welcome to waterways drainage specialists

Our reviews prove we are extremely helpful and trusted, so If you need a reliable, local, external plumber to clear a blocked drain, look no further than Waterways. We're proud to bring over 20 years of experience to every job we take on.

Being an emergency blockage responder for Devon County Council, an accredited contractor for Cornwall Council, Trading Standards approved and a member of the National Association of Drainage Contractors, you can be sure to get a professional job completed, with no call out fee and free unbiased advice during site visits.

Each of us are Enhanced DBS checked for your safety.

We are also professionals in repairing drainage systems using NO DIG TECHNOLOGY. 90% of drainage problems can now be rectified without the need for excavation.


Waterways has now teamed up with Mossy Earth reforestation and rewilding projects.......

For every paid job Waterways will plant 1 tree and if you leave a review we will plant 2 more!

Reforestation remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation and all the rewilding projects at Mossy Earth have as their main aim to restore ecosystems and promote biodiversity.


Our Services

We provide a wide range of drainage maintenance, renewal and emergency repair services, along with all associated highways and groundworks, completed to local highways authority specifications​​.

CCTV Surveys

House pre-purchase survey, general condition survey or build over survey as requested.


Drain repairs

CIPP Lining, sectional repairs, no-dig technologies plus CCTV surveys.

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24-Hour Callouts

Need us in an emergency? 

No problem - we're only ever a phone call away.



Dropped kerbs, excavations, potable water services, rainwater harvesting & more.




Avoid unnecessary and costly repair work with regular maintenance.

Welcome to Waterways Drainage, your reliable local drainage company specialists.

We are a Drainage company Cornwall residents and commercial enterprises can trust.  With over 20 years combined experience and training within our team, we can help clear your drains, repair your drains, and maintain your drainage works using the best tools, methods and machinery for the job.  Tree roots, pests and vermin, and clogging from grease and hair can, over time, cause some damage to your drains.  Our drainage company offers practical and workable solutions to a number of drainage and plumbing problems and needs, for both domestic and commercial customers.

We provide excellent customer satisfaction and are proud of our professional and experienced service, making sure we help you find practical and successful solutions for all of your drainage needs.  Problems with your drains can occur at the most inconvenient times in the day, and at the worst times of the year, and we realise that there isn’t much anyone can do about that.  However, we offer you peace of mind with our 24 hour, 7 days a week emergency call out service.  So, no matter when you have a blocked drain or a damaged drain infrastructure, we are here to help.   

We provide a number of groundwork services, such as installing rainwater harvesting tanks, sewage treatment plants and providing easy and legal access to your property by creating a dropped kerb. 

Are you requiring regular servicing and maintenance of your drains, and been asking the question, ‘is there a reliable drainage company near me?’  Waterways Drainage offer CCTV surveys, jetting and a number of other cleaning methods, and repairs to the structure of compromised and damaged pipework.

So, if you’ve been looking for drainage companies, Cornwall, then look no further than Waterways Drainage.  For more information on our services, contact us today.

About me

John Lawler

I've worked within excavation and drainage since 1999, and built a wealth of experience across with reputable companies including Western Power, Balfour Betty, Maygurney,

and South West Water.


I now head up my own team at Waterways, delivering reliable drainage and groundworks services throughout Devon & Cornwall. My business is built on knowledge, health and safety, and most importantly, a high level of customer service.

We work directly with the general public, along with commercial businesses, local authorities and water companies.

Latest testimonials

Read the latest reviews from our very happy customers.

Fresh Water supply pipe

From the first point of contact John was responsive, friendly and courteous. I received my estimate within 24 hours.

On the day, the team arrived promptly and got straight to work.  The work was completed efficiently and the garden was left clean and tidy afterwards.

Genuinely can't fault the team and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a plumber .

Matt King - Plymouth

December 2020

Blocked drain

Very professional company. James not only knew his trade well but was also very good at explaining problems and what he was going to do. He was very customer orientated and was keen to help as much as possible. Waterways are definitely going to be my first port of call for any future drainage problems.

John Read - Bude

Novenber 2020


John and his team repaired a collapsed drain for me. A brilliant clean and tidy job, well done! I can recommend them to anyone. Many Thanks

Ian Truscott - Saltash

October 2020