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2. Responsibility for clearing blockages

Who is responsible for clearing blockages?


Homeowners are responsible for clearing and repairing drains, gutters and rainwater pipes. Blockages can sometimes be cleared with drainage rods or employ a specialist drain clearance company.


Normally the landlord is responsible, but the landlord may pass the costs on to you depending on the tenancy agreement.


Sewers are the responsibility of South West Water Limited (SWW). Contact them on 0344 346 2020.


Highways gullies are the responsibility of Devon County Council, blockages can be reported to them by calling 03451 551 004.