Backflow can occur in a drainage or plumbing system due to a number of different factors. As well as the common blockage, when the wrong items are flushed down a toilet, where there is nowhere left for the water to go, except for going back the way it came, is a burst mains pipe or an incorrect installation.

It can be an issue when the water pressure is not high enough to allow the water to flow as it should. In order to put this right, whatever the reason for the backflow, a drain inspection is necessary to determine if there are products blocking the system or if it is because of any other reason, as mentioned above.

You can prevent blockages from building up by only flushing the right things down a toilet, instead of items which are not meant to be disposed of in this way. Therefore, backflow will no longer be an issue for you.

Other preventative options for different scenarios within plumbing systems include installing backflow preventers like non-return valves to help with this. It all depends on the assessment of the situation and what measures are the most suitable. Speak to the maintenance experts on the best way to proceed.

There are a number of reasons why drains may be cracked and damaged, with joints at risk of opening up. These include such things as water infiltration, vehicular traffic, root ingress or ground movement.

In order to find a solution to the issue, you may not necessarily need to excavate the area around the drain, but this will be determined by the drain inspection.

The defective area in the pipe will need to be repaired, if not replaced, and so the following structural and non-structural techniques are now available to carry out any of these repairs.

Patch lining and chemical grouting are non-structural repair techniques to seal the area of water ingress, which, when left to continue, could severely damage a drainage system.

For more extensive problems, and more widespread defects, structural repairs like soft lining is used. In extreme cases the pipe may have to be replaced, but this method of installation is an excellent option to consider instead of the need for traditional excavation work.

You can be sure that these modern methods are both quick and efficient, not to mention being very cost effective too. So for the minimum amount of disruption, get in touch with a reliable drainage contractor today.

Water companies have made a concerted effort over the past few years to educate home and business owners about the problems which can be caused when unsuitable items are flushed away into the toilet and drains.
The result of this can lead to sewer blockages and so it is often the case that a drainage contractor is called in to deal with the situation.

Current campaigns such as United Utilities’ ‘What Not To Flush’ have been initiated because of these dangers and stressing the fact that a toilet should not be used as if it were a bin.

The company’s wastewater network manager for Cumbria, Paul Rigby, explained why the campaign was set up in the first place when he said:

“United Utilities clears 15,000 sewer blockages a year after the wrong items are flushed away. In most cases a blockage causes sewage to flood onto roads, pavements and even into customers’ homes. By using a bin in the bathroom instead of flushing waste, many of these cases of flooding can be avoided.”

This is not an isolated issue as water companies and drainage contractors up and down the country have to investigate and repair blockages and damaged pipes due to misuse of the sewer system.

Rather than having to deal with the stressful aftermath of blocked drains or flooding which can often occur at this time of year, it is always better to anticipate any issues at the outset. By checking your drains you can help to prevent many problems.

The first tip is to consider installing strainers in the plug holes of baths and kitchen sinks as they can prove to be very handy at catching hair and other debris which can cause drain blockages.

Whenever you are left with grease and fat after cooking, make sure you don’t pour it down the drain afterwards. Instead, you should let it cool and then place it in the bin.

Remember that paint, oil and other similar substances are not suitable for drain disposal either.

Always try and remove any blockages while they are less serious as this can save a lot of anguish later on. Using simple DIY techniques can solve minor problems, but don’t take on anything you are not trained to handle.

If in doubt, you should always get in touch with a professional drainage company who has the right technical expertise and equipment to inspect the drains and provide a quote for any work which is required.

If you live in South West England close to Bristol then it is worth getting yourself acquainted by the future works happening in the area. Drainage maintenance work is always necessary to ensure that the water is flowing as it should and that the sewerage system is working effectively.

Bristol Water, the utility company responsible for water in the city of Bristol have revealed that works are planned for Clifton, Yate, Little Badminton, Lockleaze and Monks Park during the months of July through September. For more details on each, please refer to the information below.

Mains renewal works are due to start on Monday 25 July at Brangwyn Grove, Lockleaze, Sundridge Park, Yate and Luckington Road, Monks Park for four weeks, four weeks and five weeks respectively.

Starting Monday 1 August, and lasting for two weeks, are works at Well Lane in Little Badminton.

On August 15, works will begin in Cotman Walk, Lockleaze, lasting for four weeks, while a week later the same will be occurring at Ambra Vale East, Clifton. Also in Clifton, Blackboy Hill and Mornington Road will be affected for one week from September 5.

