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How to Fight the Hidden Costs of Drainage Problems

October 13, 2017

You might not realise you have a problem with your drains until the problem has got so serious that it’s going to take a lot of time, resources and money to put right. Drainage problems can be a hidden cost, partly because the problems can build up beneath ground, and partly because these problems are […]

What is the Danger from Drainage Misconnections?

September 22, 2017

Water pollution is a serious issue, whether it’s chemicals from factories or the pollution caused by domestic consumers and misconnections of household appliances. If misconnections happen, then foul waste may be discharged into a surface water network. This can then cause serious pollution. One of the ways of revealing misconnections and diagnosing cross-contamination is by […]

Freeing the Prisoner of the Manhole

October 4, 2016

Drainage issues are commonplace, which is why we work hard to fix them as soon as we can, because we understand that no one likes disruption. However, in some cases, a drainage investigation will be all the more urgent, depending on the location of the problem and who’s involved.   Trapped by the Overflow Imagine […]

If it’s Sinkhole Season, What About Drain Surveys?

August 11, 2016

Sinkholes seem to be on the increase in the UK and some of them are the result of human activity as well as persistently wet weather. Periods of prolonged heavy rain or flooding are most likely to expose these holes, when water gradually dissolves around soluble bedrock, but also the sudden drainage of groundwater can […]

Buildings Insurance: How a Drain Survey Helps

July 29, 2016

A drain survey is a diagnostic tool, but it also is an important measure in preventing the worst from happening. It can give reassurance to insurers and property owners that the local drainage network is working, and it can provide crucial information should an insurance claim arise. So when it comes to buildings insurance, the […]

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Help Your Business?

July 20, 2016

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Help Your Business? You might not think of drains as being essential to your business, but it’s more than likely that they are. In fact, if you do run a business, there is likely to come a time when you have issues with your drainage. Drains have to face a […]

Who Looks After Public Sewer Connections?

June 15, 2016

Your property may not be connected to the public sewer network, if it’s a recent development. You might think of public sewers as utilities on a grand scale, which don’t have anything to do with you. However, it is your responsibility, when it comes to public sewer connections, to arrange to have your property connected. […]

Will a CCTV Drain Survey Come to Your Rescue?

June 8, 2016

If your drains are in a poor condition this can cause you serious problems, even if, at present, you’re not experiencing any actual inconvenience. Damaged or degraded drains are a disaster waiting to happen. A most effective means of discovering what’s going in in your drains, and what you need to do about it, is […]

How a CCTV Drain Survey Exposes Hidden Lifestyles

June 2, 2016

We all know about the sensational aspects of CCTV exposure, from bad behaviour to criminal activity and beyond. But what might a CCTV drain survey uncover about you, should you need one? What Goes Down the Drain But Shouldn’t? The thing about drain is, they’re so convenient. You can flush any number of things down […]

Drain Tracing: When High Tech Goes Underground

May 25, 2016

If you think drainage is all just about holes in the road and heavy duty work, think again. Drain tracing is a hugely important element in sorting out drainage problems and it involves state of the art technology. When is Drain Tracing Used? How accurately mapped out is the drainage network. Drain networks change over […]

Unmasked! How Drain Tracing Reveals Hidden Problems

May 18, 2016

If you can’t see something, fixing it is that much harder. Problems with drains can be problematic for precisely this reason. Drain tracing is one key method of investigating areas and pinpointing faults that would otherwise be difficult to locate. What Does Train Tracing Involve? Used in conjunction with a CCTV drain survey, drain tracing […]

How Can You Protect Your Property from Drainage Danger?

