Drains can collapse through changes over time. If a collapsed drain or sewer is left unattended it can have dramatic effects. Persistent leakage will wash away surrounding soil, which in turn will undermine the foundations of anything above ground. Fortunately you should be able to tell if there’s something wrong before it gets this bad.

What are the main causes of collapsed drains? Tree roots can grow into pipe joints, eventually cracking them apart. Sometimes ground movement can cause pipes to misalign or even break. Drains on your property may be nearer to the surface than mains sewers, which means any unstable ground areas could cause you difficulties, or even accidents.

The signs that you have a collapsed drain might be blockages or ground depressions. Look out for these signs on your driveway, or in your garden. If you get damp areas on the ground where they haven’t been before this may be an indication of something wrong with your drains.
What should you do to be sure of what you’re dealing with? The right answer for you is to get a professional drain survey. A drain survey will use a CCTV camera to detect and record any deterioration, damage or faults in your drainage system.

A drain survey will save you time, and in the end it may well save you money, particularly if it uncovers issues that will only get worse if they’re not immediately addressed.

The benefits of a drain survey are that it enables us to examine the state of your drains remotely, minimising costs and disruption. It also gives us a clear record of what’s down there, and forms the basis for a complete report, accompanied by a DVD of the CCTV drain footage.

Whether you’ve got an immediate drainage issue, if you just need reassurance, or if your mortgage lender requires this information, a drain survey is a swift and trouble-free way of getting a full picture of what’s going on with your drains.

New Year resolutions aren’t always easy to keep. As you put away that last mince pie you might be thinking about an exercise regime that you’ll start in January. But will you, or will the demands of day-to-day life get in the way? Sometimes putting things off, or doing nothing, seems like the easiest option.

Some things, however, you can’t afford to put off, because the longer you leave them, the worse they’ll become. This is the case with faulty, blocked or damaged drains.

One clear way of finding out what state your drains are in is to have a drain survey. This involves specialist technology, whereby the camera is sent underground into the drainage system to record what’s there. The camera enters the system through manholes or access points. Once this is done, it’s carefully pushed through the pipework.

After the footage has been captured, it will be analysed by a team of experts. Any faults or damage to the drainage system will show up on the footage. This is a technologically advanced but economical way of establishing exactly what the conditions of the drain are.

Drainage systems are prone to deterioration over time. The effects of this may not be immediately apparent, or may be intermittent. Symptoms range from persistent blockages that reoccur to lingering odours and slow flow of drainage water.

The clear benefit of a drain survey is that it will clearly establish the cause for any of these symptoms. The CCTV footage forms the basis for a full report that includes a DVD as a visual record of what the survey has uncovered.

In the end, whether it’s a case of urgent repairs or other remedial work, the drain survey will enable us to clearly diagnose the problem and make a full set of recommendations for how we’ll solve it.

Sometimes putting things off, or not following through with your resolution, isn’t the best thing. Sometimes you need to make a fresh start and take decisive action. The drain survey you have now may well save you a lot of difficulty later.

Christmas and New Year can be times of excess. There’s a lot of food and drink to be consumed. This can be measured by the growth spurt in gym membership that happens in January and February. Unfortunately, it can also be measured by the state of the country’s drains.

Fighting the flab is something of a theme in the months immediately following the festive season, but fighting a different kind of fat may just be more important. Fatberg is the name given to a congealed lump of fat and other waste items found in sewer systems. Unlike toilet paper, fatbergs don’t break down, in fact they can keep growing.

In 2013 a fatberg the size of a bus was found in drains in Kingston upon Thames. The following year a mass the size of a jumbo jet had to be cleared from a section of sewer pipe in Shepherd’s Bush.

One cause of clogged drains and, ultimately, fatbergs, is the sheer amount of cooking fat, oil and grease that gets put down them. If you thought you had trouble digesting all that turkey, think of what your drains have to deal with. Yes, it’s all got to go somewhere, but sometimes it hangs around, having a party of its own in your drains.

The fats in the discarded cooking grease break down into their component parts and these combine with other elements in the sewers to create a dense compound. This is how fatbergs are made.

So what can you do about it? From a prevention perspective, simply don’t pour cooking oil and fat down the sink. If, however, the damage has been done and you think your drains are not working to their proper capacity, get them inspected.

A CCTV drain survey is a modern, cost-effective and efficient way to thoroughly inspect your drains and find out where there are any trouble areas. Once these have been pinpointed, we can work out the best way to clear your drains.

Act now and save yourself greater inconvenience from blocked drains later.

In November 2015 the UK overall had 145% of its normal average rainfall. This will come as no surprise for the unfortunate residents of Carlisle and other areas. Climate change is now a fact of life and with it comes wetter winters, with an increased likelihood of flooding.

Water causes damage and floodwater can be harmful to health if it contains sewage. If your drains become blocked and cannot cope with excess water, you are more likely to experience flooding, or backed up wastewater.

Certain aspects of this are out of your control. You cannot change the weather or organise the building of better flood defences. However, ensuring that your drains are operating properly is something you can do. If you have any suspicion that your drains are not working as they should be, you ought to consider getting them checked out.

Are there signs to look out for with damaged or faulty drains? There’s the obvious: water isn’t draining properly, or at all; or that toilets won’t clear when they are flushed. A persistent bad smell is another indicator.

A CCTV drain survey is a very good way of finding out what the condition of your drains is. If there are problems, a drain survey will be able to pinpoint where they are and ascertain the causes. We send a camera down your drain and, using precise sonar drain tracing, we are able to map your drainage network.

This is an accurate, cost-effective and non-disruptive way of discovering what action is needed to keep your drains working properly. If the persistent rain has had a bad effect on your drains, even causing them to collapse, our CCTV drain survey will be able to find this out.

We’ll provide you with a comprehensive report and a DVD of our footage, together with our recommendations for remedial action. Don’t put off something that might cause you more trouble further down the line. Contact us today and get your drains thoroughly inspected.