Are your drains and gullies overflowing?

August 12, 2019

Overflowing drains and gullies are one of the most common drainage problems.

Usually, a blocked gully is the responsibility of your local council, and would be reported to them via their website, here are some handy links:

North East Lincolnshire Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

East Lindsey District Council 

Lincolnshire County Council

North Lincolnshire County Council

Leeds Council

Newark and Sherwood District Council

Blocked drains and blocked gullies can be hugely problematic and should, therefore, be reported as soon as possible. A blockage can easily occur as the result of rubbish or debris being dumped or not effectively disposed of. Household waste down plugholes can also cause blockages for example fats, grease, hair and shampoos. Overflowing drains are likely to cause flooding, especially during heavy rainfall as there is no escape route for excess water. Overflowing drains can, therefore, block roads, and in some rural circumstances, block entry routes in and out of homes or small villages, cutting off assess, and therefore developing further problems.

If you are living more rurally, you might be responsible for your own drains and gullies.

Often situated on a more rural complex which do not connect to a regular drainage system maintained by a council, will have the responsibility of properly managing their own drains and gullies. A blocked drain or gully can cause flooding which could result in property or garden damage.

Often, if a blockage is small and you can see the route cause, it can be cleared quickly and effectively yourself, following these steps:

  1. Find the problem.
  2. Remove the grate: Some gullies have safety grates over the top, and if this is the case for your gully, you will need to prise the cover off, a screwdriver usually works. If there are leaves and debris gathered here, use a trowel to dig it all out. This may be enough to get your drain running again.
  3. Use a drain rod: The next step is to use a drain rod to dig around deeper in the drain and see if you can feel where the blockage is. Once you have located the problem, prodding carefully with the rod can loosen the debris and assist in breaking up the debris into manageable sizes that can flow through the pipes. However, be careful to avoid pushing the clog further down the drain.
  4. Hose it down: Once the debris has been dislodged or partially broken down, use a hosepipe to flush water down the gully. The water and pressure of the hose will move along any stubborn blockages.
  5. Add hot water: Finally, boil some water and pour it down the gully. This is useful for removing fatty substances and breaking down built-up or hardened dirt.

Tools you’ll need

If you are attempting to clear your gullies yourself, you will need to acquire the right tools for job. You will need:

  • Protective glasses
  • Rubber gloves
  • Drain rod
  • Screwdriver
  • Trowel
  • Hosepipe


If all else fails, or you are unable to locate the source of the blockage, speak to the experts at Croft Drainage who will be able to quickly and safely free the blockage. Unless the issue to clearly visible, you must always act with great caution, if not unblocked properly, you could damage pipes or push the blockage further down making it more difficult and costly to unblock.

So unless you’re completely comfortable, reach out to Croft Drainage today. They service, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and parts of Yorkshire.