The last article looked at the immediate thing to try should your bath be taking much longer than normal to empty after a bath or shower. It might be easy to fix the problem by removing any hair or scum from around the plug hole, but if not, then consider the following information.

If the root of the problem is not immediately visible to you, you might wish to try using a piece of wire or something similar to try and pull it out. You can make yourself a hook out of the wire so that the hair can be successfully removed.

However, should the issue be more than this, such as when the waste pipe seems to be blocked, you can call the experts to ask them to perform a drain inspection on the pipes. They will find a solution to clear your bathroom blockages in no time.

In future, you might wish to think about using a hair trap which can be placed over the plug hole in the bath and can be used to collect anything which is not meant to be passing through the drainage system. This should hopefully prevent this particular situation from happening again.

Whether you have a shower installed above your bath tub and are becoming aware that the drainage is slowing down, or if you have just seen that it takes longer to empty after having a bath, it is better to act now than wait for it to get worse.

The cause of the problem may just be down to clumps of hair and other debris blocking the plug hole, but it may be an issue that requires help from the drainage experts.

In order to determine the best course of action so that you can return your bathroom to a sanctuary again where you can relax and soak all your troubles away, you need to identify the location of this troublesome blockage.

Sometimes, if there is a build up of hair and scum in and around the plug hole, you can simply remove this yourself by dragging it out and then put it in the bin.

In the majority of cases, this will certainly do the trick and you will find the water draining away again like it did in the past. If not, then read the next article on what you can do to try and resolve the issue.

The Environment Agency has recently revealed that around 182,000 households in England now have been provided with an improved defence against the risk of flood.

According to a report from the organisation, this has exceeded the three-year target originally set by the government by 37,000 properties.

As well as this, a record number of homes in areas considered at a high risk of flooding are now registered on the national flood warning service, which is free.

With one in six homes in the country being at risk from floods, the EA has urged all property and business owners to visit their website and see whether they are affected by this. They can also sign up for coastal and river flood warnings as well.

Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, Dr Paul Leinster, said:

“Many communities are at lower risk of flooding from rivers and the sea as a result of major improvements to defences. We’ve completed more than 300 new flood schemes since 2008, increasing protection to more than 182,000 households.

“We continue to reduce flood risk through better flood warnings and improved plans to respond when flooding does occur.

“However, the reality is that flooding can’t be totally prevented. More people are becoming aware of the risks a flood might pose.

Thames Water has revealed that it has launched a scheme costing £4 million to tackle one of its worst areas for blocked drains.

Harrow in northwest London is the area in question after the water company named it along with East Ham and Leyton as being worse for sewer blockages that anywhere else in the capital.

Since the change in law came about at the start of this month, responsibility for the problems with the sewer system in this part of the city fell to Thames Water and they are determined to do something about it.

Many households which pour sanitary towels, wet wipes and fat down the drains in the borough are said to be adding to the situation.

CCTV surveys will identify the blackspots within its added sewer remit which will require work being carried out on the drain pipes.

The company aims to have surveyed the entire 450km of sewers within the problem areas by March of next year. Once the surveys have assessed the condition of the pipes, they will be cleaned using specialised drain jetting and vacuuming techniques.

This is just one example of how things are changing for water companies and how they will have to further rely on drainage contractors to fulfil their obligations.

In just one example of how the recent law changes are affecting the drainage maintenance responsibilities of water companies up and down the country, Thames Water has pledged to address the problem areas in the capital.

With the increase in sewer network for the organisation coming from sewers that are outside property boundaries and shared systems, which previously were the responsibility of homeowners, Thames Water has revealed details of a £4 million investment in Harrow, Leyton and East Ham.

The issues with blocked drains in London have been put partly down to the actions of homeowners who do not think about what they are putting into the drainage system.

Asset management director for Thames Water, Bob Collington, said:

“Our sewer network is increasing 60 per cent overnight and the added workload that will bring draws into sharp focus the need to combat what we call ‘sewer abuse’ – putting anything other than human waste and loo roll down drains.

“Sewer flooding is truly miserable and we’re committed to doing everything we can to prevent it.

“And after yesterday’s change we have a lot more sewers to keep an eye on, which makes us all the more keen to reiterate our anti-sewer abuse message ‘Bin it – don’t block it’ – particularly to people in Leyton, Harrow and East Ham.”

If the specialist drainage team arriving at a site to make repairs find that they are unable to carry out this work because the pipes are irreparable, then in the past excavation was the next step of the maintenance process.

Nowadays, in this kind of situation, as well as when new water supply pipes or land drains need to be installed, the impact moling technique is used instead.

This is a form of trenchless technology where a pneumatic tool is used to create a hammering action and pierce through the soil instead of actually having to remove it.

The soil is compacted and displaced by the equipment and it can be employed as a really cost-effective solution for installing new pipes. Impact moling is user-friendly for the engineers conducting this kind of work and for the customer they benefit from a cheaper method of maintaining the drainage system.

The only situation where this might not be possible is when the soil condition is especially hard and rocks are present. Otherwise, this technology is put to good use and causes the minimum amount of disruption for the client and their property, making for a more environmentally-friendly way to install new pipes.