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What Happens When We Inspect Your Drains?

December 1, 2017

There are a number of reasons why you might need a drain inspection. When something is wrong with your drains, this can show up in a number of different ways. You might find, simply, that water is not draining away, or is doing so very slowly; or there might be a strong, unpleasant odour coming […]

Why Property Developers Need Public Sewer Connections

November 17, 2017

New buildings require an official connection to the public sewer. This comes under section 106 of the 1991 Water Industry Act. The owner of a domestic property has the right to connect to the public sewerage system, but must first apply formally. The reason for this is that the whole process of dealing with sewerage […]

Protect Your Property Investment with a CCTV Drain Survey

November 3, 2017

House price inflation continues its seemingly unstoppable rise, according to figures for the year to April 2017. This despite reports from mortgage lenders that the market was slowing down. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that the average house price in the UK increased by 5.6% in the year to April – a […]

Perfecting the Process with Sonar Drain Tracing

October 27, 2017

Drainage problems are going to be difficult to spot with the naked eye because, naturally, they usually occur below ground. You might easily notice the symptom, such as water not draining, or foul smells, but you won’t be able to work out the cause. This is why state-of-the-art drain detection equipment and technology is so […]

Can CCTV Save the UK’s Drainage System?

October 20, 2017

Research from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt Academy suggests that the increased run-off water from paved gardens could eventually overwhelm the UK’s drainage system. This makes maintaining and inspecting drains a critical issue. One way of helping ensure drains are working properly is with a CCTV drain survey. What Does the Future Hold for Drainage? More and more […]

How to Fight the Hidden Costs of Drainage Problems

October 13, 2017

You might not realise you have a problem with your drains until the problem has got so serious that it’s going to take a lot of time, resources and money to put right. Drainage problems can be a hidden cost, partly because the problems can build up beneath ground, and partly because these problems are […]

How Do You Know if You Have a Collapsed Drain?

October 6, 2017

Sometimes drain problems are issues that linger, rather than being sudden, dramatic events. This doesn’t mean they’re any less severe, but that they can be harder to detect, until they’re much more serious because they’ve got that much worse. A collapsed drain can be severe, and the longer you leave it, the costlier it will […]

Can Your Plumber Do That? Why You Need a Drain Survey

September 29, 2017

You might think with most drainage issues it’s simply a case of phoning your local plumber. You might also think that a drain survey sounds too complex, and expensive, to be worth your while. Can’t the plumber sort it out? Drainage Expertise The difficulty with drains is often that while you can see there’s a […]

What is the Danger from Drainage Misconnections?

September 22, 2017

Water pollution is a serious issue, whether it’s chemicals from factories or the pollution caused by domestic consumers and misconnections of household appliances. If misconnections happen, then foul waste may be discharged into a surface water network. This can then cause serious pollution. One of the ways of revealing misconnections and diagnosing cross-contamination is by […]

Is Disposability the Enemy of Drainage?

September 14, 2017

Make no mistake: for many water companies, disposable wipes are the enemy. Disposable wipes are essentially an evolution of baby wipes, designed to appeal to the adult market. One of their chief appeals is their disposability. However, in 2016, UK water firms wrote to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) urging it to investigate the […]

Are Drain Surveys Essential for Urban Regeneration?

August 7, 2017

The UK’s urban population is expanding, which means more pressure on housing. Local authorities, planners and developers are having to find new spaces for housing development. These can include former industrial and commercial sites. Guided by economic and political strategies, urban regeneration picked up momentum in the 1980s and is continuing now, in various forms […]

Can Drain Tracing Sort Out Your Sense of Direction?

August 1, 2017

Drains are hidden underground, which is fine when they are working, but inconvenient when they are not. If we need to discover the source of a drainage problem, we have to first be sure where the pipes are located, and what path they take.   This is where drain tracing is such a valuable asset. […]

How Does Sewerage Risk Management Involve You?

July 29, 2017

What goes down your drains as waste is not something you probably want to spend much, or any, time thinking about. But disposing of waste is a fact of modern life, and even though it seems distant from how we live, it is important how we manage it. All new properties, and some refurbished or […]

What are the Eyes and Brain of a Drainage Investigation?

