We think of CCTV used for keeping tabs on people, providing protection and surveillance. But what would a CCTV drain survey tell you about your lifestyle? What is going down your drain, should it be there, and what might you do about it?

Do You Think Before You Flush?

Your drains are something you probably take for granted. Pretty much anything can be washed down the sink or flushed down the toilet, right? It’s a kind of magic, where waste simply disappears.

Except, that sometimes it won’t. Drains cannot deal with all waste. They are simply not designed for this purpose. There are lots of things that, if you flush or drain them away, will end up clogging your drains. This may not happen immediately, but, over time, your drains will get less and less efficient, taking longer for water to drain out of sinks, for example.

Then the day will come when you flush the loo and the water backs up and you have various floating surprises. Not pleasant.

What Blocks Drains?

In the bathroom, it might be your hair, which is a common culprit. Hair sheds in the shower and bath and, if left untreated, it will clog drains.

If you use cotton wool balls, pads and swabs then putting these down the drain can spell trouble. Yes, they are disposable, but no, not down the toilet.

In the kitchen, public enemy number one for causing drain blockages is cooking fat. Yes, grease from cooking food is not pleasant, but while it appears to easily flow away as you run the tap over it, in fact it is doing nothing of the sort.

Fat will coat the inside of your drains, making them narrower, and therefore less able to work efficiently. Eventually it can congeal into large fatbergs which clog up the drain entirely.

Other food waste and leftovers, such as pasta, can expand in water and start to build up obstacles in the drain. Coffee grounds can form a thick sludge that blocks kitchen sinks.

Other items such as toilet wipes, and even luxury thickness toilet paper, are not always as disposable as they say they are – how disposable also depends on the state of your drains.

Always check before you flush. And if your drains are sluggish or simply not working as well as they should, contact us and we can arrange a CCTV drain survey. This is a cost-effective means of diagnosing drainage issues and discovering what is blocking your 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.