"I bought this kit to clean my guttering. However, when joining the ples together with the cleaning tool on the end it dips and bends erratically. I was stood the the ground and wanted to clean the gutter about 20 feet up. No control whasoever. It may "work" if you are level with your guttering and can lodge it so it does not bend. Better for me to climb a ladder oro use bamboo cane sticks with a hook attached. The kit is really for drains and have used it also for that purpose."
"Able to clean the gutter using a step ladder from first floor flat roofs. Maximum number of extensions used four and worked well. But I very much doubt that if additional extensions had been required that you would be able to control the rod. Therefore before buying think about the length of rod that you will require to use"
"Got this to fit with a similar set bought many years ago from another well known DIY retailer and it fits perfectly. The rods are lighter and more plastic than my previous set so don't look as if they will last as long but for the few occasions that I need to rod the long drain under the house will do fine and they were reasonably priced."
"We had a problem with a blocked gutter high up at the top of the house and most other tools were far too short to reach the problem. I was so pleased when I saw this on the Wickes website and immediately bought it. I rushed home, put it all together and went into the garden to clear my gutter. WELL it was so funny this massive pole swayed and swung around bending backwards and forwards with no way it would end up in the gutter - I couldn't stop laughing... Cut a long story short although it is called WICKES DRAIN AND GUTTER CLEANING KIT - I believe it would be great for drains but simply not any use at all for gutters. I packaged it up and returned it without a hitch."
"Bought this on recommendation from this site. Click and collect, went together easily (without reading instructions!) and drain was clear within 15 mins. Only criticism would be that the 'claw' came off - possibly due to me twisting it too vigorously - and I had to mess about getting it out of the drain."
Cons: wont work if angle is too tight to access drain
"This is a very good piece of kit that easily unblocked my drain.
I have since used it at friends house and wasn't able to carry out the task of unblocking their pipe. This was because drain hole that emptied all the water from the kitchen was close up against the wall of the house and the pipe went away perpendicular to the house so the cleaning kit wasn't able to bend at such a sharp angle. I believe Wickes sells a long metal spring type tool which may be more suited to this situation."
"I had a seriously blocked kitchen drain. I tried conc sulphuric acid, caustic soda (not at the same time!), soda crystals and boiling water etc etc. Nothing worked. I bought these rods on offer and they did the job in 15 mninutes. They are flexible enough too - I had borrowed some old wooden ones but they were too rigid to get into the pipe. Good tool selection too. Highly recommended."
"I had a blocked drain in my driveway so I bought these after reading other reviews and I must say I was very happy with the quality of this product. The blockage was stubborn and I had to use the full length to clear it but the rods did the job well."
"This is probably better suited to drains rather than gutters which is what I needed. Its so flexible to be unwieldy when trying to drag the coil through leaves and moss in the gutter. The semi circle blade designed for gutters kept catching on the gutter supports to be unusable. The double coil did make a difference and I was able to clear some of the muck."
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"Bought these to unblock a sewer. Worked very well and removed all of blockage easily. Do need to be careful to ensure it doesn't get stuck and that blockage does not just get pushed further down sewer. My sewer is not very deep so not really had to bend them very much - remember to twist the right way when in sewer to ensure they don't become disconnected!! Have now also used to clear gutter blocked with leaves - excellent."
Pros: build quality, easy to use, fraction of the price to call out specialist
Cons: a little more expensive than competitor products
"Great product! Well built and easy to put together and use. Took a chance and bought this instead of calling out a specialist to unblock our drains. I was surprised just how easy it was. 10 minutes of pushing and turning with the screw head and the blockage was removed. Awesome!!"