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 time and plans are not always up to date. For issues around building over sewers, or other utilities, drain tracing can play a vital part in any preliminary work. It’s also an essential diagnostic tool for examining drainage problems.

Drains are prone to damage and deterioration from a number of external factors, including the incursion of tree roots. A collapsed drain may not immediately present itself as a problem, but it can have severe consequences for buildings, including subsidence.

It’s important, therefore, to have an effective way of detecting long and short-term drainage problems without resorting to large-scale exploratory excavations at the outset. This is what makes drain tracing both efficient and cost effective.

How Does Drain Tracing Work?

Sonar drain tracing is a practical application of technology for problem-solving diagnostics. Using electronic pulses, we can accurately detect any problem areas in the drainage network and gives us the necessary information to help build up an accurate plan of the drains. This mapping is then a useful future resource for maintaining accurate drainage plans.

Often used alongside a CCTV drain survey, drain tracing is one of a whole range of services we provide in order to get to the bottom of a drainage issue. Whether this is to prevent or repair drainage problems, or simply to gather information about your drains, we are fully equipped to detect and diagnose damage, deterioration and other issues, regardless of the age or complexity of a drainage network.

In short, we don’t just rely on one thing. Drain tracing is one key service alongside many others. We’re Drainage Consultants, with the right tools for any job, and the right technical support to get the job done.

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 is a high tech method using electronic pulses, allowing us to accurately find where problem areas are in drainage systems. The drain survey’s visual record of the drains will reveal the condition of the system; high tech mapping through drain tracing narrows the investigation down.

State-of-the-art sonar tracing equipment helps us locate drains and sewers, discover blockages and collapsed drains, and means we don’t have to do any digging for diagnostic purposes.

Location, Detection and Prevention

Drain networks are not always accurately mapped; and on occasion original drainage plans are out of date. When building works are scheduled, drain
tracing can be an essential preliminary activity in order to determine drain and sewer locations.

With drainage problems, drain tracing is a bit like exploratory keyhole surgery: it’s an effective means of detecting issues and building up an accurate picture of them, in order for us to be able to plan remedial action.

Drain tracing can also be a crucial way of getting an early understanding of drain deterioration in a drainage network. If there are symptoms of a collapsed drain, for example, sonar drain tracing will provide the necessary confirmation.

Our Range of Services

There is no single method regarding drainage work: we employ a variety of techniques, processes and procedures to ensure we can meet our customers’ needs. What we offer is a service that will investigate, diagnose and remedy a range of drainage problems. Drain tracing is an essential part of this service.

We understand how vital it is for us to be prepared for whatever drainage issues come our way, which is why we offer a full drainage service, employing a key team of specialist technical staff with the equipment to match.

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 designed to carry surface water away, but if they’re not working properly, this water won’t be going anywhere. Water that’s left to stand can seep into walls and eventually lead to decay. This sort of damage may take a long period of time to build up, but leaving your drains unattended will only make things worse in the long run.

Next there are your foul drains to think about. These carry wastewater away into the public sewer and drainage system. Foul really can mean foul if they get blocked up. The smell alone should alert you to the fact that something’s wrong. Blocked drains are a potential health hazard as well as an inconvenience and whichever way you look at it, they’re not pleasant to live with.

The thing about drains is that they are just there. You don’t generally give them a lot of thought unless, or until, something goes wrong. But it really is worthwhile considering having them inspected, particularly if you suspect that they are not functioning to the best of their capabilities.

One of the easiest, least disruptive and most cost effective ways of having your drains inspected is with a CCTV drain survey. We use the latest technology to send a camera into your drainage system so we can record exactly what condition it’s in.

We have team of professionals highly experienced in conducting drain surveys in a variety of commercial and domestic environments. Our CCTV drain survey will form the basis of a full report on your drainage system, including a DVD of the actual footage taken.

