed camera. This gives our teams the opportunity to see exactly what’s going on deep in the system and create a cleaning plan that properly addresses the issue.

Carrying out a camera inspection also gives our expert operatives the chance to check the system for any cracks or faults that may be causing issues. Once the clean is complete, we give a copy of this detailed report to the client so they can see exactly what our teams have done, and plan any necessary maintenance works.

Unlike other drain cleaning companies in London and across the UK, Spectrum doesn’t use chemicals to remove debris and clear drains. Instead, our teams use powerful jetting to blast debris out of the drainage system and get the water moving once more. This approach ensures no excess chemicals end up in wastewater plants or leak into the local groundwater supplies. Avoiding excess chemicals in the drainage system is kinder on the environment and provides a more sustainable approach to drain cleaning.

Find out more about our drain cleaning services, and the advantages of using Spectrum for your next project, by exploring our site or getting in touch with a member of our team.


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