July 22, 2017

What will give you peace of mind about your drains? A faulty drain if untreated is trouble waiting to happen. In the home or workplace, blocked drains are smelly, and a health hazard. They can cause prolonged disruption if they are not fixed, and if you’re an employer, you might find that you cannot have […]

How a Drain Survey Led the Fight Against Black Mould

June 11, 2017

Black mould looks bad, and it can contain fungi that cause health problems such as asthma and allergies. In some cases, black mould may produce toxins that cause reactions in people. Mould it can appear as the result of water ingress from faulty drainage. When this is the case, a CCTV drain survey is key […]

Will a Drain Survey Expose Whose Drain is Faulty?

June 5, 2017

Whose drain is causing the leak? This is a question we are often called in to answer, when neighbours are in dispute over damp issues. We were called in recently over a dispute between commercial properties over a continuous flood into a basement, where our client was being held responsible. Drainage networks are often complex, […]

Vital Preventative Drain Maintenance for Schools

June 2, 2017

Schools can be complex buildings, which require a high degree of maintenance. During term time, anything disrupting the smooth running of a school, such as a blocked drain, can have an impact on both pupils and staff. Therefore, it is often in a school’s best interests to undertake preventative maintenance during school holidays, to minimise […]

Culverts, Crime Detection and Confined Spaces

May 28, 2017

Culverts maintain water flow beneath or around such infrastructure as bridges, roads or access to properties. They are an essential part of the drainage network, helping to maintain water flow. They are usually made from reinforced concrete, steel or plastic, but regardless of what material they are made from, they require regular maintenance. As part […]

Does Your Lifestyle Mean Your Drains are Blocked?

April 15, 2017

We think of CCTV used for keeping tabs on people, providing protection and surveillance. But what would a CCTV drain survey tell you about your lifestyle? What is going down your drain, should it be there, and what might you do about it? Do You Think Before You Flush? Your drains are something you probably […]

Why Professionals Perform Public Sewer Connections

April 8, 2017

The public sewer carries wastewater, which is foul or surface water, away from properties and into the main sewerage system, maintained by your local utilities company. If your property requires connecting to this network through the public sewer, you must arrange for this to happen. Public sewer connections are the responsibility of individual property owners. […]

How Sonar Helps Us in the Process of Drainage Work

March 29, 2017

Sorting out a drain problem is a process, because issues around damaged and blocked drains can be complex, especially as much of what goes on is normally unseen. One part of this process involves conducting a drain survey using CCTV. This tells us a certain amount about a drainage network. The next thing we must […]

What Technology Does for Drain Detective Work

March 20, 2017

Before the modern drain survey, tackling drainage problems involved more digging around and excavation before any problems could be even begun to be dealt with. Now using CCTV cameras, a drain survey can uncover valuable information about otherwise hidden conditions. How to Find Drain Faults The outward symptoms of problem drains are often easy to […]

Why Professionals Perform Public Sewer Connections

March 10, 2017

The public sewer carries wastewater, which is foul or surface water, away from properties and into the main sewerage system, maintained by your local utilities company. If your property requires connecting to this network through the public sewer, you must arrange for this to happen. Public sewer connections are the responsibility of individual property owners. […]

Does Your Lifestyle Mean Your Drains are Blocked?

February 28, 2017

We think of CCTV used for keeping tabs on people, providing protection and surveillance. But what would a CCTV drain survey tell you about your lifestyle? What is going down your drain, should it be there, and what might you do about it? Do You Think Before You Flush? Your drains are something you probably […]

Can Drain Tracing Help Rescue Lost Pipework?

February 18, 2017

Locating drains can be a problem. Obviously, they are not normally visible, running underground. In addition, drainage networks have changed over time, with new parts being added, or partly replacing old, Victorian drains. These changes are not always accurately updated on records, which means there can be “lost” pipework as certain parts of a local […]

Should Homebuyers Have a CCTV Drain Survey?