February 24, 2016

Before considering whether or not it’s worthwhile having a CCTV drain survey, think about what sort of a threat poor drainage could be to your property. Firstly, what about the drains that should carry surface water away? We live in a wet country, and some years are much, much wetter than others. Storm drains are […]

Hassle-free Public Sewer Connections

February 4, 2016

What would be the effect of your property not being connected to the public sewer system? The short answer is: trouble. Proper, safe drainage for sewerage is a mark of a civilised society. No one wants to return to a time when people shouted a warning (if you were lucky) and hurled their waste out […]

Make a Fresh Start in 2016 With a Drain Survey

January 13, 2016

New Year resolutions aren’t always easy to keep. As you put away that last mince pie you might be thinking about an exercise regime that you’ll start in January. But will you, or will the demands of day-to-day life get in the way? Sometimes putting things off, or doing nothing, seems like the easiest option. […]

Find the Fatberg With a CCTV Drain Survey

January 8, 2016

Christmas and New Year can be times of excess. There’s a lot of food and drink to be consumed. This can be measured by the growth spurt in gym membership that happens in January and February. Unfortunately, it can also be measured by the state of the country’s drains. Fighting the flab is something of […]

Is All This Rain Bad For Your Drain? A CCTV Drain Survey Will Tell You

January 6, 2016

In November 2015 the UK overall had 145% of its normal average rainfall. This will come as no surprise for the unfortunate residents of Carlisle and other areas. Climate change is now a fact of life and with it comes wetter winters, with an increased likelihood of flooding. Water causes damage and floodwater can be […]

Who is Responsible for Public Sewer Connections?

December 30, 2015

If you’ve got a property that’s recently been built or developed, the chances are it will need connecting up to the public sewer network. We don’t normally think about things like public sewer connections. We see sewers as part of large-scale utilities that somebody else looks after. But if your property does require connecting up […]

Have You Got a Case of Drainage Déjà Vu?

December 23, 2015

There’s nothing quite like recurring drainage problems to put a damper on your day. These show themselves in a variety of ways, all of them unpleasant. For example, a persistently foul odour coming from your drains would indicate a recurring drainage problem. And while you might be able to function as normal, up to a […]

Don’t Ignore the Elephant in Your Drain

December 23, 2015

It’s true; in some places elephants get trapped in drains. Really. There have been stories in the news from Thailand to Africa about this happening. On the one hand, detecting the drainage problem shouldn’t prove too difficult – you won’t need a CCTV drain survey to spot an elephant blocking the drain – on the […]

Why is a CCTV Drain Survey Essential for Business?

December 21, 2015

Business needs drains. Drains are not fashionable, they’re not trending, but they are essential. If you run a business at some point you’re likely to have issues with drainage, either because it isn’t doing what it should, or maybe because you’re expanding or refurbishing and the existing drain network will need to be included in […]

What Story Will A CCTV Drain Survey Tell You?

December 17, 2015

The story starts out as a mystery. It begins with a problem or an issue with your drains. You might do a bit of your own investigating, in an attempt to find out what’s causing your blocked drains, but in the end you’re stuck with something that you can’t get to the bottom of. It’s […]

Can a Drain Survey Help With Your Buildings Insurance?

December 9, 2015

A drain survey can be a key preventative measure taken to provide reassurance to property owners and insurers that a local drainage network is working as it should. It can also provide crucial information in the event of an insurance claim. Faulty drains require immediate repair or buildings risk mounting drainage problems, possibly leading to […]

Why Can CCTV Drain Survey be Crucial for Homebuyers?

December 7, 2015

There’s a housing shortage and house prices in the UK are on the rise, and have been for some time. Buying a house is a bigger financial commitment than ever so making the right choice is critical. The homebuyer survey is a vital part of the house buying process and it’s there to make sure […]

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind? Be Sure Of Your Drains With A Drain Survey

November 25, 2015

If you can’t see a problem should you ignore it? It’s not always the case that your drains are going to reveal what sort of condition they’re actually in. Problems with drains and drainage may not present themselves so obviously, which is why the drain survey is so important. There are two sides to this. […]

Can a Drain Survey Get to the Root of the Problem?

November 18, 2015

Sometimes drainage problems aren’t manmade. Nature can be the cause of drainage damage and when this occurs the consequences can be wide-ranging and significantly harmful. Trees are one of the biggest causes of blockages to drainage and sewage pipe networks. Tree roots can damage drains leading to blockages, leaks and, in some cases if left […]

How Sensitive is a Drainage Investigation?

