Hamish The Plumber

Hamish Erskine, Hamish the Plumber, Plumbers in Salisbury, Unblocking Drains

Drain Unblocking Services

I am fully equipped to clear blockages, both in your internal waste pipework and sanitary appliances, and in your outside drains.

I charge £50 plus parts for the first hour (minimum charge), then £40 per hour in 6 minute increments (for Mon-Fri, 8am to 6pm, within 10 miles of Salisbury). I am not VAT registered, so there is no additional VAT to pay on my labour.

Blocked sinks, basins, baths and showers
Usually these can be cleared with a good plunger. I may also need to open up the trap (u-bend) and waste pipework to clear them with a flexible snake and to flush them through with mains water.

Blocked Toilets
If the blockage is in the soil pipe just behind the toilet, a plunger may be sufficient to clear it. However, it is advisable to also lift the manhole cover outside and to check whether the drains need rodding and jetting.

Rodding and Jetting of Drains
When required, jetting usually takes 1 to 2 hours, but times are quite variable. Some blocked drains are easy to clear. Others need perseverance. Occasionally it is necessary to remove the toilet and jet the soil pipe from the toilet end, as well as from the outside drain. In this case it is an advantage that I am a plumber and not just a drains specialist.

Drain Camera Inspection
Often jetting drains clears the problem and reveals its cause at the same time. If not, I can do a drain camera inspection if you would like one, especially if the problem has occurred before and you are concerned it will happen again. If there is evidence of tree roots penetrating the drain, I have a tool for removing them, but I would leave you to deal with the offending tree to stop them growing again! In the unlikely event that a section of the drain has collapsed and needs replacing, I will ask you to request quotes from some drain specialists. I don't excavate collapsed drains myself.

Blocked Saniflos
If your toilet has a macerator that has stopped working properly, it most likely needs opening up and cleaning inside, and the discharge pipe may need flushing through to clear a blockage. Expect this to take about 1.5 to 2 hours, as long as there is reasonable access around the Saniflo. Boxed-in Saniflos are likely to take longer. If your Saniflo has burnt out and needs replacing, I can help you source a new one at the best price. Replacement of like-for-like is usually about a 2 hour job.
If you are simply looking for a quote, please see my quotes page.

Salisbury's Best-Reviewed Local Plumber

Ian Cromarty, May 2020
I can thoroughly recommend Hamish the plumber. He was at my address less than two hours after I rang him. It wasn't an emergency call. Our downstairs toilet proved particularly stubborn to unblock but he didn't give up. A very professional service, thank you.
Alise & Frank Ojay, May 2018
What a great plumber! Hamish was able to attend to our blocked drain within 10 minutes of our phone call and thoroughly unblocked it with no mess within 20 minutes - Hamish inspires confidence.
Mel H, February 2018
Hamish kindly travelled far beyond his usual working radius to identify and fix a blockage in our new bathrooms. He plunged the shower, bath, loo and sink, clearing the drains effectively. He waded right on in, quite comfortable with the mess, and tidied up after himself perfectly. He also showed me how I could resolve the problem myself in future, saving me the need to call him (or anyone else) out again. He was courteous, polite and helpful, explaining everything to me in a non-condescending way! How refreshing!
Tim Lowther, December 2015
Like most, I highly recommend Hamish. He came to replace a kitchen tap, called ahead to let me know he would be (unavoidably) slightly delayed. He was very professional and pleasant, and left no mess. And he even unblocked the bathroom sink whilst he was here!

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Hamish the Plumber
16 Ashlands, Salisbury, SP4 6DY
Hamish the Plumber
16 Ashlands, Salisbury, SP4 6DY

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