50 years of cutting-edge service

Where it all started…..

Alan Halcrow, Chairman of Clear Drains (UK) Ltd, saw an untapped opportunity: providing high-tech drainage services to the commercial market. Today Alan’s innovation and drive are still at the heart of the company as it plans to mark its 50th successful year of operation – and he celebrates his 80th birthday!

The largest privately-owned drain cleaning company in the UK, Clear Drains is a 48-strong team delivering a range of services to commercial and residential customers across the south east. Operating from its offices in Marlow, the company has been at the cutting edge of drainage solutions ever since it began.

Clear Drains focussing on Health & Safety in 2017

Clear Drains are delighted to announce they are focussing on Health & Safety in 2017. Six members of their team have successfully passed the IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) qualification. This follows on from their Business Development Manager – Wayne Shurey achieving his NEBOSH qualification in June 2016.

Congratulations Wayne on achieving NEBOSH

Clear Drains is focussing on health & safety in 2017

Clear Drains would like to congratulate Wayne Shurey on passing the NEBOSH – National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety. Wayne undertook the qualification in 2 weeks and excelled his own expectations.

Winter Maintenance

Winter is settling in with freezing cold evenings and frosty mornings. It’s a good time to be thinking about winter maintenance and how best to protect your property. Facilities Managers face many challenges as it often difficult to predict the weather and what impact it will have on the property. This is especially key if you are acting on behalf of clients who hold you responsible for the upkeep of their business and property throughout the year.

10 Top Tips to Autumn & Winter Maintenance

Autumn maintenance

All you need to know to protect your building during the Autumn/Winter months ahead.

Autumn is the transition season between summer and winter, best noticed by the colour change in leaves and the harvest. Autumn is normally associated with the dropping of temperature and the nights drawing in. We have put together a guide on how best to protect your property during this period.

We are recruiting…….


Clear Drains are currently recruiting for the following positions:
•HGV Driver
•Drainage Engineers

All of the above positions are based at our Headquarters in Marlow, Bucks.

If you fancy joining the Clear Drains team, please email Joanne.Howe@cleardrains.co.uk for further information.

From Maintenance to Concierge: The Changing Role of Facilities Managers

Clear Drains has seen many changes over the last 48 years especially in the way work is captured and carried out. Health & safety has had a huge impact along with certification boards. Gone are the days when you could turn up at a site and ask the simple question ‘Can we clean your drains, Governor?’ Work was carried out on the spot and no need for certification, policies and CRM systems. Over the last 10 years in particular, technology and changes in procedures have moved on dramatically. We can now be smarter in the way we work, putting the client first at all times.

Facilities Managers are our main points of contact and therefore we work alongside them to improve service and communication.

Why pre planned maintenance is vital for schools

Pre planned maintenance schedules are a must for all schools. This type of forward planning enables you to ensure that any down time, due to engineering work, occurs when the school holidays are in full swing and not when the classrooms are full.

Winter Maintenance – How we Can Help

46 Winters of Experience at your disposal. Don’t get caught out thinking it’s mild? Winter is set to hit us soon. Facilities Managers face many challenges at this time of year. It is difficult to predict the weather and what impact it will have on property. This is especially key if you are acting on behalf of clients who hold you responsible for the upkeep of their business and property throughout the year.

The ice, snow, wind, rain, grit, salt and falling temperatures can all affect drainage systems both internal and external to a property. Clear Drains have been in operation for 46 winters, so we know what to look out for (we even have some staff and clients who have been with us more than 40 years too!)

Let us help with winter maintenance? We know you are busy, so let us help by recommending how you can include drainage within your winter maintenance program; in order to avoid costly blockages, pipe repairs or potentially business downtime:

4 Steps to Drainage Program

Clear Drains knows that some of our clients may look after a variety of different sites. It is critical for you to know that we fully understand each site/building operation so that we can ensure all our services are delivered smoothly, with as little disruption as possible.

We will offer you a programme of works to cover all sites and services, providing you with a timely reminder of when services are due for renewal.

4 step program

Check out our 4 step program for a smooth process from start to finish: