No one likes disturbance, least of all when it involves your home or property. The worry when it comes to drains is that inspecting them will then result in contractors digging things up and leaving a trail of disruption. However, it may surprise you when we tell you how hassle-free, and careful, a drainage investigation can be.

Why Have a Drainage Investigation?

In an ideal world, your drains would function well without any trouble. But like many things, they are subject to wear and tear, and damage over time. You might encounter the symptoms of a damaged drain without realising what they mean. For example, interior damp patches, or outdoor pools of water gathering even when there has been no rainfall, are signs that all is not well with your drains.

Now these symptoms might be something you feel you can live with, but like suffering nagging pain from a persistent injury, they are sure indicators that you’ll need to take action eventually. Generally the rule is the sooner the better. Drainage problems, if left alone too long, are likely to escalate into something seriously disruptive.

Even when the fault doesn’t immediately affect you, such as happens sometimes with a collapsed drain, the long-term effects can be catastrophic. Subsidence, for example, results from wastewater persistently leaking into the surrounding ground from a damaged pipe.

How Trouble-free is It?

We employ various non-invasive methods for a drainage investigation. A CCTV drain survey can provide us with valuable visual data about your drains and when combined with sonar drain tracing, builds up a comprehensive picture of the drainage network.

We may follow this detective work with some preliminary excavations to expose the problem, much like exploratory surgery. The key is for us to be able to accurately diagnose the drainage problem before committing to a full programme of work.

By following a proper investigative and diagnostic process, we can usually minimise the amount of disruption you’re likely to face when it comes to taking remedial action.

We make our drainage investigations as non-disruptive as possible, and we work to ensure your drains are functioning the way they should. Contact Drainage Consultants today to find out more about our services.

Your property may not be connected to the public sewer network, if it’s a recent development. You might think of public sewers as utilities on a grand scale, which don’t have anything to do with you. However, it is your responsibility, when it comes to public sewer connections, to arrange to have your property connected.


Who is Responsible for What?


Sewerage companies are responsible for the public sewers. They have certain rights of access, covering private gardens where sewer pipes cross. This means if the sewerage company needs to do work on the public sewer where it falls on your land, they would normally take care of this.


But the drains and private sewers carrying household waste are the responsibility of the householder or landlord whose property it is. It is the private individual’s responsibility to arrange the connection of the local network to the public sewer. Where the household waste connects with the public sewer marks the boundary, and indicates where the individual’s responsibility begins.


How Do You Apply for a Public Sewer Connection?


To connect your property to the public sewerage network, you have to apply for a connection in order to comply with Section 106 of the Water Industry Act. The reason for this is to safeguard the integrity of the public sewerage system by ensuring there are no unauthorised connections to it, releasing anything into it, which might disrupt or damage it.


The most straightforward way of doing this to find a qualified contractor who will do the work for you. In this way, you retain control over the work in terms of when it happens. Make sure you have all the work planned in advance, with proper plans submitted by your contractor on your behalf to your utilities provider.


We have the specialist professional experience to carry out this work for you quickly, efficiently and with the minimum of fuss. We’ll complete the necessary certification and make arrangements for the Water Authority to inspect our work. It’s your responsibility, but we can make it trouble-free for you.


Contact Drainage Consultants today to find out how we can help with public sewer connections.

If your drains are in a poor condition this can cause you serious problems, even if, at present, you’re not experiencing any actual inconvenience. Damaged or degraded drains are a disaster waiting to happen. A most effective means of discovering what’s going in in your drains, and what you need to do about it, is a CCTV drain survey.


Don’t Put Health and Wealth at Risk

If you’re a landlord or a business owner, poor drainage is a liability. There are health and safety issues where drains are concerned, and duty of care you have a duty of care to your tenants, or your employees. Also, if you have a business you can end up facing unscheduled downtime from drainage issues, particularly if your property floods as a result.

Furthermore, if you run a shop, or a business where customers or clients visit you on-site, persistent foul-smelling drains aren’t going to do much for your professional reputation.

In short, drainage problems are costly for a whole variety of reasons, some beyond the actual cost of fixing the problem.


How a CCTV Drain Survey Can Save the Day

A CCTV drain survey is a way of detecting any weaknesses or problem areas in your drains. It also indicates how best to remedy them. These surveys are cost effective, and they allow us to precisely assess what sort of condition your drains are in.

You may find the symptoms of a blocked or damaged drain are at first little more than an inconvenience, but these symptoms, if left undiagnosed, will more than likely grow into to something much more serious. The CCTV drain survey will reveal any weaknesses or problem areas that are likely to become seriously troublesome if left untreated.


Don’t be put off by the thought of investing in an investigation: the amount you spend now on a CCTV drain survey is likely to save you money in the future, and help you avoid the inconvenience and anxiety of your drain problems escalating into a full-blown crisis.

We all know about the sensational aspects of CCTV exposure, from bad behaviour to criminal activity and beyond. But what might a CCTV drain survey uncover about you, should you need one?

What Goes Down the Drain But Shouldn’t?

The thing about drain is, they’re so convenient. You can flush any number of things down the sink or toilet and away they go, out of sight, out of mind.
Or are they?

Drains are not meant to accommodate all and every kind of waste. Many items, if put down the drains, will simply clog them up, either through time, or almost immediately, depending on what they are.

An obvious culprit is cooking fat. If you pour grease from food straight down the drain it doesn’t simply flow away, even if you run the tap. It gradually coats the inside of your drains, narrowing them and making them less efficient. Eventually, if you’re unlucky, this can congeal into a fatberg, which is as unpleasant as it sounds, with potentially dire consequences for your drainage.

Also, food waste and scraps can build up in drains, particularly food that expands with water, such as pasta. Coffee grounds are another cause of blocked kitchen drains.

Hair is another one of the usual suspects. We can’t do much about hair, it’s just something we’ve got, and it sheds in the shower and bath and end up going
down into the drain. Enough hair will clog a drain if left untreated (the drain, not the hair).

Cotton balls, swabs and pads frequently head drainwards. These items are not designed to be disposable in this way, and will eventually clog up the drains if you insist on flushing them down the loo.

There are plenty of disposable products that are just not always as disposable down the drain, such as baby wipes. It’s also worth noting that the performance of disposable products may be dependent on the actual state of your drains in the first place. So check before you flush. This is true of that particularly thick, luxurious toilet paper that appears so tempting in commercials and on the supermarket shelf.

A number of what supermarkets refer to as “unexpected items” also find their way down drains, such as items of clothing, packaging and children’s toys.

A final health warning: cigarette butts can also block drains.


CCTV reveals all

Whatever is blocking your drain, a CCTV drain survey is one way of detecting the cause of the problem.

A word of warning, however: whereas CCTV is invaluable in finding things out, and will certainly come in handy in detecting drainage problems, it may reveal some of your household habits, when the various things that ended up down your drains are captured on camera.


Don’t be put off though: we’re here to help, and anyway, you get to keep your own DVD footage of the CCTV drain survey, if only to remind you not to put the same things down the drain again.