Keeping your drains flowing freely this Spring


Home-owners across the nation will embark on their spring cleaning duties this month, many of which will neglect their drains, which also benefit from a good clean.

Spring is the perfect time to clean out your surface water and waste water gullies of leaves and other debris. This spring clean could prevent the nightmare of blocked drains and gullies during the coming months.

The first step is to clear leaves, twigs and other debris from your gutters and gullies – be careful if using ladders and be sure to use a tool that will not damage your guttering. Once you have done this, you should use some sort of grate to cover any open gullies. This will stop build-up and potential damage over the course of the year, just remember to clear the grid every week or so to avoid blockages.

It is also important to mindful of what you pour down the drains. Drain blockages can be caused by substances like cooking fat and grease, which can easily congeal in the pipes and cause kitchen pipe blockages. We also recommend that you avoid washing food debris down your sink as this can lead to blockages and nasty smells from your kitchen drains. Boiling the kettle and pouring the hot water down your kitchen drains once a week will also help to reduce the risk of your drains backing up.

Whist kitchen waste can cause drain blockages, you should also be mindful when you are doing your laundry. Pouring chemical-filled liquids down your drains when doing the laundry can cause damage to your pipes and is also damaging to the environment. Your local recycling plant will allow you to dispose of these liquids safely and help you to avoid causing unnecessary damage to your drains.

A tip for parents would be to avoid putting wet wipes and cotton buds down the toilet. Obviously the same principle applies for nappies. Owing to the fact that modern disposable nappies are designed to expand with moisture, they are one of the worst things that you can flush down your toilet. So, avoid baby-waste related blockages and ensure all wipes, buds and nappies end up in the bin rather than down the toilet.

Following these pointers will greatly reduce the risk of failing victim to blocked drains and gutters this Spring. However, if the worst does happen then call an Ansa technician, who can conduct CCTV drain surveys, unblock blocked drains and if necessary conduct drain repairs. You can book a callout by calling 08456 880 880 or use our online booking form.

ANSA are one of the biggest providers of outsourced survey, reporting and repair services for insurers in the UK. Established in 1998, ANSA developed the unique bespoke claims management system that has positioned us firmly at the forefront of the industry for our responsive, cost effective service. Since 2009, we have been part of the Independent Group of companies, enabling us to deliver the most comprehensive, value for money service for both domestic and commercial customers, wherever we’re needed. ANSA is accredited and approved by leading water industry and environmental bodies.