Signs to Look Out for When Your Drains Are Blocked

Damaged drains can be a major source of worry and disruption and can easily cost you large amounts of money. Every home relies on effective working pipes and drainage to ensure that water drains away from the house properly. Obviously, if you find yourself dealing with an issue such as a blocked drain, then waste-water will easily start to build up in your home or garden, which can be very unpleasant. This can also bring around various possible health risks, with the danger of bacteria building up and being transmitted. It’s vital that as soon as you notice blocked drains, they’re dealt with. Though sometimes it can be hard to tell whether or not his problem has arisen.

Elliott Drainage has compiled a guide to help give you some indicators as to when it’s time to bring in the experts to deal with a blocked drain. Though, if you have any further questions about a blockage that you’re dealing with or would like to find out how we can help, then please get in touch with a member of the Elliott Drainage team today and we’ll be more than happy to help answer any questions you may have.


Things to Spot:

Poor Drainage and/or Sewage Backing Up

One of the first warnings of damage is very often a sudden decline in the capabilities of your drains. Slow drainage may indicate a blockage, but it can also be indicative of a collapsed pipe. Likewise, sewage backing up may also be a warning sign.


If you notice odours coming from your drains, this could also be an early symptom of a pipe that has become damaged. You might start to smell sewage, outdoors by your drain, or you may even notice the smell inside the property itself. If you continue to smell this, even after an action has been taken to clean the pipe, it could be a symptom of structural damage to the drain.

Damp and Mould

Drainpipe damage and blockages may stop the movement of water so badly that it starts to flow into space around the pipe itself. If the drain has collapsed beneath your home, this could potentially lead to signs of damp and mould on the floor or walls of the property, which means it’s never a good idea to ignore such a signal.

Cracks, Subsidence and Structural Damage

In cases where the damaged pipe lies beneath a building’s important structural points, it’s possible for cracks to appear in the building itself, for instance, across the floors or in the walls. This is only likely to happen though if a collapsed drain has been left for a substantial length of time. This will cost a substantial amount to deal with. Should this affected drain lie under concrete – for instance, a driveway or garage floor – you may find cracks in the concrete. It’s very important to make sure that you look into the problem properly before choosing to simply repair the cracks themselves. If the underlying problem with the drains is not tackled, the cracks will, with time, reappear.

A collapsed pipe can also make the ground surrounding it sink or subside. Such an occurrence will indicate that the pipe may have been damaged for quite a while. Also, an extra green and lush patch of grass may also be a warning, since leaking sewage can act as a fertiliser.


So, if you find yourself spotting some of these warning signals, be sure to get in touch with Elliott Environmental Drainage as soon as possible. We have been dealing with Blocked Drains in Kent for over 30 years, working in almost every environment and seeing a variety of different causes of blockages. You can rest assured that we will have the right experience and we’ll be more than capable of dealing with your blocked drains with a range of our services including pump station installation and maintenance.

For a trusted and reliable blocked drain Kent service, look no further than Elliott Environmental Drainage. Contact our team today on 01322 518271 for more information or to receive a free fixed quote, fill in our Quick Quote Form. We will be happy to help!

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