Most of us are fortunate not to have to rely on a latrine pit to dispose of our waste. It has, however, taken many years for the UK to have a safe, reliable sewerage system, and even know many drains still date from the Victorian era.

As recently as the late 19th century, sewerage systems in the UK could still harbour water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera.

Now we have modern sewerage treatment centres and we happily rely on a nationwide drainage network. However, connecting a property to the public sewerage system requires permission, to be able to maintain its security and integrity.

Getting Approval

You must obtain official permission from your local water company to connect to the public sewer. This is because the water company must assess whether the public sewer has the capacity. Also, it is to ensure that any private connection to the public sewer system is safe and won’t damage or contaminate it.

Once you have this written approval you can proceed with the work. But whoever you get to carry out this work must also apply for permission to carry out the connection work. This ensures that they are sufficiently qualified for the task.

Remember, you cannot have this work carried out until you receive official permission to do so.

How to Get the Job Done

It’s important that you get the right people for the job, because a public sewer connection needs to be officially signed off after the work is completed.

The work can vary depending on your location. In some situations, it will require specially shaped fittings, or an adoptable, lateral connection, if the public sewer runs underneath a road or land next to your property.

If this all sounds complicated, there’s no need for you to worry – our expert team is very experienced in public sewer connections. We’ll carry out the work quickly and efficiently and ensure that it meets the stringent standards of the water company.

Don’t waste time with your waste, contact Drainage Consultants today to get properly connected.

It may feel unfortunate to suffer a blocked drain once, but if this keeps happening, then it probably indicates a more serious drainage problem. Clearly, if you first experience a blocked drain, it’s important to get it fixed, and we can accomplish this swiftly and efficiently. But if you suffer repeat blockages, then the best thing for us to do is to thoroughly investigate your drains, and we can do this with a CCTV drain survey.

What are the Signs and Symptoms?   

One of the worse things to happen is an overflowing toilet – and obviously when this occurs you know something has gone badly wrong with your drains. However, there are other signs that your drains are not up to scratch which may, thankfully, be less dramatic.

These include a lingering bad smell of sulphur, which would mean you have trapped, rotting items in your drains. You might also have slow draining sinks, baths or showers; or gurgling noises coming from them.

What are you putting down your drains? It may seem convenient, but simply dumping anything down there is more than likely going to lead to problems later on. Don’t put things like cotton wool buds down the drain; and while many wipes are now supposedly flushable, it’s better to be careful and dispose of them in the bin.

Similarly, food waste and cooking grease and fat are all best disposed of in the bin rather than down the sinkhole, because over time they can build up in your drains and cause blockages.

How Do We Find Out What’s Wrong?

It’s important to know what’s going on that’s normally hidden from view. Persistent drainage problems aren’t going to be solved by simply repeatedly unblocking the drains. And if you have a collapsed drain, then the long-term effects can be serious, causing damage to your property.

Fortunately, we have modern technology at our disposal, which makes drain detection work easier, and more detailed. A CCTV drain survey involves us sending a camera down your drainage network to record exactly what is going on.

This is an efficient, cost-effective means of diagnosing drainage problems, and ensuring that we find the right solution for your drains, giving you peace of mind for the future.

If you’ve got any doubts about your drains, whether the symptoms seem serious, or persistent, then contact Drainage Consultants today.

Sometimes it’s not just about unblocking a drain; it’s to do with us finding out exactly what is wrong, and building up a comprehensive, accurate picture of a drain network. This requires us using modern, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and methods, and one such method is sonar drain tracing.

The Power of Sonar

With active sonar, there is a sound transmitter and a receiver. The ping it creates is a pulse which then listens for echoes. These echoes measure the distance to an object. In drain tracing, these electrical pulses help us identify the features in drain networks

Sonar drain tracing has two main functions: gathering information and diagnosing drainage problems.

We can get a clear idea of the details of a drain network and these details are essential in building up a comprehensive picture of what drains are like, including any issues or problems, such as blocked or collapsed drains.

Pre-planning and Problem-solving

When it comes to construction work and building projects, drain tracing is a valuable part of pre-planning, particularly if work involves building over existing utilities.

Many of the UK’s drains date back to the Victorian era, and consequently the available data on them is out of date. Coupled with this is the sheer age of many of the drains, making them susceptible to damage and deterioration over time.

Building work becomes costly if it slips behind schedule, and this is more likely to happen if unforeseen obstacles and difficulties crop up.

Drain tracing helps ensure that the unexpected isn’t a big factor, ensuring that a proper picture of the existing drainage system is available.

Collapsed drains can happen because of tree roots growing into the drain network, or from ground movement. This damage can lie unseen and not be immediately detectable from how utilities are performing – it may be the result of gradual changes rather than a specific incident.

If not attended to, a collapsed drain can lead to serious, long-term building damage, undermining foundations and causing subsistence.

Sonar drain tracing will help identify collapsed drains, for us to then prevent this kind of long term damage occurring, or for an identified problem to turn into something more serious.

For sound planning, and detailed diagnosis, choose drain tracing, and choose Drainage Consultants.