The best rods to use to cover most applications!

What types of material are used in drain rods?

The most popular material used for the shaft of a drain and chimney rod is polypropylene, which is a type of plastic. It is very strong yet flexible and is resistant to cracking and fracturing. Polypropylene rods remain unaffected when they come into contact with most chemicals which could be present in a drain.


Nylon rods are typically smaller in diameter than other rods at 12mm. Because they are narrow and flexible, nylon rods are ideal for small diameter flues and for manoeuvring around tight bends.

What material is the rod joint made from?


Brass is the most commonly used metal for drain and chimney rod joints. Brass is used for its strength, corrosion resistance, and ease of working, which is vital as the rods may be used in very demanding environments containing strong chemicals which can attack the metal.

The best joints are riveted to the shaft to prevent the rods coming apart during rigorous use.

What type of drain rods are available?

Bailey Drain RodsAll Blue Rods®

Blue Rods®, Polypropylene – These Rods are generally acknowledged as the best quality cleaning rods available which are specified on a worldwide basis and are the preferred choice of professionals. Blue Rods® have earned an international reputation for their reliability, strength, rigidity and the right amount of flexibility. Unlike other rods these rods are also resistant to brittleness which can be caused by freezing.

Blue Rods® have been developed through many years of constant research and development, the rods are manufactured from the highest grade of polypropylene whilst the joints are manufactured from solid brass. To ensure strength and durability during use the brass joints are all securely fitted to the rods by rivets.

Blue Rods® – Carry the Bailey name and this combination is your guarantee of quality. Both the “Bailey” name and the colour blue, in respect of drain rods, are covered by international trademarks.

NOTE: Rods are strong and flexible but should not be used in extreme bends. (Please refer to our catalogue for instructions or if in doubt contact a professional)

What types of joints are available?

Joints – All rods are offered with two types of joints, either Universal or Lockfast:

Bailey Rods - Joint TypesUniversal

Rods fitted with this type of joint should only be rotated in a clockwise direction.


Rods fitted with this type of joint can be rotated in either direction and will remain secure in most conditions.

Application Guide

  • ¾” diameter rods are for general purpose use, small diameter drains or flues, and septic tanks.
  • ⅞” diameter rods are for 6″ and 8″ diameter drains and septic tanks.
  • 1″ and 1 ⅛” diameter rods are for municipal and other heavy duty use.

Should you require different lengths or diameters please contact our sales office who will be able to supply price and availability information.