Edinburgh Drain Unblocking & Repairs

  • Complete drain and sewer services
  • Specialised dockyard cleaning
  • Industrial Estate drainage maintenance
  • Homebuyers' CCTV drainage surveys
  • No call out charges
  • 24/7/365 emergency service

Formerly known as Castlebrae Drainage, which became part of the Lanes Group back in 2006, Lanes’ Edinburgh depot completes our North of the border jigsaw, providing the full complement of drainage specialties across Lothian, Fifeshire and the Scottish Borders. And, like all Lanes’ depots, Edinburgh offers a 24-hour emergency drain unblocking service, experienced and helpful staff, and the industry’s most advanced drainage plant and technologies.

National Contracts

Reflecting the city’s stable economy, unemployment figures tend to be lower than elsewhere, there’s a highly educated workforce and a stable political and supportive fiscal environment.


Potential for growth and investment has seen major constructon work in the city, which in turn has resulted in Lanes’ particular brand of drainage expertise being in demand. As well as servicing its own regional clients in the sector (see below), the Edinburgh depot has worked with leading construction groups Kier Construction and Skanska, both of whom are national contracts with Lanes for scheduled rates.

Regional Commerce

This depot may be smaller than our Glasgow base, but it still packs the full range of Lanes’ top-notch drainage services, and has won a loyal following in the region from the local business community. Our drainage expertise extends to working at Grangemouth docks; providing drainage maintenance to social housing developments and local authorities, and drainage expertise to the region’s commercial clients via some of the most well respected construction and civil engineering firms.


Frontline Construction is one of the major employers here, and holds contracts for everything from national house builders to local authorities. With its focus on earthworks, road and sewer construction, plot works and water attenuation systems, there’s plenty of scope for Lanes’ drainage specialists to get involved, especially with pre-adoption jetting and CCTV survey works. Fairhurst, one of the largest privately-owned partnerships on consulting engineers, and its sister operation Gary Gabriel Associates, manage civil and structural engineering projects as well as a wide range of multi-disciplinary services. Fairhurst brings in Lanes to investigate, via CCTV, drainage systems in Tesco stores; and Gary Gabriel uses our investigative service for work at Sainsbury’s stores; whilst a further consultancy, Dunfermline-based Scott Bennett Associates, regularly draws on Lanes’ resources for jetting and CCTV services on industrial estates. 

For both Edinburgh and Fife Councils, our CCTV and jet vac crews provide invaluable intelligence and practical skills in their respective flood prevention schemes; whilst Edinburgh’s Building Services department has recently awarded Lanes a three-year contract for reactive blockages and maintenance work. Clackmannan Council too, engages Lanes’ expert crews for CCTV and jet-vac works, along with some smaller-scale civils projects. And finally, with so many fine seats of learning around, Lanes is on hand to provide reactive blockage and pre-planned maintenance services to institutions like Edinburgh Napier University.

Local Household

For domestic drain unblocking and repair in Lothian, Fifeshire and the Scottish Borders our Edinburgh depot operates an efficient, reliable, round the clock service for emergency blocked drain call outs, and all the related drainage services you could ever need, including septic tank emptying. If you have a drain or sewer problem, you’ll find the solution at Lanes’ in Edinburgh.


Homebuyers' CCTV Drainage Surveys
Planning a house move? If so, you’ll need a surveyor to make sure that your new home is sound, and that there aren’t any nasty surprises in store.

But what about parts of the structure you can’t see? Like the drainage system, some of which will be your responsibility as the new homeowner. Sewers and drains may be damaged by ground movement, root ingress, blockages and pipe collapses, but the first you know about it is when it causes problems inside your home.

Don't worry. Checking the drains out before you sign on the dotted line is easy: just ask for a Lanes homebuyer’s CCTV drainage survey, complete with written report, DVD — and peace of mind!

From our Edinburgh depot, we cover homebuyers in the Edinburgh, Dundee, Falkirk, Kirkcaldy, Perth and Galashiels postcode areas.

Call now on 01506 862 286 for more details or fill in the Enquiry form (right) and we’ll get straight back to you.

Sitting on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth, Scotland’s capital city has a population of some half a million, with a surrounding urban zone of approximately 850,000 people. What began as a hill fort, became part of the Kingdom of Scotland in the 10th century, and grew through the Middle Ages to become Scotland’s biggest merchant town, playing a central role in both the 16th century Scottish Reformation and the 18th Century Scottish Enlightenment. Though political power shifted to London following the Treaty of Union in 1707, devolution in 1997 has seen the re-establishment of a Scottish Parliament in its architectural landmark home, Holyrood. 

Like Rome, Edinburgh is said to be built on seven hills, though there is something of a debate as to exactly which. Famous for the biggest annual international arts festival in the world (which includes the legendary Edinburgh Fringe), it’s also the venue for everything from science to film, to jazz and blues festivals. The city boasts the world’s first Unesco City of Literature status, and its Old and New Towns are listed as a Unesco world heritage site. Edinburgh is frequently voted one of the best locations to live nationally, and won more than 12 UK Best City Awards in the eight years to 2013. 

Known primarily for brewing, banking and printing and publishing in the 19th century, Edinburgh's economy is now built mainly on financial services, scientific research, higher education and tourism. With landmarks and features like Edinburgh Castle, the iconic airport control tower, the Forth Road Bridge (the ‘go to’ default of so many descriptive analogies), Edinburgh Zoo (home to the UK’s only giant pandas), the Old Town’s Royal Mile and New Town’s Princes Street — both hugely popular with tourists, Holyrood Palace (official residence of the UK monarch in Scotland), the Royal Yacht Britannia, the National Museum of Scotland, Scottish Parliament, the extinct volcano known as Arthur’s Seat, Linlithgow Palace, Sir Walter Scott’s gothic Monument, and even a new tram link, there’s certainly plenty to see and appreciate.

No wonder that Edinburgh, with four million visitors a year (a million of them from overseas), is the second most popular tourist destination in the UK after London, and was voted European Destination of the Year at the World Travel Awards in 2012.

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Edinburgh Depot News

Lanes lining teams get approach roads ready for new Forth Bridge
Lanes Group’s ‘no dig’ sewer rehabilitation expertise has played a part in paving the way for the construction of the new £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing.


Areas Covered

From our Broxburn depot (shown on the map), we are just off the A89 and ideally placed to reach you in Edinburgh, Dunfermline, Livingston, Musselburgh, Galashiels, Melrose, Bathgate, Hawick and Dunbar or as far up as St Andrews, Perth, Kirkcaldy and Dundee. If you’re not sure whether you’re in our area, just ask. From our depot network, we cover the whole of Scotland.

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