Clearing blocked drains. It's smelly, it's dirty, but it's lucrative. Metro Rod are experts in dealing with the sticky situations our customers find themselves in, and although it's a dirty job, we genuinely love doing it.

The drainage industry is thriving. The demand for our services is 24/7, 365 days a year, and we pride ourselves on being a dependable and reliable company so that our clients know they can call us any day or night to solve their drainage problems.

Clearing blockages? That's the easy part. Our engineers are experts at what they do and provide a first-class service in order to secure maintenance contracts from reactive call outs. Our services are provided by over 40 franchisees with geographical coverage across the majority of the UK.

About Metro Rod

Founded in 1983, Metro Rod is a leading provider of drain clearance and maintenance services to the commercial market. The services are provided on a 24/7/365 basis by over 40 franchisees with geographical coverage across the entire UK. 

Metro Rod was acquired by Franchise Brands plc in March 2017, a group of international multi-brand franchisors with a combined network of over 450 franchisees in 12 countries, and a wealth of experience and knowledge in franchising. 

Metro Rod's specialist drain clearance and maintenance services include high pressure water jetting, CCTV surveys, drain or sewer lining, excavation, electro mechanical cleaning and fat and grease management.

Metro Rod serves national business customers across multiple sectors including facilities management, retail, water utilities, social housing, hospitality, and insurance, as well as local businesses and other customers in the private and public sectors. Metro Rod`s 300-plus engineers complete over 150,000 jobs per year.

Our high standards of service have allowed us to establish relationships with large Blue Chip organisations, to Retail or Catering businesses with multiple units across the country.

Benefits of being a Metro Rod franchisee

  • No prior experience of drainage necessary. Our hugely experienced technical team are always on hand to help.
  • Sales and Marketing Support - Metro Rod's Support Centre assist franchisees in new business generation through their dedicated Key Accounts team.
  • Being part of Franchise Brands means that Metro Rod franchisees can also benefit from the Franchise Brands Marketing Centre of Excellence, a team of experienced and knowledgeable marketing professionals who work on national brand awareness campaigns with some of the world's best media agencies.
  • Our Support Centre invoicing and credit control function deal with debtors on your behalf, so that you can focus on growing your business.
  • In-house Call Centre team handling around 20,000 calls and 10,000 emails a month, processing enquiries via a dedicated customer portal.

Costs & Earning Potential

The minimum investment for a Metro Rod franchise is £125,000+, with resales of existing businesses starting from £150,000+ VAT.

For hard working and dedicated franchisees, the Metro Rod franchise model can generate a fantastic earning potential. Many of our top earning franchisees turnover more than £800k per year.

The Metro Rod franchise model is a proven success that has remained resilient against recession. Our emergency repair services and regular drain maintenance contracts have kept Metro Rod franchisees busy, regardless of the state of the economy.

Metro Rod is the ideal franchise opportunity for committed individuals who have management or small business operation experience; you don`t need to be a drainage expert, as we provide you with all the training you need to run your own successful drain care business.

Case Study: Tricia Craig, North East England (Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough I worked for some large companies both in their accounts team and training the new recruits. Once I had children, I spent some time at home with them before my ex-husband and I started the franchise with Metro Rod. We looked at other businesses, but I truly believed that this would be a recession-proof opportunity which would bring together all my skills from my past careers – the training, procedure writing, telephone complaints and customer service. I also felt that I could run this business with my ex-husband and still be the mother that I wanted to be to my two young children. The support that you get is second to none – I can ask for guidance and advice if I need it, and there will always be someone willing to help. Help is always available. I also get the opportunity to use IT systems which would be impossible for me to afford alone, and then of course there is the work that we get purely because of the Metro Rod name. I sell the reputation of Metro Rod to new clients along with the guarantee that we have a network of franchises that can help if we need them. Being a franchisee has its benefits after 18 years, just as it did when I first started. I wouldn't do anything differently and I have no regrets. I love my life – I work hard and I play hard. I have a nice lifestyle and take several holidays a year.

Available Territories

  • South London
  • Guildford
  • Merseyside
  • Northern Ireland
  • Dumfries and Galloway


Request more information today or speak with our team directly about the available options and for more information. We would be happy to meet with you either locally or at our Support Centre based in Macclesfield for initial discussions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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  • Investment Level
  • £100,000 - 250,000
  • Place of Operation
  • Vehicle based
  • Franchise Type
  • Franchise Resale
  • Management Franchise
  • BFA Membership Level
  • BFA Full Members
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