A drain survey can be a key preventative measure taken to provide reassurance to property owners and insurers that a local drainage network is working as it should. It can also provide crucial information in the event of an insurance claim. Faulty drains require immediate repair or buildings risk mounting drainage problems, possibly leading to complete failure of the drainage system and subsidence.

Should the worst happen, if you’re a property owner you may in fact find that your existing buildings insurance covers the cost to repair or replace damaged drainage systems. Generally this cover will be valid if a drainage system has been regularly maintained.

However, you may also find the task of making a claim to be daunting, particularly with regard to any technical questions that can arise around drainage and drain failure.

In this light, a drain survey can prove to be an invaluable asset. It provides the right kind of information required to enable you to make a claim under buildings insurance. It will also give the insurer vital information to support the claim. A drain survey will locate trouble spots in drainage systems, including incursion from tree roots, or where the pipework has become degraded. It will also be able to pinpoint where blockages have occurred and what contributing factors there are to any damage.

Finally, the drain survey will assist in determining the right course of remedial action required to put things right. By referring to the collected survey data, including CCTV survey footage, we can then provide an accurate quotation for the repair or replacement work, again essential for your buildings insurance claim.

We can, if necessary, also provide a full subsidence report to insurers, in addition to a drain survey. Our services involve detection, diagnosis, preventative and remedial work. We’re here to maintain drainage systems and, should things go wrong, take the right course of action to get them fixed.

There’s a housing shortage and house prices in the UK are on the rise, and have been for some time. Buying a house is a bigger financial commitment than ever so making the right choice is critical. The homebuyer survey is a vital part of the house buying process and it’s there to make sure that the buyer knows exactly what condition a property is in prior to purchase.

CCTV drain surveys have increasingly become a vital part of the information supplied to homebuyers in advance of buying a property. There are some things regarding drains that you need to consider when buying a house. Firstly, where your responsibilities begin and end. A CCTV drain survey will make this clear. Secondly, the survey can reveal any weaknesses or problem areas that could have a bearing on the value of your home. These might include blockages, pipe deterioration and damage from tree root incursion.

Older properties may well have drainage weaknesses and issues, but this can also be true of new houses if they have badly laid drainage. Furthermore, in 2014 the UK had its wettest winter on record so it’s worth noting that a properly functioning drainage system is an essential defence against flooding. There is also the possibility that drains have been wrongly connected, or that leakage from drains is posing the threat of subsidence.

A pre-purchase CCTV drain survey might not seem an immediate priority if you’re a prospective house buyer, but depending on the area and the condition of the property, it may well be something you don’t want to exclude.

It always makes sense to be in full possession of the facts before you decide on any action and our CCTV drain surveys can provide you with vital information in advance of your decision whether to buy or not.

Plans are essential. Knowing where things are and how they’re likely to be affected by your actions is crucial when it comes to building and refurbishment work. The question then is, are your plans reliable? Are you confident that you have the most up to date version? Sometimes you might not even have the luxury of this answer, because the plans have been lost somewhere back in
the past.

If you’re planning a building or refurbishment project, drain mapping will give you the answers you need before you make any kind of important decision about what to do next. But what sort of things about your drains will you find out from drain mapping?

Typically, drain mapping will show the network of drain and sewer pipes, inspection chambers, manholes, flow direction and connections. It will reveal the diameter of drains, their condition and how watertight they are. You’ll be able to discover the depth of pipes and, if they are laid in shallow areas, whether or not they have received any damage as a result.

Any building extensions you’re considering shouldn’t be made over inspection chambers or manholes. You also need to be considering what diversion routes you can make available should there be a requirement for any future reconstruction of the sewer network, so that your building won’t be affected.

You should think of drain mapping as an essential planning element for your construction project. Our state of the art drain mapping technology involves CCTV drain surveying, which gives us an accurate picture of the drainage network from which we can produce a detailed report and schematic plans
for you.

