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    blocked shower drain bathroom. responsibility?

    hello, we have been in new rental for 2 months. The drain in the walk in shower became totally blocked today, and almost flooded the house,.. only noticing the whole bathroom floor was covered in an inch of water once opening the shower door at end of having a shower.
    Can we call out the managing agents to fix this or do we have to attempt to fix ourselves?
    Note: in all the decades we have previously rented,.. we have never clogged or blocked any drains or sinks where ever we lived,... so it is certainly not through miss use on our part.

    #2
    You need to report blockage/overflow to LL, in writing, asap to prevent further property damage. A sensible occupier would purchase a bottle of drain un-blocker and follow product instructions. Unless LL rips out shower tray to clean dain, that is all he can reasonably try initially.
    If you had bought the property 2 months ago, as current owner-occupier you would be resp for solving the problem.
    As a Tenant, you are required to act 'in a tenant-like manner' & address minor repair issues, like blocked drains.
    NEGOTIATE.

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      #3
      A quick way out of this is to go B and Q or similar and buy a bottle of ONE SHOT (don't bother with others) - costs about £10 and usually on the bottom shelf in the serious plumbing section. If that won't shift it you need a professional drain engineer. In showers it is usually hair and soap build up that creates the blockage - assuming that loo flushes OK?



      Freedom at the point of zero............

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        #4
        I wonder how much attention you were paying. If water is rising over your toes and going over the sill, and flooding 1 inch deep onto the floor - well you should have realised long before that happened that there was an issue.....

        There are lots of reasons for blockages some of which are your responsibility (like hair down the drain) and some are not (like faulty brickwork in a collapsed train down route. At two months and if it was running freely before, the statistical probability is that it is you wot did it. The water should be at most a few mm deep on the shower tray, otherwise stop showering....

        Do you have a filter in the drain hole? Do you use that filter (ie put the hair into the bin) or do you just heel the hair down the drain? Where does the drain go next and what else is blocked? Do you comb your hair and put all the loose hair in the bin before showering?

        So when you say "certain;ly not misuse on out part" - lots of people misuse showers and don't realise that is what they are doing.

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          #5
          Most probable cause is that it is clogged by hard, etc. Just remove what you can then use a drain unblocker product.

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            #6
            how long did you stay in previous rentals? Most likely explanation is that its caused by you and previous rentals had someone who put drain unblocker down before you moved in while this one didnt.

            Buy a drain unblocker and in future put down the shower each week a pint of soda water - can get soda crystals in some supermarkets and wilkinsons.

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