Whether it’s to diagnose a problem, or for mortgage or insurance purposes, a CCTV drain survey is the ideal way of ensuring your drains aren’t going to cause your property any lasting damage. Contact Drainage Consultants now for
more information.

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 of the window onto the street. Public sewer connections are an essential part of modern infrastructure, but they do involve a certain amount of individual responsibility.

If you have a new or existing property that needs connecting to the main public sewer, there are certain things you have to do to ensure that this happens. Under section 106 of the 1991 Water Industry Act, you must apply to your local utilities provider for permission to connect your property to the public sewer. This concerns foul (waste) water and surface water from rainfall.

The reason you have to make a formal application is to safeguard the whole public sewerage system by ensuring there are no unauthorised public sewer connections which might, in some way, damage or disrupt it.
Because you are making your own private decision to do this, you can choose a contractor to do the connection work for you. Your local utilities provider can carry out the work, but you have more choice, and control over the situation, if you decide on the company you want to do it. It's important that the work is planned in advance, so you will need to get your chosen contractor on board early on so that you can then submit proper plans to the utilities provider as part of your application.

At Drainage Consultants we have a vast amount of experience in carrying out public sewer connections for a wide range of clients. We take a very customer-centred approach to all our work, which means ensuring that your plans are professionally completed and clearly marked up to ensure your application goes through smoothly.

Once this is approved we'll schedule the work in at a time that's convenient for you, and we'll carry it out with the minimum of fuss or disruption. After we've done the work, we'll complete all the necessary certification on your behalf and arrange for the Water Authority to come and inspect the work.

We’re here to take the hassle out of the situation, making it easy for you to get the work done when you want it, to a standard that meets the most exacting professional standards.

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.

Some things, however, you can’t afford to put off, because the longer you leave them, the worse they’ll become. This is the case with faulty, blocked or damaged drains.

One clear way of finding out what state your drains are in is to have a drain survey. This involves specialist technology, whereby the camera is sent underground into the drainage system to record what’s there. The camera enters the system through manholes or access points. Once this is done, it’s carefully pushed through the pipework.

After the footage has been captured, it will be analysed by a team of experts. Any faults or damage to the drainage system will show up on the footage. This is a technologically advanced but economical way of establishing exactly what the conditions of the drain are.

Drainage systems are prone to deterioration over time. The effects of this may not be immediately apparent, or may be intermittent. Symptoms range from persistent blockages that reoccur to lingering odours and slow flow of drainage water.

The clear benefit of a drain survey is that it will clearly establish the cause for any of these symptoms. The CCTV footage forms the basis for a full report that includes a DVD as a visual record of what the survey has uncovered.

In the end, whether it’s a case of urgent repairs or other remedial work, the drain survey will enable us to clearly diagnose the problem and make a full set of recommendations for how we’ll solve it.

Sometimes putting things off, or not following through with your resolution, isn’t the best thing. Sometimes you need to make a fresh start and take decisive action. The drain survey you have now may well save you a lot of difficulty later.

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 a theme in the months immediately following the festive season, but fighting a different kind of fat may just be more important. Fatberg is the name given to a congealed lump of fat and other waste items found in sewer systems. Unlike toilet paper, fatbergs don’t break down, in fact they can keep growing.

In 2013 a fatberg the size of a bus was found in drains in Kingston upon Thames. The following year a mass the size of a jumbo jet had to be cleared from a section of sewer pipe in Shepherd’s Bush.

One cause of clogged drains and, ultimately, fatbergs, is the sheer amount of cooking fat, oil and grease that gets put down them. If you thought you had trouble digesting all that turkey, think of what your drains have to deal with. Yes, it’s all got to go somewhere, but sometimes it hangs around, having a party of its own in your drains.

The fats in the discarded cooking grease break down into their component parts and these combine with other elements in the sewers to create a dense compound. This is how fatbergs are made.

So what can you do about it? From a prevention perspective, simply don’t pour cooking oil and fat down the sink. If, however, the damage has been done and you think your drains are not working to their proper capacity, get them inspected.

