There are a number of tools at our disposal when it comes to drainage inspection and the detecting and diagnosing of drainage problems. Our methods have evolved and become both modernised and more streamlined. Where once we would have relied on drainage rods, now our kit includes CCTV cameras and sonar drain tracing equipment. The detective work is equally important as problem solving, and we have various ways of investigating drains in advance of working out what action to take.

Drain tracing is a vital part of what we do, enabling us to pinpoint with great accuracy the locations of defects and faults. We use it in conjunction with the CCTV drain survey, where we can take the data we’ve gathered there and focus on key trouble spots prior to any excavation work.

It’s crucial that we’re fully prepared and knowledgeable about any situation where we’re going to be working, and sonar drain tracing gives us an early warning about any tricky locations or issues around concealed manholes and collapsed pipes.

It works like this. Specialist drain tracing equipment sends electrical pulses down the drain network, via a transmitter placed in the drain. These sonar pulses can be followed by our team above ground using a receiver, enabling us to get a clear reading of what the network below ground is like.

The use of drain tracing technology is economical both in terms of saving us time and effort prior to starting any work, and in what it costs you the customer as the information gathered allows us to quote accurately and affordably for the work to be done.

Needless to say, the benefits overall are that we’re able to undertake and complete our work on your behalf with maximum efficiency, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that we’ve done this using the very best, cutting edge equipment.

We all want peace of mind and drains are not where we want our surprises to come from. Knowledge is power, so the old quote goes, and it’s particularly true when it comes to drains and CCTV drain surveys.

Most likely you have a business plan, you have milestones and goals, projected turnover and profits to consider. Drains probably don’t normally figure in all of this.

But what if your drains aren’t working quite as they should? What sort of cost might this be to you if they end up in a bad state? What will the effects be on your staff and customers? In short, what could faulty drains end up costing you in business terms?

There’s nothing wrong with giving your drains a health check, and if you’ve already got your suspicions, then why take the risk? You might also consider that CCTV drain surveys are often a requirement from banks and mortgage companies for property purchases, so it’s not just us, it really is sound advice and good practice to get your drains looked at properly.

CCTV drain surveys are quick and efficient, and quite possibly a money, and business, saver. We go in with precision sonar drain tracing, we provide you with a full report and accompanying DVD of the footage, and we devise a personalised action plan for you, depending on what the report’s findings are.

The CCTV drain survey will give you a full drain mapping result and diagnosis, clearly showing where there is any deterioration, or weaknesses and faults within your drainage system. If you think you need one, are you willing to take the chance of not having one?

Remember, it’s better to know so you can take action sooner and save yourself a lot more trouble later.

Construction is a vital sector in our economy, and with building costs high and the recovery going fairly slow, builders need to minimise disruption to their work as much as possible when starting a new project. Location is key, and, crucially, an understanding of what builders will be building on or over.

This is where drain mapping and drain tracing become essential to building projects. Building over agreements are usually part of the approvals process when it comes to sewers so it’s important that contractors are aware of all the consequences when thinking ahead.

Often a firm is required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire before it can become an approved contractor, particularly with regard to work being commissioned by local councils, and an accurate drainage report will need to be included. Time is also a crucial factor here: a huge amount of effort goes into planning building work, and a contractor’s ability to meet required milestones is essential, so any drainage investigation and consequent report needs to be turned around quickly and professionally.

Builders require precise integral reports and schematic plans of drainage systems and pipework. Effective drain mapping needs to include the location of drainage runs, details of pipework materials and any defects discovered, the size of pipework and any hidden connections.

Drainage Consultants Ltd has a huge amount of professional experience mapping and tracing drains, producing schematic plans to order along with survey sheets and a DVD of CCTV drain survey footage. We also include manhole survey sheets, giving details of all connection points and pipe diameters entering or leaving the manhole.

We understand how important it is to get these details right and to provide the kind of absolutely assured drainage information that builders can rely on and trust. Supply us with your site plans and we can quote quickly for any work that you require.

What are the business implications of having drains that don’t function properly, or become completely blocked? Whether you’re a business owner or a landlord, you could face a variety of serious and damaging consequences should drainage problems occur. It’s worth considering having your drains thoroughly inspected and a cost effective way of doing this is with a CCTV drain survey.

Having drains in poor condition can cause serious problems. If you run a customer-facing business you might have to shut it down while the drainage is being looked at – there are health and safety issues that might impact on you, resulting in unscheduled downtime. You might be putting your business premises in danger of flooding. Furthermore, if you’re a landlord you have obligations to your tenants regarding the condition of your property, and making sure the drains work, and that no one is going to be flooded out, is a very big one.

If you were feeling unwell you’d visit your doctor for a check up, and if there were signs of certain things being not quite right then the doctor would arrange to have tests done. It shouldn’t be any different for your property. If there’s any sign that your drains aren’t working as they should then the best thing you can do is to get them checked out.

A CCTV drain survey can reveal any weaknesses or problem areas and indicate how best to remedy them. This method minimises disruption to your property and becomes the basis for a thorough report and health-check for your drains. CCTV drain surveys are now an established industry-standard diagnostic tool and many banks and mortgage companies insist on them before granting loans for property purchases.

Don’t forget, early detection and diagnosis of a drainage problem, whether it’s a blocked drain or general pipe deterioration, will save you money and heartache in the long run.