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  1. higgs

    higgs New Member

    IMG_20170607_121136.jpg IMG_20170607_120933.jpg Is there such a thing? I have a terrace on the third floor outside a flat which has a drain accessible via a small removable hatch. See photo. This drain keeps getting blocked with leaves etc and bits of dirt which causes the terrace under the decking to hold water like a swimming pool. How can I prevent this from happening? The property is rented by a bunch of fairly young girls and they can not be relied in to keep the drain hole clean and clear of any kind of debris.
    Is there such a thing as a unblockable drain cover or unblockable drain?
    Thanks for any advice.

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  2. turnpin

    turnpin Trusted Plumber

    That looks more like a bath or Belfast sink waste the only thing I can suggest is a balloon guard normally fitted to gutter or soil vent pipes or make something up yourself using chicken wire netting....oh and welcome to the forums...regards Turnpin:)
     
  3. higgs

    higgs New Member

    Thanks Turnpin! I can remove the waste and replace it if need be to solve the problem. But I can't do any major modification stuff as it would require ripping everything up.
     
  4. Dilalio

    Dilalio Member

    Doesn't really look fit for purpose that!
    Other than ripping it out and installing something more appropriate then routine maintenance is going to have to surfice.

    You could put in a puddle pump that activates when it floods... like a sump pump but shallower.
     
  5. higgs

    higgs New Member

    What might be more appropriate to replace it with?
     
  6. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Problem with puddle pumps is that they have a very shallow inlet grill which could easily block in this case.
     
  7. Dilalio

    Dilalio Member

    I know. OP could put a leaf guard around it and also most of the detritus would be around the roof drain by the time pump has activated (depending on siting). But no, it's not an ideal remedy rather a sticking plaster which is why I said "could" ;)

    And you quoted me out of context :rolleyes:
     
  8. Dilalio

    Dilalio Member

    Many suppliers/manufacturers available but will involve first layer installation under the various roof membranes.

    Search results for: 'Roof outlet'
     
  9. rpm

    rpm Trusted Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Didn`t mean to quote out of context, didn`t think the cropped out part was needed that`s all.
    Can tell from posts here and elsewhere that you know some about pumps so was just trying to say that any mesh / grill will block with the leaves and the water will only trickle past them very slowly. The tenants need to learn what the causes the problem and stay on top of the situation.
     
  10. Dilalio

    Dilalio Member

    Tenants! :rolleyes:
    Some of them seem to expect someone to go round and wipe their bums for them - have to get it out of their bogs and sewers for them, so not much more of an extension of duties :eek:
     
  11. higgs

    higgs New Member

    You got that right. I went around the other day and the plughole was blocked and the terrace under the decking was full of water. This is not the first time it's happened. I warned them last time that their neglect could cause an accident to happen i.e. the roof falls in on their heads. Well that didn't scare them and it's happened again. I can't take any chances as in the event of something bad happening I'm sure these tenants wouldn't think twice about legal action. Anyway it is what it is and I have to find a reasonable solution while the weather is good.