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An Overview of Our Drain Services in Croydon, Surrey & South London | Drains Ahead

At Drains Ahead, it’s our mission to provide a comprehensive range of drain services that cover all aspects of both drain maintenance and drain repairs. Below, we’ve provided brief overviews of each of these different service offerings – including the tanker services and rodent control solutions we now bring to clients in our hometown of Croydon, and nearby principal service areas such as Bromley, Caterham, Coulsdon, Purley and Warlingham.

Keep in mind that we offer a genuine 24/7 emergency service to deal with issues like burst pipes and flooding, and that this is available to both domestic and commercial clients throughout Surrey and South London. We even promise to be with you within a 2 hour window of you calling us! Our prices are highly competitive, and our trained team are exceptionally skilled. For more detailed information about the following services, please use the drop down menu to navigate to their respective, dedicated pages, or alternatively give us a call.

Blocked Drains

From minor blockages that the plunger won’t quite handle, to major situations which threaten to damage your wider system, Drains Ahead can quickly be on the scene to quickly and capably deal with the issue. We typically take one of two approaches, after identifying the location and source of the blockage with the initial diagnostics – which often involves the use of CCTV technology. They are as follows:

Rodding – Sometimes the most basic methods can be the most effective and there can be nothing simpler than sticking rods down a drain! By changing the number of rods for different lengths and different attachments, rodding becomes a fast and highly flexible way to clear small clogs in blocked drains.  Better still, and because it's simple, it means you don't have to pay through the teeth for drain repairs.

High Pressure Water Jetting – This involves the use of high pressure water jets to clear obstructions in blocked drains caused by detergents, grease, dirt and mineral deposits. Water jetting can almost completely remove grease, detergents, dirt and mineral deposits which can build up within drainage systems over a number of years.

Drain Repairs

Blocked drains are one thing, but what if your pipes or drain lining are worse for wear? Some of the common situations we encounter around Bromley, Caterham, Croydon, Coulsdon, Purley and Warlingham include: drain lining that’s deteriorated over time, structural damage due to shifting earth or invasive tree roots, or pipes that have burst or cracked due to significant blockages or excess pressure.

If you notice foul odours emerging from your drain openings, cracks in foundations, your system slowing down to a crawl, or any similar symptom that suggests something’s gone awry with your drains – call us and we’ll quickly be on the scene to carry out diagnostics and suggest the relevant drain repairs, typically patching or relining (explained on our dedicated drain repairs page.

Drain Maintenance

We always tell customers throughout Sutton and Croydon that if you protect your drains now, you protect your wallet over the longer term! Regular servicing and maintenance ensures that you rarely, if ever, have to face emergency issues with your drainage system again.

We can visit at set times throughout the year, planning around your busy schedule. Our drain maintenance program might involve CCTV drain surveys to ensure everything is in perfect working order, and water jetting if it looks like pollutants are starting to clog up areas of your system.

CCTV Drain Surveys

We use this state-of-the-art technology to diagnose any drainage issues quickly and efficiently. We can even offer you a colour DVD recording, complete with a free estimate and written report for your records. If you are frequently having issues with your drains, the combination of our expertise and technology will help solve them once and for all.


Our team is fully experienced in all types of excavation work. We resort to excavations only in situations where pipework must be replaced or repaired. When undertaking drain repairs, we always do our best to avoid digging up your driveway or garden although it is sometimes unavoidable.

We use sophisticated CCTV drain surveys to see whether such measures are needed. In situations like these, the damage or wear can be so bad that using any other method would just cost you more in the long run. What we can guarantee is that we will do everything in our power to minimise disruption to your household or business.

Rodent Control

Did you know that one of the most common ways that rodents enter a property is through its drainage system? Uncovered pipes that protrude outside are one easy way in, but rats can be ingenious in finding small cracks or vulnerabilities deep within the system itself.

Our rodent control specialists can use CCTV technology to locate these entrance points, then patch them to prevent re-entry. We can also cover said external pipes, shoring up the system and turning it into a rodent’s Fort Knox – nothing will get in!

Tanker Services

Drains Ahead also provides tanker services to clients in the aforementioned service areas of Bromley, Caterham, Coulsdon, Purley and Warlingham – as well as surrounding Surrey and South London locales. These include:

Have a question regarding any of the drain services detailed on this page? Call our Croydon based today on 020 8405 1291 or 07809 502 762!

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