We’re Drainage Consultants Ltd and we have years of professional experience in drain mapping and working with the construction sector to prepare for a wide range of construction and refurbishment projects. Contact us today to see how we can work with you to ensure you have all the necessary information on hand to plan and execute your work.

Drain tracing is a diagnostic tool for investigating the nature of drainage problems, particularly where there are issues around access. It’s an essential technique for information-gathering when the situation calls for prior knowledge of a drainage system before any remedial work can take place. Not all drain blockages are simple to detect, and in situations where extensive drainage repairs might disrupt other utilities or pipework, sonar drain tracing becomes a key component in our work.

Drain tracing involves us transmitting electrical pulses through the drainage network using specialist equipment. Our team above-ground then follows these transmissions with a receiver, enabling us to pick up on issues such as damaged drains or blockages, or expose specific features like concealed manholes.

Once we’ve completed the drain tracing, the data we’ve gathered is analysed and compiled, contributing to an accurate picture of the state of the particular drainage network. The drain tracing procedure is cost-effective in terms of both manpower and time spent. It gives us a necessary forewarning of any likely obstacles we’re likely to face when we’re planning drain repairs.

This also helps us to give you an accurate quote for the work we will need to undertake on your behalf. So while there is a cost involved in the drain tracing itself, ultimately it’s a money-saving device because it allows us to accurately predict what our overall costs will be and it contributes to our planning and preparation for the job in hand.

Here at Drainage Consultants Ltd we very much believe in using state of the art technology to diagnose drainage problems, contributing to the professionalism and efficiency of our work. We place these tools and procedures at the heart of what we do, vital to the essential services we provide to you, our customers.

For all and any drainage problems, please don’t hesitate to call Drainage Consultants Ltd today.

If one person in every five in the north west fries food at least three days a week, and if this involves fat being poured down the sink, then the potential for drain blockages is high. Utility companies answer a large number of callouts arising from congealed cooking fat blocking drains and the cost is huge, at least £20 million spent in the region annually.

Fat and grease from cooking starts to solidify as it cools down. Over time it coats the internal walls of pipes and chambers so reducing the internal bore, or diameter, of the drainage system. The more oil and fat put down the drain, the less efficient the drains are likely to become, which in turn means less oil and grease can be flushed away, so there is an ongoing cause and effect.

Large public sewers and drains will have to cope with oil and fat from restaurants, pubs and other food outlets. For domestic drains, their ability to work efficiently is hampered by fat gathering in the area beneath the sink and where the kitchen outlet meets the main drainage pipe.

A drain survey is crucial in diagnosing this kind of blockage, particularly in being able to detect the build up of fat and grease before it gets to the stage where cleaning it up is going to be time consuming and costly.

Where drainage is persistently slow, or blockages are frequent, a drain survey can reveal exactly the extent of the issue. Once the drainage system has been thoroughly examined, using sonar tracing and CCTV cameras, we can get a clear idea of where the blockages are and if there are any weaknesses in the system that are enabling them to occur.

There are steps you can take to avoid blockages from fat and grease, most obviously by limiting the amount of oil and fat you put down the drain, or avoiding doing it altogether. If, however, this advice comes too late, a drain survey will at least provide you with a proper diagnosis of your drainage problem and we will be able to recommend the best plan of action to have your drains fixed and working as they should.

In August a huge, 40ft sinkhole opened up on the Mancunian Way in central Manchester. It is likely to cause traffic disruption for months to come. The explanation for all this may be erosion from persistent and heavy rain. However, another common cause of sinkholes is deteriorating sewage or drainage pipes. In fact the two possibilities are intimately linked: increased rainfall can cause ground movement that in turn can damage drainage networks.

Sinkholes can open up close to extensive building developments because water runs off onto the surrounding land rather than soaking into rocks below. Another reason why a drain survey can be an essential tool in either the prevention or diagnosis of drainage problems.

