If you can’t see a problem should you ignore it? It’s not always the case that your drains are going to reveal what sort of condition they’re actually in. Problems with drains and drainage may not present themselves so obviously, which is why the drain survey is so important.

There are two sides to this. One is diagnostic, where a drain survey will pinpoint the areas of your drainage system that are causing you problems. The other is knowledge-gathering. This is when a drain survey can help fulfil certain requirements regarding selling or buying a property.

What will a drain survey reveal? The survey will show what conditions the drains are in, including any long-term structural damages, mis-connections or blockages. The mapping of the system will show where manholes and inspection chambers are. The survey will clarify areas of drainage ownership – where the property owner’s responsibilities begin and end.

This kind of information is crucial, not only for homebuyers, but also for banks, mortgage lenders and insurance companies. Basically, the drain survey provides the right kind of information for a large number of interested parties. This may include the utility companies themselves, if certain structural weaknesses are revealed in areas of the system under their control.

Drain surveys normally stay valid for five years, so it’s also worth checking the last time you had one, because the condition of drains can change with the effects of new building work and general wear and tear.

It comes down to you making an active choice to be clear about your drains and what sort of condition they’re in. Modern drain surveys are minimally disruptive and cost effective. What you spend on a drain survey now may well save you money, and heartache, in the long run.

You don’t have to take needless risks on what you can’t easily see. Contact Drainage Consultants today and see how a professional drain survey could benefit you.

Sometimes drainage problems aren’t manmade. Nature can be the cause of drainage damage and when this occurs the consequences can be wide-ranging and significantly harmful. Trees are one of the biggest causes of blockages to drainage and sewage pipe networks. Tree roots can damage drains leading to blockages, leaks and, in some cases if left untreated, building subsidence.

Trees are attracted to drains. It’s a far from ideal match but the moisture from condensation on drainpipes, and sometimes leaking from joints, attracts roots. If there are excavations for building or drainage, these provide easier means for roots to burrow down towards pipework, following the course of the trenches originally dug to lay pipes.

Tree roots can enter the drain system through the pipe joints, or through cracks and fractures. At its worst, this sort of damage can mean major excavation to remedy the displacement of pipe joints or fracturing by tree root incursion.

In the UK, most drainage networks use clay pipes with sand and cement joints. Tree roots can get into this kind of pipework, ultimately reducing the diameter, or bore, of the pipe, and affecting the ability of the drainage system to perform the way it was designed to do. Or they can fracture the pipework leading to leaks.

Clearly, a drain survey is an essential prerequisite for certain properties if they are located near trees, or have trees included in their boundary. This might be a case of undertaking a survey for preventative measures. But a drain survey is also a crucial element when seeking to remedy drainage problems. Where preliminary excavation would be difficult without causing major disruption, the drain survey can provide many answers in advance.

It’s important for property owners to have the right means at their disposal to tackle drainage problems. Our drain survey can provide reassurance and indicate what action needs to be taken to safeguard the property against drainage damage caused by tree root incursion.

The public sewer is the pipe that carries wastewater from more than one property. Wastewater is foul or surface water. The public sewer is run and looked after by the local sewerage utilities company. However, if you have a new or existing property that requires connecting to the public sewer, this is work you need to arrange yourself. This is because the responsibility for this connection will lie within the boundary of your property.

Public sewer connections involve the kind of work that should be done by professional contractors who specialise in it. Once your chosen contractor has completed the work, you’ll need to apply for a Certificate of Satisfactory Inspection from the Water Authority. This involves them sending someone out to inspect and assess the work.

If this all sounds quite complicated you can rest assured that as a professional firm specialising in all aspects of drainage, we can carry out this work on your behalf. The crucial thing is that public sewer connections comply with the regulations laid down by the Water Authority, so that once you’re connected this can be approved and certified.

There are various methods we can use to make the connection, depending on how your property or site has been developed in relation to the existing public sewer. Sometimes we need to add an extra section of drain between your property and the public sewer, known as a lateral connection, usually if the sewer system runs beneath a road or land next to your location.

We may be required to use a Y-piece junction, or something called a saddle, which allows us to connect to a curved section of existing pipe. In short, we have a range of techniques and applications at our disposal to make sure that whatever your circumstances, we can complete the work to the highest standard.

If you’ve any questions, or indeed worries, about how to go about connecting to the public sewer, please give us a call. We’ll inspect your property, take you through exactly what’s needed, and take on the task of completing the work for you.

Contact Drainage Consultants today.

You might have the idea of a drainage investigation conjuring up nightmare images of disruption, of dug up driveways and large excavations blocking entrances. In fact, we can conduct a drainage investigation in such a way as to cause minimum disturbance to surroundings. It’s also worth noting that the investigation is actually more likely to reduce the chance of greater disruption later if it shows where there is deterioration before drainage damage gets too severe.

We’ve had plenty of experience in situations where either the drainage investigation has saved the day, or where initial investigations have indicated that we would require a particularly sensitive approach to solving a drainage problem.

Sometimes we can see the symptoms but the cause is a bit of a mystery. Things like persistent pools of water, and interior damp patches. These symptoms may come from hidden damage to drainage culverts, resulting in rainwater gathering and pooling, rather than draining away. This is an ideal opportunity for a CCTV drain survey. This kind of investigation is essentially non-invasive and allows us to gather vital information about the state of a drainage network before looking at any specific solutions. In some cases the drainage investigation will point us in a particular direction whereby we excavate to expose the deterioration, but with enough sensitivity to avoid further damage during this process.

Drainage investigations are like surgery for utilities, requiring a high level of precision work, employing state-of-the-art technology and experienced know-how to achieve the best results. We’re established problem-solvers when it comes to drains, and we’re sensitive to the surroundings in which we find ourselves working.

We’ve even excavated on holy ground, where we’ve been commissioned to provide fresh pipework. In this case, once our initial excavations had exposed the nature of where we were working, we consulted with the church and had on-site advice from a priest and an archaeologist.