We like to grumble about the weather in the UK, especially the amount of rainfall we get. However, the onset of excessive rain should also serve as a warning about our drains and whether drainage networks can cope.

Wetter weather now seems to be a fact of life, but when it gets serious, if drains aren’t up to the job, flooding can follow.

It’s therefore crucial to maintain drains, and this is where a drain survey plays such a vital role.

What is in Our Control?   

Acts of God is a legal term, describing events that happen without manmade involvement, such as floods and other extreme weather events.

While it is true that certain aspects of flooding, rainfall for example, are outside the remit of anyone’s control, there are things we can do to mitigate its worst effects.

Drains are essential for helping deal with groundwater and ensuring it runs off into reservoirs. If drains are inadequate to this task, it can lead to flooding.

At the same time, if wastewater drains are not properly functional, in times of excessive wet weather, they can overflow due to the inability of the system to cope.

Backed up wastewater is unpleasant, and a potential health hazard.

Check Your Drains

If you have any notion that your drains are not functioning properly, now is the time to act – before any crisis with them occurs.

You might be experiencing bad smells from your drains, or notice that water takes longer to drain from a sink.

You can also find that persistent wet weather can damage older drain networks over time, leading to collapsed drains.

A drain survey, using CCTV technology, is an ideal way to discover if there are issues with your drainage network. This is a cost-effective means of inspecting your drains without resorting to digging up land for exploratory purposes.

It allows us to see what’s going on, and to record it.

We can then compile a comprehensive report on your drainage network, with an accompanying DVD of our CCTV footage.

It’s best to ensure your drains are prepared for wet weather. Contact Drainage Consultants today for your drain survey.

Is Big Brother watching you, and does it matter? The issue about the surveillance society keeps cropping up, along with the question of whether it matters when we’re being captured on CCTV so much of the time.

But for drains and drainage issues, surveillance is undoubtedly a good thing.

The CCTV drain survey is an essential diagnostic tool in discovering otherwise hidden issues affecting drain networks.

The Benefits of Spying

Context is the thing that makes all the difference with surveillance and spying. CCTV cameras are used routinely in medical procedures and for diagnostic purposes and no one complains about it.

The same is true for drainage. By using CCTV technology, we can discover more about drains, and save both time and money in the process.

Without CCTV technology, we might need to conduct exploratory excavation work, and the whole process of finding the root causes of drainage issues can be lengthier, and involve more resources, and expense.

There can be tricky location factors, where buildings and other utilities cause complications in diagnosing drainage issue. And where there are construction and refurbishment projects, existing drainage plans can often be out of date.

A CCTV drain survey provides much-needed answers about drainage networks.

How CCTV Works for Drains

Using specially developed technology, we can send a camera down the drainage network and remotely record its progress. This will provide valuable information regarding the state of the drains, including where there are any damaged areas.

It also means we can get an up-to-date picture regarding inspection chambers and manhole entry points.

CCTV allows us to put together up to date plans of drainage networks, and, where necessary, provide full DVD footage to accompany our findings.

Where work is required, this data provides a full, diagnostic background to any proposed plan of action.

Our customers get full visibility, both of the drainage network, and of our plans and what we base our quotations on.