The implications of drainage issues for householders and businesses can be severe. Obviously a 40ft sinkhole is a rather dramatic example, but drain blockages and collapsed sewer pipes are enough of a cause for concern. Even persistent drain clogging can be disruptive even if its effects aren’t immediately catastrophic.

Drains are an essential part of a working infrastructure and people expect them to work properly and efficiently on a day-to-day basis. Which is why it often comes as a shock when they don’t.

The drain survey is a crucial investigative tool when it comes to drains. Sonar drain tracing and CCTV cameras allow us to thoroughly inspect and assess a drainage network. We produce a comprehensive report from our findings, including a DVD of the CCTV footage. Where we’ve discovered deterioration or other drainage problems we then provide a clear set of recommendations in an action plan.

We can do all this with minimum environmental impact, providing you with crucial knowledge about your drainage network and pointing the way forward for whatever remedial action needs to be taken. It’s often worth taking steps now to prevent worse things happening later.

No one wants to be surprised by a sinkhole.

For many of us, dealing with temporary blockages to our drains is something we’re happy to take care of ourselves, from using a plunger to unscrewing the p-trap to clear out anything that’s settled and causing an obstruction. And we’re all familiar with commercially available drain unblocking products, the sort you pour down the sink and leave to do the unclogging for you.

But unfortunately there are going to be times when our efforts won’t be enough, when whatever it is that’s blocking the drains is persistent, hard to detect, and clearly isn’t going anywhere. Often the causes of a persistent blockage are the standard kinds of things, such as oil and fat clogging up the drains from the kitchen sink, or the wrong sort of stuff being flushed down the toilet. But the only way to uncover what’s really going on down there is with a CCTV drain survey.

The advantage of having a CCTV drain survey is that however murky, unpleasant and inaccessible your blocked drains appear to be, this technology will be able to expose the detail and help with a proper diagnosis of the problem.

You may baulk at the idea of commissioning a professional drain survey for what might appear to be a standard property issues, but it’s a real asset when it comes to dealing with persistent drain clogging. The CCTV drain survey is a very cost-effective way of finding out the root causes of drainage problems that can save you a lot of money and heartache in the long-term.

We use precision tools to locate defective areas and problems, employing sonar drain tracing and CCTV cameras that can access a range of different pipes. Once our engineers have completed the survey they will supply you with a full report and accompanying DVD of the CCTV footage. From this they will be able to come up with a personal plan for you in order to fix your drainage problems.

The drain survey isn’t a cure for blocked drains, but it is invaluable in enabling us to detect and diagnose a problem. Then we provide the cure. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that drain blockages are commonplace. Luckily, we have the technology and tools to be able to find out what the issue is in a quick, efficient and economical manner.

Why is this happening to me? That’s something we hear quite a lot. There are things that can happen over which you don’t have any control. For example, your pipe network may be old and deteriorating, unbeknownst to you. But there are common causes of blocked drains that you can at least look out for.

Your delicious Sunday roast could come back to haunt you. The clogging of drains by grease and fat is one of the most common causes of blockages. Fatty substances will stick to the inside of pipes, gradually building up over time until other liquid can’t get past.

Flushing unsuitable objects down the toilet is another common reason for blocked drains. Modern plumbing might offer the tempting prospect of making various things disappear conveniently, such as soap, sanitary items, cotton wool buds and wet wipes. But while these initially flush away, with persistent disposal, they may eventually build up, causing the drain to become blocked.

Outside a property there can also be problems. Stray leaves can block drains so it’s always worthwhile keeping your garden tidy and making sure leaves aren’t gathering at drain entrances or in gutters, particularly in Autumn. Trees can also damage drainage because their roots are naturally drawn to water sources, and can end up growing into pipe joints and cracking underground pipework.

If the worst does happen and you get a blocked drain, or if you think there is a problem due to poor drainage, bad smells or reduced water pressure, we can find out what the problem is with a CCTV drain survey. Where possible you should ensure that your drains are clear of obstacles and substances that could cause blockages, but you can also feel reassured that we’re here to offer our professional support and solutions.