Nature can cause significant drainage damage, and this can have serious long-term consequences if not dealt with. One of the biggest causes of blockages to sewage pipes and drainage networks are tree roots. Along with blocked and leaking drains, tree roots can also lead to building subsidence.


What Attracts Trees to Drains

It doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven, but the moisture that comes from condensation on drainpipes, or from leaking pipe joints, attracts tree roots, which naturally seek out moisture. When there have been excavations nearby, usually for building purposes or for laying pipework, then it is likely to be easier for tree roots to burrow down into the ground, towards pipes. These roots can end up following the trenches originally cut into the ground for laying pipes.

Once they’ve burrowed further down into the ground, tree roots may then enter the drainage system through joints in pipework, or through fractured or cracked pipes.

One consequence of tree roots can be displaced or damaged pipe joints. Drainage networks typically use clay pipes with joints comprising sand and cement and when tree roots get into these networks they reduce the effectiveness of the network by narrowing the diameter of the pipes or causing leaks from them.

If a leaking drainage network goes untreated, it can ultimately lead to erosion of the surrounding ground and, ultimately, building subsidence, posing a threat of longstanding damage to structures and buildings.


Detecting the Threat from Tree Roots

A CCTV drain survey is a key way of discovering whether tree roots are damaging the drainage network. For properties with trees within their boundary, or even if they are close by to trees, a drain survey can indicate whether there is damage, or the threat of damage.

Here, a CCTV drain survey may be a vital step towards taking preventative measures, or for diagnosing problems, to then remedy them.

It’s also a cost effective means of finding answers without causing major disruption through exploratory excavations.

For many home and business owners, a CCTV drain survey provides a way of ensuring that the future of their property will be trouble-free, safeguarding it against risks arising from damage to drains from tree roots.


Contact Drainage Consultants today and find out how we can give you peace of mind about your drainage network and, if there is a problem, get to the root of it.

We detect and diagnose drainage problems and, like detectives doing police work, we have a number of procedures and processes at our disposal to help us get the job done.

Over time, the business of examining and fixing drains has become more efficient, with various technological advances. These include CCTV cameras and sonar drain tracing. The days where we simply relied on drainage rods seem a long way off.

Our detective work is as important as the remedial tasks we carry out, because really understanding what’s going on underground is what enables us to do our work to the highest professional standards.


Early Warning

When it comes to being prepared, we like to have all the facts in front of us, including specific locations of faults and defects. Drain networks can have tricky, hard to reach areas, so early warning of things like collapsed pipes or concealed manholes is always going to be useful.

Using our drain tracing equipment, we send electrical pulses along the drain network through a transmitter we’ve placed in the drain. Above ground, a team uses a receiver to follow these pulses. This gives us an accurate reading of what the network is actually like, including any problem spots.

This detective work can be enormously effective in saving us both time and effort when it comes to repairing drains. And we pass these savings on to our customers by providing excellent value, quoting accurately and affordably for our services.

The business of looking after drains isn’t restricted to unblocking them and sorting out problems after they’ve occurred; sometimes the fact-finding we do using drain tracing is used to have advance information about existing drain networks.

For construction projects and renovations in particular, drain tracing can be a real help in gathering the right kind of advance knowledge of how the drains lie, prior to any work commencing.

Again, this is a way of ensuring that the accurate knowledge of the existing network’s layout informs the decisions contractors make later on.


To find out how drain tracing and our detective work can help you, contact Drainage Consultants today.

There are nice surprises and unpleasant surprises. Generally, with drains, any surprises are likely to be unwelcome. We like to know as best we can what’s around the corner, but what about what’s underground and otherwise hidden from view?

A CCTV drain survey will tell you all about your drains, and it’s an effective means of detecting any problems or faults, so that you aren’t suddenly ambushed with a nasty surprise.


Being Prepared

People make plans, for business and in their private lives. Think about how people plan their holidays early in the year, or know when they’re going to get the decorators in.

But for many people, in business and at home, certain things are out of sight and out of mind. Until they go wrong, that is.

Drains are such a thing. It’s only when there’s a persistently foul smell and they’re not working that they’re on your radar.

But as with many things, being prepared means acting early to avoid greater problems later. In short, don’t wait until your drains are really not functioning properly before getting them checked.

The costs in terms of inconvenience rise the longer you leave it.


Give Your Drains a Health Check

You may have your suspicions, but how do you really know?  Say you have a business, what would the effects of bad drains be on your customers and staff? Are there health implications? Think of the potential cost to you.

The same is true for a household. A blocked drain is likely to occur at a time of maximum inconvenience to you, when you have to take time off work to arrange to get it fixed.

A CCTV drain survey is an efficient and fast way to have your drains checked by professionals.

We film the inside of your drains and, with the help of sonar drain tracing, we can get a very clear picture of exactly what state your drains are in. We give you a DVD of the footage we taken, along with a full report telling you all about your drains, and, where necessary, we recommend the next course of action you need to take.

Don’t be ambushed by your drains. Get a CCTV drain survey and know what’s going on. Contact Drainage Consultants today.