February 8, 2017

Drain surveys for homebuyers are becoming increasingly commonplace. This is because the condition of its drains can affect the long-term condition of a property. Knowing exactly what you’re getting when you buy a property is crucial, especially at a time of rocketing house prices. What You Need to Know You can see the outward condition […]

Drain Survey: Are You Pouring More than Fat Down the Drain?

February 1, 2017

The aftermath of the festive season might typically lead to spike in gym membership, but it can also spell trouble for drains and sewers. Recent estimates from scientists suggest that removing grease, oil and fat from the drainage network totals around £50m a year on UK household bills. Another significant figure is the 15 million […]

Public Sewer Connections: Are You Properly Connected for Waste?

January 24, 2017

Most of us are fortunate not to have to rely on a latrine pit to dispose of our waste. It has, however, taken many years for the UK to have a safe, reliable sewerage system, and even know many drains still date from the Victorian era. As recently as the late 19th century, sewerage systems […]

Is a CCTV Drain Survey the Solution to Repeat Blockages?

January 17, 2017

It may feel unfortunate to suffer a blocked drain once, but if this keeps happening, then it probably indicates a more serious drainage problem. Clearly, if you first experience a blocked drain, it’s important to get it fixed, and we can accomplish this swiftly and efficiently. But if you suffer repeat blockages, then the best […]

Drain Tracing: How Sonar Helps Us Diagnose Drainage Problems

January 9, 2017

Sometimes it’s not just about unblocking a drain; it’s to do with us finding out exactly what is wrong, and building up a comprehensive, accurate picture of a drain network. This requires us using modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and methods, and one such method is sonar drain tracing. The Power of Sonar With active sonar, […]

Public Sewer Connections: Lateral Thinking – Who’s Responsible for Sewer Pipes?

December 22, 2016

Do you assume that your property is automatically connected to the public sewer system? You probably imagine that public sewer connections are the responsibility of utilities companies – large scale work that is not to do with you and your home. Have you heard of a lateral drain? This is the drain outside your property […]

Drain Survey: Are You Pouring More than Fat Down the Drain?

December 16, 2016

Are You Pouring More than Fat Down the Drain? The aftermath of the festive season might typically lead to spike in gym membership, but it can also spell trouble for drains and sewers. Recent estimates from scientists suggest that removing grease, oil and fat from the drainage network totals around £50m a year on UK […]

CCTV Drain Survey: Don’t Fall Out with Your Neighbours Over Drains

December 10, 2016

We all like to get on with our neighbours, but sometimes the unexpected can throw up obstacles to good relations. Drains can be a problem in this regard, when it comes to working out who is responsible for drainage. Keeping the peace may require keeping a cool head, but it also may mean finding out […]

How We Root Out Problems Using a CCTV Drain Survey

November 30, 2016

Nature can cause significant drainage damage, and this can have serious long-term consequences if not dealt with. One of the biggest causes of blockages to sewage pipes and drainage networks are tree roots. Along with blocked and leaking drains, tree roots can also lead to building subsidence.   What Attracts Trees to Drains It doesn’t […]

How Drain Tracing Turns Us into True Detectives

November 16, 2016

We detect and diagnose drainage problems and, like detectives doing police work, we have a number of procedures and processes at our disposal to help us get the job done. Over time, the business of examining and fixing drains has become more efficient, with various technological advances. These include CCTV cameras and sonar drain tracing. […]

Avoid Ambushes by Faulty Drains with a CCTV Drain Survey

November 9, 2016

There are nice surprises and unpleasant surprises. Generally, with drains, any surprises are likely to be unwelcome. We like to know as best we can what’s around the corner, but what about what’s underground and otherwise hidden from view? A CCTV drain survey will tell you all about your drains, and it’s an effective means […]

From Drain Spotting to Drain Inspection

October 26, 2016

For some people, a drain is a thing of beauty. Sheffield has its own self-confessed drain spotter, who spends his time looking for rare sewer covers. As part of a local preservation group, he works to retain public heritage features, including covers that date back to Victorian times. While we can appreciate the detective work […]

