You might have the idea of a drainage investigation conjuring up nightmare images of disruption, of dug up driveways and large excavations blocking entrances. In fact, we can conduct a drainage investigation in such a way as to cause minimum disturbance to surroundings. It’s also worth noting that the investigation is actually more likely to reduce the chance of greater disruption later if it shows where there is deterioration before drainage damage gets too severe.
We’ve had plenty of experience in situations where either the drainage investigation has saved the day, or where initial investigations have indicated that we would require a particularly sensitive approach to solving a drainage problem.
Sometimes we can see the symptoms but the cause is a bit of a mystery. Things like persistent pools of water, and interior damp patches. These symptoms may come from hidden damage to drainage culverts, resulting in rainwater gathering and pooling, rather than draining away. This is an ideal opportunity for a CCTV drain survey. This kind of investigation is essentially non-invasive and allows us to gather vital information about the state of a drainage network before looking at any specific solutions. In some cases the drainage investigation will point us in a particular direction whereby we excavate to expose the deterioration, but with enough sensitivity to avoid further damage during this process.
Drainage investigations are like surgery for utilities, requiring a high level of precision work, employing state-of-the-art technology and experienced know-how to achieve the best results. We’re established problem-solvers when it comes to drains, and we’re sensitive to the surroundings in which we find ourselves working.
We’ve even excavated on holy ground, where we’ve been commissioned to provide fresh pipework. In this case, once our initial excavations had exposed the nature of where we were working, we consulted with the church and had on-site advice from a priest and an archaeologist.