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How To Avoid Your Drains Getting Blocked by Autumn Leaves

Autumn is upon us and with it comes the array of reds, yellows, oranges and browns of the falling leaves. It’s picturesque, postcard stuff as the leaves tumble to the ground and colour the landscape. There is however, one potentially detrimental impact these leaves can have on your life – namely the blocking of your drains.

Your drains are vital to your home or business because they carry waste water away from you home. Even a single blockage could cause unwanted issues, but a seriously blocked system could force water back out, flooding the surrounding area (a danger in and of itself) or backing up your systems indoors. With this in mind, we’ve got a few ways for you to defend against autumn leaves this year.

Get Messy

One of the simplest solutions to this seasonal issue is, unfortunately, to simply muck in. All the soggy leaves clogging your drains can be pulled away and thrown in your garden waste bin. Get some hardy gloves – and possibly a shovel if there are lots of places you need to dig out – and ensure the drains on your property are clear. This might need to be repeated if you live in an area with a lots of different trees.


When we say you can vacuum your drains we don’t mean by using your household vacuum. There are special vacuums which you can use outdoors to suck up debris and leaves. You can use this to pull any mass of leaves out of your drain openings to leave them clear once more. This isn’t a cheap device to buy so you may want to hire one instead.

Drain Guards

One of the best ways to avoid pulling clogs of leaves out of your drains is to take preventative steps. There is no better way of doing this than getting some quality drain guards. These come in various shapes, sizes and materials but all perform the same job: they let the water through to your drains but keep those pesky leaves from slipping into your system and causing a blockage. Neat, tidy and efficient, you can ill afford to go without these if you leave on a street full leaf-shedding trees.

Often, you can help to prevent these issues by tidying up any leaves which fall onto your lawn, this way they won’t end up eventually blown against your drains and your home. You can add these to your compost heap or use them to start one if you haven’t got on already. Of course, if you’ve realised too late that autumn leaves are an issue in your area and you’re faced with a blocked system then you’ll need a professional drainage company to help you.

At 1st Call Drain Clearance, we can assist you in unblocking any drainage system clogged with autumn leaves. Contact us today to discuss your drainage issue and we’ll arrange an appointment for someone to visit and perform an inspection.

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