Sorting out a drain problem is a process, because issues around damaged and blocked drains can be complex, especially as much of what goes on is normally unseen. One part of this process involves conducting a drain survey using CCTV.

This tells us a certain amount about a drainage network. The next thing we must do is get a more detailed picture of the functioning state of the drains. This is where we can use sonar drain tracing.

Precise Knowledge    

Using sonar is all about getting a very clear picture about what we’re dealing with. Essentially, we build a picture from sound; from the pings of the sonar transmitted back to us telling us precise distances and allowing us to understand exactly what the drainage layout is.

Preparing for work on drains requires gathering as much detailed knowledge in advance as possible. Guesswork is not enough, because once we start excavating, we don’t want to encounter any unwelcome surprises.

The precise knowledge drain tracing gives us means we can work more efficiently and effectively, because we are much less likely to have to modify our own plans because of what we discover once we start work.

Where there are plans available of drainage networks, these can frequently prove to be out of date – drains get built over, networks get added to, details get omitted or missed. Drain tracing means we can build our own detailed information about drainage networks, and we can ensure that this means any existing plans can be properly updated.


When Not to Dig        

Repairing drains does require digging, and it can be disruptive. But it is considerably less disruptive if the digging is limited to the work required to fix the problem, rather than to discover where, and what, the problem is in the first place.

Ultimately, drain tracing can take away some of the pain of drainage work, and it helps ensure that we are fully prepared for whatever measures we then take to fix your drains.

To find out more about how we can use our modern drainage detection techniques to help you, please contact Drainage Consultants Ltd.

Before the modern drain survey, tackling drainage problems involved more digging around and excavation before any problems could be even begun to be dealt with. Now using CCTV cameras, a drain survey can uncover valuable information about otherwise hidden conditions.

How to Find Drain Faults

The outward symptoms of problem drains are often easy to spot – from sluggish drainage to blocked toilets and bad smells – but with many problems, getting to the real reason why they occur is the key to prevent them happening again.

Pinpointing problem areas and deterioration means your drainage specialists can then address the underlying issues as well as solve immediate crises.

This is the value of the CCTV drain survey. Sending a camera down your drainage network means making visible otherwise hidden issues. The cameras we use for our drain surveys are remote-controlled, and versatile – they need to be so that they can penetrate even more complex drainage systems and record images.

We send the cameras in and we can immediately see what they are picking up on our screens above ground.


Things We See

The camera never lies, as the saying goes. What the CCTV drain survey does is discover details we would otherwise not be aware of. These could be problem areas where drains connect, or difficult-to-reach parts of the network.

It’s unfortunate that drains are a favourite spot for rats, but the good news is that a drain survey will reveal whether rats are using the drains as an access point.

Drains can collapse over time, and this can happen in ways which don’t immediately affect you, allowing water to seep into the ground unnoticed. The long-term effects can be serious, undermining a building’s foundations with subsidence.

Again, the drain survey will expose this.

Once we’ve detected problems and faults we can then recommend a course of action to fix them. And as part of our full report, we’ll give you your own DVD of the footage we’ve taken as part of the survey, so you can see exactly what it is we’re talking about.

Drain surveys offer clarity, and they’re a very cost-effective means of detecting drain faults, so that when we need to carry out remedial work, we’re not wasting time and resources getting to the bottom of the problem.

We can help with any drainage issues you have. Contact Drainage Consultants today and let us find what’s causing your problem drains.

The public sewer carries wastewater, which is foul or surface water, away from properties and into the main sewerage system, maintained by your local utilities company. If your property requires connecting to this network through the public sewer, you must arrange for this to happen. Public sewer connections are the responsibility of individual property owners.

The connection work, however, can be done on your behalf by professionals

What Work Must You Do?

Specialist contractors carry out public sewer connections, ascertaining what kind of connection you will require. Your chosen contractor will carry out the work and methods can vary, depending on how your property sits in relation to the public sewer.

If the sewer runs beneath a road, or nearby land, you may require an extra section of pipe to make this connection – this is known as a lateral connection.

Contractors sometimes need to use a special Y-shaped junction called a saddle so that they can connect you to a curved section of sewer pipe.

To apply for a public sewer connection, you must first submit the details of your chosen contractor to the water authority, along with a location plan. You should expect your contractor to be able to help you do this, to make sure you have included the correct details.

You must then wait for an approval letter from the water authority before you can allow the work to commence.


What Happens Afterwards?

Before your chosen contractor completes the work, the water authority will inspect it, usually on the day of the connection.

Once approved, you will receive official paperwork confirming that the water authority has taken back control of the sewer after your public sewer connection.

This level of control and procedure is necessary to safeguard the integrity of the public sewer. All wastewater must be carried, treated and processed, and therefore any connection to the sewerage network must be made in such a way that it cannot damage it.

On the one hand, you have responsibility for your own connection; but on the other, the main public sewer is a much bigger responsibility, controlled by utilities companies and the water authority.

Drainage Consultants Ltd can make this whole process simple for you. We’re experienced contractors in public sewer connections. Contact us and we can sort it all out for you.