Whilst the drainage contractor will aim to carry out any repair work or install pipes and drains without having to dig up the road, it is unfortunately not always feasible to use trenchless technology methods. In this case, excavation work would be required to take on the job and complete it successfully.

One thing you can be assured of however is that the drainage maintenance team will do all they can to minimise the disruption caused to the street, public highway or home where they are working. Traditional trench excavation requires specialist engineers to undertake this kind of work, so you should always contact the professionals in the first instance.

These engineers have already been trained to meet all health and safety regulations and are experienced in working in the private as well as public sector. The training involves how to work in confined spaces and the need to be competent in drain replacement and pipe installation.

Risk assessments are conducted before any work is started as a matter of course and in accordance with current legislation.

So if you are in need of drainage engineers to come and inspect the drain to see if it needs to be replaced or repaired, get in touch with the experts today.

Most of the country has basked in soaring temperatures over the past few days, with yesterday recorded as the hottest so far this year, however flash flooding is now expected in many parts of England.

The Environment Agency and Met Office have warned of this threat as heavy showers are due to hit southern, eastern and central areas this week.

Localised flooding could be the result of this sudden downpour, although the risk to rivers is not expected to be high as water levels are considerably low at present.

Preparing for flooding is the last thing that many people anticipated after summer really took off, with Gravesend in Kent seeing temperatures increase to 32.8C.

Between 25mm and 50mm of rain could fall in some areas, leading to the heightened chances of surface water flooding.

Environment Agency teams are on stand-by as the rain moves across England.

A spokesman for the Met Office said the “sheer volume of rainfall falling in such a short space of time” could lead to the aforementioned flooding problems.

If you notice any flooding due to drainage in the street or around your home, it is always advisable to speak to a drainage contractor to find out the best way to proceed.

The national ‘Bag It and Bin It’ group was founded to combat the growing problems with Britain’s sewerage system, caused by the way households dispose of their waste. One of the areas highlighted by the campaign was how pouring fats, oils and greases (FOG) down the sink can create a number of serious issues with the drains.

It is all about educating people to get rid of their household waste in the most appropriate way possible, which is usually by bagging it and then binning it, leaving it to be removed by the local authority’s waste disposal and recycling services.

When it comes to FOG, there are plenty of people out there who do cannot comprehend the harm that disposing of these ‘liquids’ can do to the pipework of the drains. This is generally because they do not think about the fact that these substances soon solidify upon contact with the sewer walls, thus causing it to stick to the sides.

When the trapped debris builds up, it can lead to a blockage, and no passage through where the waste water can flow. The system back up can result in the flooding of homes and a huge clean-up operation. To prevent this from happening, always collect FOG in a fat trap or container and then place it in the bin.

Waste management within a home is something that needs to be approached with a responsible attitude. Although it might seem obvious to some people, problems can occur when disposable and personal products are flushed down the toilet.

More than two-thirds of blockages within the sewers are caused by synthetic materials which have been disposed of in this way, so it is no wonder that utility companies and drainage contractors are concerned with this growing issue.

These problems with the sewerage system can lead to waste water flowing in to homes as well as affecting the environment by polluting rivers.

The national ‘Bag It and Bin It’ group was set up to tackle this concern and protect Britain’s coastlines and riverbanks from being littered by sewage-related debris. Blocked pipes and the flooding of properties can also be the result of items disposed of in an inappropriate way.

To get rid of something in the best way it is necessary to consider the type of waste. If in doubt, it is more responsible to bag it and put it in the bin for collection, or even take to the local tip yourself.

This can help to reduce the harmful effects that doing such things like pouring oils, fats and greases down the sink does to the drains and sewers. Otherwise drainage maintenance may prove to be a costly solution.

While in some situations excavation is still unavoidable, there are now far more repair techniques available to contractors that do not require a road or street to be dug up in order for drain repairs to be carried out.

This means that the latest processes are time-saving and efficient so that the drain does not always have to be exposed so that the defective area can be accessed by engineers. Whether it is a non-structural or structural issue with the drain, the following techniques are commonly used to prevent the need for excavation.

Pipes can now be repaired and cracks or holes mended through the use of patch liners which seal the affected area. For non-structural work, this technique is widely used, along with patch grouting which can reduce the chances of the drain failing in the future.

When it comes to structural repairs, and a more widespread issue, soft lining is often used to repair the pipe damage. Excavation is sometimes required though, especially if the pipes do eventually need replacing.

These techniques are put to good use by the drainage contractor and where it is possible to prevent traditional dig repairs, liners can prove to be extremely cost-effective.

If you ever find a leak coming from the pipes that deliver your water supply, it is important to turn it off straight away. Burst water pipes are a common problem in households, especially following periods of cold weather and freezing temperatures when things start to improve.

