Before considering whether or not it’s worthwhile having a CCTV drain survey, think about what sort of a threat poor drainage could be to your property.

Firstly, what about the drains that should carry surface water away? We live in a wet country, and some years are much, much wetter than others. Storm drains are designed to carry surface water away, but if they’re not working properly, this water won’t be going anywhere. Water that’s left to stand can seep into walls and eventually lead to decay. This sort of damage may take a long period of time to build up, but leaving your drains unattended will only make things worse in the long run.

Next there are your foul drains to think about. These carry wastewater away into the public sewer and drainage system. Foul really can mean foul if they get blocked up. The smell alone should alert you to the fact that something’s wrong. Blocked drains are a potential health hazard as well as an inconvenience and whichever way you look at it, they’re not pleasant to live with.

The thing about drains is that they are just there. You don’t generally give them a lot of thought unless, or until, something goes wrong. But it really is worthwhile considering having them inspected, particularly if you suspect that they are not functioning to the best of their capabilities.

One of the easiest, least disruptive and most cost effective ways of having your drains inspected is with a CCTV drain survey. We use the latest technology to send a camera into your drainage system so we can record exactly what condition it’s in.

We have team of professionals highly experienced in conducting drain surveys in a variety of commercial and domestic environments. Our CCTV drain survey will form the basis of a full report on your drainage system, including a DVD of the actual footage taken.

Whether it’s to diagnose a problem, or for mortgage or insurance purposes, a CCTV drain survey is the ideal way of ensuring your drains aren’t going to cause your property any lasting damage. Contact Drainage Consultants now for
more information.

Why would you have a CCTV drain survey? Let’s work back a bit: the most effective means easily available of clearing a blocked drain is a chemical cleaner, bought off the shelf. However, this kind of cleaner does contain harmful agents and is definitely hazardous if it comes into contact with your skin. If your drains are persistently poor in how they function, what then is the likely cumulative impact of continually using a chemical drain cleaner?

Chemical cleaners often contain sodium hydroxide, which is highly caustic. Prolonged use may eventually damage the local eco system, and your pipework. The question then becomes one of whether you have a long-term drainage problem if you’re having to resort to a chemical drain cleaner all the time.

How can you easily find out what condition your drains are in? The answer is a CCTV drain survey. With this method, cameras are pulled through your pipework, providing a clear, visual record of how your drains are looking. A CCTV drain survey is a way of giving your drains a proper health check. If they’re not flowing as well as you would expect them to, this is one way of finding
out why.

Not only will this work uncover any problem areas or damaged drains, it will also result in a comprehensive plan of your drainage system. This is particularly useful when it comes to selling a property, as banks, mortgage lenders and insurers can often request a drain survey. So, if you’ve had a CCTV drain survey completed prior to your property going on the market, or you want to alter it with building work, you’re likely to be speeding up the whole process.

In short, a CCTV drain survey has multiple direct and indirect advantages: it can diagnose long- and short-term drain issues; it will help satisfy mortgage lenders and insurers; it may save you money in the long run by uncovering problems early on; and it helps the environment if it means you no longer have to persistently pour chemicals down your drains to clean them.

Get in touch with Drainage Consultants today to arrange for your CCTV drain survey. It’s a cost-effective means of giving you peace of mind about your drains.

When it comes to drains, you can’t always get a clear picture about what’s going on. Unfortunately, when it comes to plans, the same can apply. Buildings evolve. They get refurbished, re-fitted, and extended. Vital plans can get lost or become outdated. A vital part of the process of building, however, how to know where to build, and what obstacles and difficulties there might be.

Drains and sewers can be a problem when it comes to building. There are recorded cases of people wanting to alter properties or add extensions only to discover that the position of drains and sewers makes proposed work difficult, if not impossible. In worse case scenarios, work has already commenced, at some expense, when the problems become apparent.

In 2004 a couple in Hampshire had planning permission to build an extension to their detached house only to find out from the local council that the position of a rising foul drain was likely to cause a problem. The existing plans had revealed nothing and the couple were put in a position where their scheduled extension was delayed while they spent more money redrawing and resubmitting their plans following a full survey of the site.

The key is to be prepared, to act in advance, and in so doing, save money and possible heartache. Drain tracing is a key part of the process in discovering what exactly lies beneath a building, and in obtaining up to date knowledge to therefore safeguard planning for building works.

Drain tracing involves the use of state-of-the-art technology to transmit electrical pulses, which can help pinpoint features of the concealed drain network. These might include concealed manholes or parts of the network that have become damaged over time.

Drain tracing provides a comprehensive picture of what a drain network looks like and what kind of condition it is in. This is the sort of knowledge that’s vital when considering building work.

Don’t risk disappointment and be prepared – contact Drainage Consultants today to find out how effective drain tracing can be in saving you time and trouble.

What would be the effect of your property not being connected to the public sewer system? The short answer is: trouble. Proper, safe drainage for sewerage is a mark of a civilised society. No one wants to return to a time when people shouted a warning (if you were lucky) and hurled their waste out of the window onto the street. Public sewer connections are an essential part of modern infrastructure, but they do involve a certain amount of individual responsibility.

If you have a new or existing property that needs connecting to the main public sewer, there are certain things you have to do to ensure that this happens. Under section 106 of the 1991 Water Industry Act, you must apply to your local utilities provider for permission to connect your property to the public sewer. This concerns foul (waste) water and surface water from rainfall.

The reason you have to make a formal application is to safeguard the whole public sewerage system by ensuring there are no unauthorised public sewer connections which might, in some way, damage or disrupt it.
Because you are making your own private decision to do this, you can choose a contractor to do the connection work for you. Your local utilities provider can carry out the work, but you have more choice, and control over the situation, if you decide on the company you want to do it. It's important that the work is planned in advance, so you will need to get your chosen contractor on board early on so that you can then submit proper plans to the utilities provider as part of your application.

At Drainage Consultants we have a vast amount of experience in carrying out public sewer connections for a wide range of clients. We take a very customer-centred approach to all our work, which means ensuring that your plans are professionally completed and clearly marked up to ensure your application goes through smoothly.

Once this is approved we'll schedule the work in at a time that's convenient for you, and we'll carry it out with the minimum of fuss or disruption. After we've done the work, we'll complete all the necessary certification on your behalf and arrange for the Water Authority to come and inspect the work.

We’re here to take the hassle out of the situation, making it easy for you to get the work done when you want it, to a standard that meets the most exacting professional standards.