How do I know if my drain is blocked?

If your drain is blocked you will usually know because your waste will stop going away when you flush the toilet, or gullies outside will overflow. There will also probably be an odour.

Drains & Sewers

A drain is normally a pipe carrying off liquid waste from a single building. The maintenance and repair of private drains are the responsibility of the householder/landowner.

A sewer is normally a large pipe, usually underground, that is used for carrying waste water and human waste away from more than one property - blockages or damage to private and public sewers should be reported to Anglian Water Services.

Overflows from drains, a cesspool or septic tank which cause a statutory nuisance can be investigated by South Holland District Council.

To report a problem email your complaint.

For issues relating to drainage or sewers (publicly owned) contact Anglian Water (Anglian Water Website).

Public highways

The rainwater road gullies are the responsibility of the Highway Authority (Lincolnshire County Council), as are the drains connecting gullies to a public sewer.

Public surface water sewers are the responsibility of either Anglian Water, or, where it is a designated highway drain, Lincolnshire County Council.