November 6, 2015

You might have the idea of a drainage investigation conjuring up nightmare images of disruption, of dug up driveways and large excavations blocking entrances. In fact, we can conduct a drainage investigation in such a way as to cause minimum disturbance to surroundings. It’s also worth noting that the investigation is actually more likely to […]

How Does Drain Mapping Help with Drain Issues?

October 30, 2015

It’s all about knowledge. It’s about getting the full picture in advance of taking any action. It’s also about exploration and explanation. Drain mapping is vital in uncovering what is otherwise hidden and in allowing for the accurate anticipation of what to expect when commencing any work with a likely impact on the drainage and […]

What’s Stopping You From Getting a CCTV Drain Survey?

October 20, 2015

When you’ve got blocked drains you want them unblocked as soon as possible. You want to get the problem sorted so you can resume your normal routine, be it at business or in the home. It’s not unnatural for people to put things off, especially if they can live with the fault for the time […]

High Level Valley Clean Macclesfield

October 9, 2015

A high level clean in Macclesfield. The nursery supplements it’s income by holding exhibitions in the greenhouses at this time of year however they were concerned that each time it rained the water leaked in from the silted valleys.   We cleared 800 meters of silted valleys over a 4 day period.  Since the valley […]

The Persistent Puddle – Time for a CCTV Drain Survey?

October 3, 2015

So your driveway is quite new and you’ve had the experts in to fit it. It’s got drainage channels, it’s nice and level and, up to now, you’ve been really pleased with it. However, there’s been some typically poor British summer weather to contend with and this new puddle seems persistent, pooling on the driveway […]

Can a Drain Survey Get to the Root of the Problem?

October 3, 2015

Sometimes drainage problems aren’t manmade. Nature can be the cause of drainage damage and when this occurs the consequences can be wide-ranging and significantly harmful. Trees are one of the biggest causes of blockages to drainage and sewage pipe networks. Tree roots can damage drains leading to blockages, leaks and, in some cases if left […]

Can a Drain Survey Help With Your Buildings Insurance?

September 30, 2015

A drain survey can be a key preventative measure taken to provide reassurance to property owners and insurers that a local drainage network is working as it should. It can also provide crucial information in the event of an insurance claim. Faulty drains require immediate repair or buildings risk mounting drainage problems, possibly leading to […]

Why Can CCTV Drain Surveys be Crucial for Homebuyers?

September 30, 2015

There’s a housing shortage and house prices in the UK are on the rise, and have been for some time. Buying a house is a bigger financial commitment than ever so making the right choice is critical. The homebuyer survey is a vital part of the house buying process and it’s there to make sure […]

How Will Drain Mapping Change Your Plans?

September 26, 2015

Plans are essential. Knowing where things are and how they’re likely to be affected by your actions is crucial when it comes to building and refurbishment work. The question then is, are your plans reliable? Are you confident that you have the most up to date version? Sometimes you might not even have the luxury […]

How Can Drain Tracing Help Us to Help You?

September 24, 2015

Drain tracing is a diagnostic tool for investigating the nature of drainage problems, particularly where there are issues around access. It’s an essential technique for information-gathering when the situation calls for prior knowledge of a drainage system before any remedial work can take place. Not all drain blockages are simple to detect, and in situations […]

Should You Have a Drain Survey to Fight the Fat?

September 18, 2015

If one person in every five in the north west fries food at least three days a week, and if this involves fat being poured down the sink, then the potential for drain blockages is high. Utility companies answer a large number of callouts arising from congealed cooking fat blocking drains and the cost is […]

With Sinkholes On the Increase, is it Time for a Drain Survey?

September 12, 2015

In August a huge, 40ft sinkhole opened up on the Mancunian Way in central Manchester. It is likely to cause traffic disruption for months to come. The explanation for all this may be erosion from persistent and heavy rain. However, another common cause of sinkholes is deteriorating sewage or drainage pipes. In fact the two […]

Will a CCTV Drain Survey Discover the Cause of Persistent Clogging?