These works are all part of Bristol Water’s water mains renewal or lining programme, which is on-going. This will improve the security and quality of the water supply. In the meantime, temporary road closures are required, with alternative routes made available.

The latest trenchless technology techniques, such as impact moling, have really changed the way in which drainage contractors operate, as the need for excavating a road or public highway every time maintenance needs to be carried out has now been eliminated. However, there are still occasions on which traditional trench excavation work is the only way around a problem.

When pipes can be repaired or installed without having to disrupt the flow of traffic on a road is always the aim for any drainage contractor, but each situation has to be looked at in terms of what is the most effective for this set of circumstances.

So when pipes are beyond repair, the specialist engineering teams may be left with no choice but to recommend that new water supply pipes, land drains or pumped drainage lines be installed through excavation. A risk assessment will assist in the drain replacement planning process.

Any inconvenience will always be kept to a minimum while this work is being undertaken and you can also be assured that current health and safety regulations are being adhered to. These specialists are trained for working in confined spaces and are used to public highway maintenance works for the public sector.

It is only natural for people to address the issues that affect us in the now, rather than having to think about all the other possibilities in life. When it comes to the home or business, it always seems like situations present themselves without warning. However, with drainage maintenance you can usually see the signs, before anything happens.

So while it is impossible to consider every problem that could occur due to drainage systems, you can certainly do something about it before it becomes very expensive for you and your business. A comprehensive drain maintenance contract will protect your premises from issues relating to your drains.

This well-planned work will be carried out by an experienced drainage contractor who can undertake preventative measures meaning you won’t have to worry about unexpected problems such as flooding due to blockages; if anything does happen outside of their control then you can be sure that reactive maintenance will be carried out right away.

Disruption will be kept to a minimum when you agree on planned maintenance from the drain specialists as it can be arranged for the time and date that suits you best, allowing you to continue running your business operations effectively.

It has been revealed that the Government are to transfer ownership of many private sewers and lateral drains to water and sewerage companies from the 1st of October this year. This makes the responsibility for drainage maintenance more straightforward and is designed to ensure the sewerage system is managed more effectively.

As well as better control over the environment, this move will mean that network problems can be sorted quickly and effectively by the appointed drainage contractor.

The changes will however affect the responsibility of domestic property owners for the sewers around their home. As the repair and maintenance of some private sewers and lateral drains beyond your boundary may have been your responsibility in the past, this may now come under the remit of the water company.

If you are unsure about who to call in the event of an emergency, you can always speak to a drainage specialist to clarify things for you. A drain inspection can always determine the location of a blockage and where this actually is.

The work of drainage contractors in carrying out effective maintenance and repair work will continue throughout these proposed changes, so you can rest assured that if you do find the problematic drains are on your land, the issue will still be dealt with as soon as possible.

The sewerage system is more than just the water and waste flushed down the toilet as it includes water from the sink and rainwater from footpaths and roads too. This water has been collected from a wide range of sources and contains a variety of waste products.

In order for the sewers to flow as they should, it is crucial that it only contains substances which need to be there. However, many of us are guilty of using sewers to dispose of all kinds of unwanted liquids and solids, either unwittingly or knowingly.

When items not suitable for the sewers build up, this can result in blockages and flooding, while problems may be experienced at the sewage treatment works too.

Therefore, you shouldn’t ever flush plastics, rubber, packaging and other types of rubbish which is non-biodegradable down the toilet. The same can be said for pouring fat and used oil down the sink and into the drains as once the substance hardens it can cause all kinds of obstructions.

Drainage maintenance is often unavoidable, but when it is necessary due to the circumstances above, with just a bit of care and consideration, you could have saved on any expensive repair costs and help to reduce the strain put on the sewerage system.

Residents of Perth in central Scotland have demanded action be taken after flash floods caused havoc on the streets for the third year in a row.

The problems arose as 20mm of rainfall hit the Fair City last week causing homeowners to scramble for sandbags in order to look after their property.

During the same month last year, as well as the year before that, flash flooding has left the drains and sewerage system unable to cope with the water.

And now local people within the town have called for the drainage to be improved and brought up to modern standards. They have become frustrated with the frequency of these emergency situations and the impact of these heavy downpours which are leading to this surface water flooding.

Perth and Kinross Council revealed how they did all they could to respond to the situation.

A spokesperson said:

“As a council we will always do what we can with the resources available to us, both to promote precautionary measures to reduce the risk of flooding and to assist residents affected by flooding, together with our community planning partners.

“However, primary responsibility for protecting properties from flooding rests with the owner. We have contacted Scottish Water regarding the problems which arose last week.”