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How to Keep Your Drains Clear of Leaves during the Autumn period

Autumn’s arrived and it’s important to keep your drains clear of any leaves

Whilst it might look appealing that the leaves are beginning to change to shades of orange and red we are not so impressed to see them as they start to clog up our outdoor drains and create slipping hazards.

When a build up of wet and soggy leaves make their way into your drains, it can heavily reduce the efficient removal of any water away from your property. Water will take longer than normal to drain away and often create local flooding as it backs up in your system, often requiring a professional help.

It’s important that you carry out regular cleaning and maintenance around your property to keep your garden free from falling leaves

Whilst it might look appealing that the leaves are beginning to change to shades of orange and red we are not so impressed to see them as they start to clog up our outdoor drains and create slipping hazards.

When a build up of wet and soggy leaves make their way into your drains, it can heavily reduce the efficient removal of any water away from your property. Water will take longer than normal to drain away and often create local flooding as it backs up in your system, often requiring a professional help.

It’s common for gardeners cut back trees and shrubs in the late summer, this is a great advantage to preventing piles of leaves building up.

Autumn winds always constantly create new piles of leaves that will eventually find their way to the nearest drain.

What can I do if my drain is blocked with leaves?

Whilst it might look appealing that the leaves are beginning to change to shades of orange and red we are not so impressed to see them as they start to clog up our outdoor drains and create slipping hazards.

When a build up of wet and soggy leaves make their way into your drains, it can heavily reduce the efficient removal of any water away from your property. Water will take longer than normal to drain away and often create local flooding as it backs up in your system, often requiring a professional help.

Keep Leaves Off Drain Covers

Check daily that leaves haven’t built up onto your drain cover. If you’ve not checked your drain cover for a long period of time it’s likely that there could be a build up of old leaf debris.

The first clear-out will probably be the worst as there could be a few mulched up leaves to clear. A preventative measure for this that works year round could be to invest in a ‘Drain Grid Cover’.

This is similar to a water strainer, gaps in the guard allow water to be filtered through whilst blocking leaves from entering. If you do get a build up of leaves on the drain cover, these can be disposed of and no further cleaning is required.

Perform a regular drain inspection

Carry out a regular inspection of any drain grids surrounding your property and clear away any leaves that may have worked their way both into the system and on-top. If your drain grids become blocked, the water will drain away elsewhere and could cause local flooding.

Use a wet-dry vacuum to clear your drains

Using a wet-dry vacuum allows you to remove any leaf debris through vacuuming the drain cover and simply washing away any small remains. This should then be disposed of in a compost bin, or garden bin.

Contact Quest for Drain Unblocking Services

Quest will always answer your enquiries as soon as possible and offer reassurance. If our services are required we will respond to any emergency within as possible as we can. Our drain specialists will diagnose the problem and provide a course of action, with a cost and time scale.

Call Quest Waste Management 24/7 on 0333 3588 222