In these tough economic times it is quite common for householders to leave seemingly small maintenance problems alone until it is imperative that they get sorted. While this is understandable from a money point of view, when it comes to drainage it could end up in an expensive mess.

This warning should certainly be heeded as most people do not really feel they need to understand about or tend to the drainage pipes servicing their properties until it is too late.

While most drain pipes seem to take care of themselves, if clogging has been allowed to build up over time, it will eventually get to a point when it becomes more noticeable that a blockage is forming.

Sometimes, however, there is no warning at all and so homeowners are left with an unhygienic situation. Sewage can not only affect the home itself but also the garden too. The backflow of wastewater can cause untold damage to a home and so it is always advisable to heed any signs.

Alternatively, you could ensure total peace of mind and have a drainage contractor perform regular drainage maintenance on the system. In the next article we will think about some common signs that your drains need checking out.

In the not too distant past, should a drainage pipe be damaged and in need of repair, excavation was the general method used by engineers for replacement works to go ahead. This was not only time consuming, it would also lead to quite a bit of disruption in the vicinity of the pipework.

Thankfully, there is now another, more effective, solution within the drainage contractor’s arsenal. Trenchless technology can be used to get to the heart of the matter without having to dig up the area around the pipes.

Drain lining work can be done within a much shorter time frame, and without all the turmoil usually experienced when using the previous ways of working.

The modern liner repair service is just as sturdy and reliable a technique of repairing the pipe than the old method was. In fact, it can really save money for the organisation having to pay for the work to be carried out.

Whatever has caused the pipe to be damaged in the first place, be it subsidence, pressure or root infiltration, trenchless technology can be utilised to provide an efficient form of drain repair.

Speak to your local drainage contractor about the various services they can offer when it comes to drain lining and repairs.

Consumer group Which? has revealed that many customers are unaware that when they sign up for water pipe insurance that it only covers basic servicing, which could leave them open to expensive sewer drainage issues further down the line.

It is costing consumers £100million a year in “unnecessary” cover when free pipe repair schemes are often available from these water companies.

The repair work is not altogether thorough either, according to the CEO at Drain Claim, David Hayes, who said:

“On a daily basis we are seeing the home insurance industry wriggling out of countless drainage insurance claims by using the term ‘serviceable’, a term that we have yet to find a definition for in any home insurance policy documents.

“As far as the innocent insurance customer is concerned the word ‘serviceable’ does not exist when they take out their policies and yet it is being wielded more and more by insurers to convince customers that serious drainage problems can be resolved with a cheap sticking plaster style repair.

“This risky solution leaves customers vulnerable to even greater sewage problems in the future.”

When it comes to sewer problems, it is always worth speaking to the specialists as a reputable drainage contractor will be able to tell you exactly what solution is needed, and perform the right level of repair to prevent any costly situations in the near future.

If you ever require the services of a drainage contractor to maintain the drains connecting your home or work premises with the sewerage network this may be a routine job or to fix a stubborn blockage in the pipes.

Depending on the nature of the callout the engineers may decide to carry out a drain inspection first. This usually involves the use of CCTV surveys, a really cost effective practice which can easily identify any problem within the pipes.

Even if there is no immediate issue to deal with, it may be decided that this is the most appropriate cause of action before the actual cleaning work gets underway.

When it comes to the cleaning of the drains, this can be carried out quickly and effectively. Although it is advised that this is done on a regular basis to ensure the smooth flow of water through the system, once it has been completed this should mean you are not going to experience any immediate drainage problems.

High pressure water jetting is the method commonly used to flush through the drainage system and power through any clogging which happens to be there. The force of the water is normally enough to remove even the most stubborn of blockages.

Local firms in West Didsbury can now get on with their trading again after regional water company United Utilities announced the end of large scale drainage maintenance works as part of their River Mersey improvements scheme.

Since the start of January Burton Road had been closed to allow for the building of a new sewer overflow chamber. Last Wednesday the road was made accessible again, meaning relief for those using the busy junction with Lapwing Lane and Cavendish Road.

The water company has made a point of praising local traders for their understanding while the £1.4 million project was being carried out by the drainage engineers.

Project manager at United Utilities, Gary Marsh, said:

“It’s great news for everyone in West Didsbury that we’ve got Burton Road open again, in time for the Easter weekend.

“We had to overcome some hurdles, including redesigning parts of our work to avoid gas pipes and telephone cables. But the team have really pulled out all the stops, working weekends, to make sure we finished on time.

“We know the work has been disruptive, and I’d like to say a big thank you to local people for their patience.”

It is true that many people never really think about their drains until something happens to their property. Should such an unfortunate incident occur you will realise just how serious a problem it can be.

If there is a blocked drain this can end up causing health and environmental issues. So, once the wastewater makes its way back to the surface, you will have to call a drainage contractor in to deal with the situation.

This is because these engineers will be able to come round to your home and inspect the drains for themselves. They can repair any damage to the drains and look at rectifying the situation so it is not allowed to happen again in the near future.

CCTV surveys are one method the professionals often use as this helps them to get a better picture of what is going on within the drainage system. The survey can locate the cause of the blockage and work to remove it.

When a drain does get blocked like this it can sometimes prove costly, especially if flooding has occurred within your home. So, it is always advised to have drainage maintenance carried out on a more regular basis as a precautionary measure.

Despite the government enforcing changes to the ownership of drains in this country back in October 2011, many people are still unsure as to where the responsibility lies when a drainage issue rears its head.

In this article, we will be looking briefly at this issue to hopefully clarify a few things so that should you ever have a need to call out a specialist drainage contractor you understand where you stand from the outset.

Before the new rules were introduced, homeowners had to take responsibility for the drainage of wastewater from their property until it entered the sewerage system. This may have even involved pipes which were outside the boundary of your home.

However, since the end of last year, all private sewers and lateral drains are now included as part of the public network of sewers. Therefore, if any of the drains within your property boundaries are used to service any other property, it is up to the regional water company to deal with it now instead. In addition to this, once the drain has left your land it is not your responsibility either.

In practice, this means that the water company will have a lot more drainage which comes within their remit and so only the drains solely used by your home need to be maintained at your own cost.

You may have read recently about how water company Yorkshire Water have been making use of an unusual method to take on the problems they have been having with sewer blockages in the region. We will now consider how this works in practice.

The bacillus bacteria, which can be found in the gut of humans, is organically grown to feed on the fat, greases and oils accumulating in the sewerage system. Before it is poured into the sewer, it is first mixed with non-chlorinated water.

These fat-busting bugs, as they have come to be known, were originally used in a trial by the water company but after a number of successes during the festive period, they have been deployed in a wider programme within the city of York.

A new approach to the growing issue of sewer blockages was required, with this solution now seeming to be working on an on-going basis.

Yorkshire Water’s stakeholder engagement manager, Simon Young, said:

“The deployment of fat-busting bugs in our sewer network is an example of this, with these ‘good’ bacteria literally feasting on solidified fat in our sewer. And because these bacteria constantly multiply in the right environment, we can leave them to get on with their job in our sewers, seven days a week, 24 hours a day, without the need for regular dosing.”