To tackle this issue, the following advice should make it possible for you to protect your property and enable you to get the pipes repaired as quickly as possible.

The first thing you need to do in such a situation is close your stop tap, which can be located below your sink in the kitchen or somewhere in the garage. By turning off your supply of water you can help to restrict any further flooding of your home.

For those with a cold water tank, this can be turned off by going up into the loft or storage cupboard, depending on where it is kept. You should also turn off the electrics.

There are home kits you can buy to provide a temporary solution to a leaking pipe. However, it is always advisable to call in a plumber to sort the problem.

When the issue is drain-related and your home is at risk of flooding, then the drainage maintenance experts should be the ones to call first. They can check out the pipe system for you and remove any blocked drains.

It has been reported that over 13,000 residential properties and nearly 1,300 businesses in the Lothians, Scotland, are in danger of suffering flood damage in the near future.

According to official calculations published in a flood management consultation by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the damage resulting from this flooding could total at least £115 million.

The document reveals that the area is particularly vulnerable from the flooding of various rivers and their tributaries and this is all detailed in the report.

SEPA has proposed a number of flood defence measures to be installed in the places most at risk from flooding. The scale of the problem could be quite widespread, so the plan of action has been devised accordingly.

Stewart Stevenson, the Environment Minister, said:

“Flooding can have a devastating impact on homes and businesses. I welcome these measures which are designed to reduce the risk of flooding and ensure that, where floods occur, they are effectively managed.”

The Braid Burn Flood Prevention Scheme in Edinburgh is one such measure which has already been successfully implemented after 250 homes and businesses were significantly damaged by flooding back in 2000.

In addition to these flood defences, it is also necessary to carry out regular drain inspection work to ensure that the sewerage system is flowing as it should and not at risk of flooding.

It is not just damaged pipes and drainage systems that require specialists to tackle the problem. Root removal is another service offered by the drainage professionals which is needed when the pipe system becomes blocked or its structure damaged by roots from shrubs, hedges and trees.

Roots just seem to always find their way into drainage systems and this issue needs to be addressed before it escalates. Flailing equipment in conjunction with high pressure water jetting is the most common solution used to cut these troublesome roots from the blocked pipes.

As roots start to burrow into the ground looking for a supply of water, they do not care if the source is a surface water drain or whatever. Root ingress is a common issue for drainage maintenance companies to have to deal with.

This root ingress can be removed by using the techniques described above. It won’t take the operative long to get rid of the roots using spin jetting and once this is achieved, the next stage is to prevent any more damage occurring to the pipe.

As an effective no dig repair method, a liner can be installed to strengthen the pipework and ensure the roots do not find an easy way in again.

It has been reported in the news that climate scientists and weather observers have warned the news trends which seem to have been sweeping Europe over recent years are all set to continue.

The fact that many areas of England and Wales are now being declared as drought zones following on from an extremely cold winter, could all be part of a changing climate. We may have to become accustomed to the rollercoaster of weather, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

A spokesman for the UN-run body has declared that “in Europe, a clear trend is emerging towards drier springs.
This year’s drought follows exceptionally dry years in 2007, 2009 and 2010.”

With Scotland having experienced its wettest May to date, it just goes to show how important the maintenance of the nation’s drainage systems is over the coming years. The repair and improvement of sewers and residential drainage pipes is crucial to protecting against the problems caused by flooding.

Flood defences are useful in some areas, but with previously unaffected regions of the country now experiencing the worst of the climate extremes, it is necessary to ensure that everywhere is ready for the impact caused by global warming.

So it is good to know that Britain contains a number of drainage maintenance and installation companies who can help with these kinds of issues.

The new European Union directive on providing funding for flood defences has been met with criticism by Welsh politicians over the term “significant flood risk”. This is due to the fact that much of the country’s population is spread out across different areas and so does not meet the requirements to be deemed a priority.

Concerns over the risk of flooding in parts of Wales had been put to the Welsh Assembly Government, but the cash has already been put aside for surface water flooding reinforcements in places like Swansea, Cardiff, the central Valleys and Neath instead.

The sparseness of the population density in the rest of the country has been attributed as the factor that means it does not meet the Environment Agency threshold levels.

The fear is that rural areas may be at greater risk of flooding and the shift in priority to urban centres may lead to inadequate defences in these more isolated, smaller communities.

Surface-water flooding is a major problem, and not just in parts of Wales. Drainage contractors are often called out to perform maintenance and assessments regarding this issue throughout the United Kingdom.

The consequences of flooding on the economy, environment and heritage of a community – not to mention its impact on human health – means that it is something which cannot be underestimated.