As the Seasons Change, Think of Your Drains

October 19, 2016

Problems encountered in one part of the year may not occur in another when it comes to your drains. For example, at the end of 2016 the winter was mild, which meant less chance of difficulties associated with frozen pipes, but it was exceptionally wet, leading to flooding and drainage difficulties. When we’re not faced […]

Pump it Up! Keeping the Customers Happy

October 12, 2016

If you run a business you need to have the assurance that all your facilities are working, particularly when it comes to the toilets. Businesses in the hospitality sector are particularly vulnerable if their toilets aren’t in use. It makes the customers unhappy, and it can mean having to close down until the problem is […]

Freeing the Prisoner of the Manhole

October 4, 2016

Drainage issues are commonplace, which is why we work hard to fix them as soon as we can, because we understand that no one likes disruption. However, in some cases, a drainage investigation will be all the more urgent, depending on the location of the problem and who’s involved.   Trapped by the Overflow Imagine […]

How Drain Tracing Helped an Unhappy Landlady

September 28, 2016

Damp is never a happy outcome. The causes of damp can be varied, but it’s important to know exactly why it’s occurring, because otherwise you can spend large amounts of time and money on the wrong solution. Drain tracing is a key way of discovering the causes of damp seepage through external walls.   The […]

The Benefits of Sonar, from Subs to Drain Tracing

September 15, 2016

Sonar is all about sound propagation, and when used in drain tracing it is active, whereby emitted pulses give back echoes to help with acoustic location. The word sonar is originally an acronym for Sound Navigation And Ranging, and it first began to be used in the early part of the 20th century, possibly as […]

Are Blocked Drains a Mammoth Task? Not With a CCTV Drain Survey

September 8, 2016

Recently workers digging up a drain near Mexico City discovered the fossilised remains of a mammoth. These dated from around 14,000 years ago. In terms of blocked drains, a mammoth would be quite an obstacle. You might think it unlikely that drains might contain large blockages without it being obvious, but in fact drains can […]

If it’s Sinkhole Season, What About Drain Surveys?

August 11, 2016

Sinkholes seem to be on the increase in the UK and some of them are the result of human activity as well as persistently wet weather. Periods of prolonged heavy rain or flooding are most likely to expose these holes, when water gradually dissolves around soluble bedrock, but also the sudden drainage of groundwater can […]

Care and Attention: Our Drainage Investigation

August 3, 2016

If you’re told you need a drainage investigation does the prospect fill you with dread? Perhaps you’re anticipating a great deal of disruption and disturbance. You should be aware, however, that in fact we can conduct a drainage investigation in such a way as to cause minimum disruption, and in fact, by having a drainage […]

Buildings Insurance: How a Drain Survey Helps

July 29, 2016

A drain survey is a diagnostic tool, but it also is an important measure in preventing the worst from happening. It can give reassurance to insurers and property owners that the local drainage network is working, and it can provide crucial information should an insurance claim arise. So when it comes to buildings insurance, the […]

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Help Your Business?

July 20, 2016

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Help Your Business? You might not think of drains as being essential to your business, but it’s more than likely that they are. In fact, if you do run a business, there is likely to come a time when you have issues with your drainage. Drains have to face a […]

How a CCTV Drain Survey Helps the Strategy of Building Work

July 13, 2016

If you have a major refurbishment or building project on the go, you want to have things planned well in advance. There will be various elements involved, maybe some renovating and retrofitting, and you’ll require a clear idea of materials required and what sort of contract work will be needed. But from a strategic viewpoint, […]

How We Use Drain Tracing to Solve your Drainage Problems

July 6, 2016

Drains are not always easily accessible, but we need to know what’s down there in order to plan the right solution for your drainage problems. Not all drain blockages or problems are simple to detect, and there can be the additional risk that extensive drainage repairs might disrupt other utilities or pipework. So in these […]

Steady Does It: How Careful is a Drainage Investigation?

June 29, 2016

No one likes disturbance, least of all when it involves your home or property. The worry when it comes to drains is that inspecting them will then result in contractors digging things up and leaving a trail of disruption. However, it may surprise you when we tell you how hassle-free, and careful, a drainage investigation […]