How Do Road Gullies Work?

How Do Road Gullies Work?

Aug 2, 2022 News by rmsadmin

On rainy days, gullies clear the road’s surface of excess water and stop leaves, mud, and debris from entering the drainage system. At RMS Waste, we offer a range of drainage and waste disposal system services, including car park and road gully cleaning. Today, we are going to look at how road gullies work and the maintenance services we offer from our base in Hampshire, Southampton.

What Are Road Gullies?

Even if you are responsible for drain maintenance, you may not know which part of the system is the gully. Road gullies are concrete or plastic basins with open tops, bases, and an outlet on at least one side. They lie under the ground and connect drains to storm water outlets, covered by iron grates that catch litter and stop waste products from entering the system.

How They Work

Gullies work by separating wastewater and litter so that the water can channel to the main storm water drain network without dragging along a build-up of debris. Over time, the debris trapped by the grate can cause a blockage and reduce the effectiveness of the water flow. Although they are more robust than typical domestic gullies, road gullies require regular maintenance to ensure the system works efficiently.

Gully Cleaning

As a result of poor weather, ill-usage, or damage, drain gullies can become blocked. This can stop the flow of water and cause a backup of sewage, resulting in foul odours and leaks or damage to the road and neighbouring properties. Many types of waste can block a gully and grate, including leaves, ice, and litter, and at RMS Waste, we are ready to clear your system of any blockage.

Our Services

As blocked gullies can disrupt the entire system and pose a health and safety risk to drivers, we must act swiftly to clear the drain. We can provide fast, reliable road gully cleaning solutions to remove obstructions and ensure the grate is as good as new. Our team is equipped with the right tools and technical skills to clean out the gully of blockages, even if they have hardened or are coated in ice.

How We Clean

Before we tackle the issue, we will remove the grate and extract any waste from inside the drain. Our team are all trained and certified to administer high-pressure water jetting to remove stubborn build-ups, including grease, oil, and ice. Following our services, we will ensure the drain is fully functional before we leave the site.

Areas We Cover

Whether you are a local authority maintaining highway gullies, or if you are a homeowner responsible for a gully on private land, we can provide a range of services from our base in Hampshire. Our services are available to the surrounding areas across South Hampton, and we always aim to be with you as quickly as possible. You can see the quality of our work by viewing examples of our past projects. Find our contact details below to request the help of our team today.

Contact Us

For further information about our gully cleaning services in Hampshire, Southampton, and Portsmouth, you can reach out by leaving a message on our online form or emailing If you would prefer to speak to a member of our team directly, call 01489 893921, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have for us. You can discover more about our range of services by staying up to date with the latest news on our blog.

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