September 12, 2015

For many of us, dealing with temporary blockages to our drains is something we’re happy to take care of ourselves, from using a plunger to unscrewing the p-trap to clear out anything that’s settled and causing an obstruction. And we’re all familiar with commercially available drain unblocking products, the sort you pour down the sink […]

What Causes Blocked Drains and Why Have a CCTV Drain Survey?

September 1, 2015

The drain survey isn’t a cure for blocked drains, but it is invaluable in enabling us to detect and diagnose a problem. Then we provide the cure. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that drain blockages are commonplace. Luckily, we have the technology and tools to be able to find out what the issue is […]

Can Drain Mapping Help Refurbishments and Rebuilds?

August 27, 2015

Say you’ve got a project on the go, a major refurbishment or rebuild of an old building. Such work might be your speciality. And there can be various elements involved, from renovation to retrofitting. Obviously you’ll be going in with a project plan, and a clear idea of materials, milestones and sub-contractors. Being prepared is […]

What’s That Bad Smell, Should You Get CCTV Drain Surveys?

August 27, 2015

There are good smells and bad. There are smells associated with the home, like baking and freshly laundered sheets, and smells associated with work, such as fresh coffee. These have positive associations for most people. The smell of drains, however, is unpleasant and, importantly, suggests there may be a problem that requires some attention. A […]

Case Studies

August 12, 2015

Case Study 1: Drainage Problem Client owns large industrial estate in Manchester which suffers from flooding within the warehouse units during periods of heavy and prolonged rainfall. This results in downtime for business operators and insurance claims for the client. Drainage Consultants were asked to investigate and put forward a solution. A CCTV survey was […]

CCTV Drain Survey: the Benefits of Spying

August 12, 2015

CCTV is an emotive issue. We are living, we’re told, in a surveillance society, where the increasing use of CCTV technology could, in the future, change how we live and interact with each other in ways we haven’t anticipated. A former senior counter-terrorism officer has warned the government that there needs to be more transparency […]

How is Drain Tracing Crucial to Drainage Detective Work?

August 12, 2015

There are a number of tools at our disposal when it comes to drainage inspection and the detecting and diagnosing of drainage problems. Our methods have evolved and become both modernised and more streamlined. Where once we would have relied on drainage rods, now our kit includes CCTV cameras and sonar drain tracing equipment. The […]

What Can You Expect From a Drainage Investigation?

August 3, 2015

The first question is why have a drainage investigation? There could be a number of reasons: you might have found there to be something wrong with your drains, from them not working as you’d expect them to or smelling strongly; or you could be planning building work where you need to know the condition and […]

What Hidden Secrets Will Your Drain Survey Uncover?

August 3, 2015

The sort of things you might find out about your drains from a drain survey give a clear indication of why drain surveys are so important for the upkeep and maintenance of your drains. If a building is near to large trees there can be root damage to pipe work. Sometimes there is significant tree […]

How is Drain Tracing Crucial to Drainage Detective Work?

July 29, 2015

There are a number of tools at our disposal when it comes to drainage inspection and the detecting and diagnosing of drainage problems. Our methods have evolved and become both modernised and more streamlined. Where once we would have relied on drainage rods, now our kit includes CCTV cameras and sonar drain tracing equipment. The […]

CCTV Drain Surveys: Wouldn’t You Like to Know What’s Going On?

July 27, 2015

We all want peace of mind and drains are not where we want our surprises to come from. Knowledge is power, so the old quote goes, and it’s particularly true when it comes to drains and CCTV drain surveys. Most likely you have a business plan, you have milestones and goals, projected turnover and profits […]

Why is Drain Mapping Essential to Building Work?

July 20, 2015

Construction is a vital sector in our economy, and with building costs high and the recovery going fairly slow, builders need to minimise disruption to their work as much as possible when starting a new project. Location is key, and, crucially, an understanding of what builders will be building on or over. This is where […]

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Rescue You from Worry, Danger and Disaster?

July 15, 2015

What are the business implications of having drains that don’t function properly, or become completely blocked? Whether you’re a business owner or a landlord, you could face a variety of serious and damaging consequences should drainage problems occur. It’s worth considering having your drains thoroughly inspected and a cost effective way of doing this is […]