A CCTV drain survey is a modern, cost-effective and efficient way to thoroughly inspect your drains and find out where there are any trouble areas. Once these have been pinpointed, we can work out the best way to clear your drains.

Act now and save yourself greater inconvenience from blocked drains later.

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 harmful to health if it contains sewage. If your drains become blocked and cannot cope with excess water, you are more likely to experience flooding, or backed up wastewater.

Certain aspects of this are out of your control. You cannot change the weather or organise the building of better flood defences. However, ensuring that your drains are operating properly is something you can do. If you have any suspicion that your drains are not working as they should be, you ought to consider getting them checked out.

Are there signs to look out for with damaged or faulty drains? There’s the obvious: water isn’t draining properly, or at all; or that toilets won’t clear when they are flushed. A persistent bad smell is another indicator.

A CCTV drain survey is a very good way of finding out what the condition of your drains is. If there are problems, a drain survey will be able to pinpoint where they are and ascertain the causes. We send a camera down your drain and, using precise sonar drain tracing, we are able to map your drainage network.

This is an accurate, cost-effective and non-disruptive way of discovering what action is needed to keep your drains working properly. If the persistent rain has had a bad effect on your drains, even causing them to collapse, our CCTV drain survey will be able to find this out.

We’ll provide you with a comprehensive report and a DVD of our footage, together with our recommendations for remedial action. Don’t put off something that might cause you more trouble further down the line. Contact us today and get your drains thoroughly inspected.

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 to the public sewer it is your responsibility.

Sewerage companies are responsible for the sewers themselves, and with this responsibility come certain rights of access, which covers private gardens where sewer pipes cross. So if there’s work required to the public sewer and it falls on your land, this would normally be taken care of by the sewerage company.

However, drains and private sewers carrying household waste are the responsibility of the householder or landlord. So where this local network requires connection to the public sewer, it is the private individual’s responsibility to arrange it. As with other utilities, the point at which the household waste connects with the public sewer marks the boundary.
If you want to connect your property to the public sewerage network, you’ll need to apply for a connection that complies with Section 106 of the Water Industry Act. The easiest way to go about this is to find a qualified contractor who will do the job.

We have a vast amount of experience with public sewer connections, employing a variety of different methods for completing this work, depending on the individual circumstances of the property involved. We’ll be able to advise you on what the best kind of connection will be suitable for your property.

Once the work is complete you’ll need to obtain a Certificate of Satisfactory Inspection. The Water Authority issues this once their inspector has thoroughly assessed your new public sewer connection. This is another reason why it makes sense to use a properly qualified, experienced contractor in the first place.

So the short answer to the question of who is responsible for your public sewer connection is that it’s you. But we’ll happily do the work on your behalf, to highest professional standard. Contact Drainage Consultants for more information about how we can help you.

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 point, it’s not something you can really ignore.

In the home, foul smelling drains are bad news, in a business they can become a real liability. Restaurants in particular can suffer from recurrent drainage problems due to the high volumes of fat and grease they routinely have to dispose of. Clogged drains may seem like a fact of life if you have a restaurant or catering business, but this doesn’t mean they can’t, and shouldn’t, be addressed.

A drain survey is an excellent means to detect problem areas in a drainage system and to diagnose specific issues, such as foul-smelling and slow-working drains.

This isn’t a simple, nice to have option: commissioning a drain survey is a cost effective way of uncovering drainage problems without going to the expense and potential disruption of preliminary excavations. Modern CCTV technology allows us to conduct a thorough underground investigation and record the results.

The drain survey will show us what conditions your drains are in. We’ll be able to see from the CCTV footage whether or not there’s any long-term structural damage, collapses or blockages. Our CCTV footage will provide the information for a full survey report. This is how we can let you know exactly what you’re dealing with, along with our recommended action plan. We’ll also give you a DVD of the CCTV footage so you have your own record of what our cameras have unearthed.

When it comes to drainage problems, it really doesn’t have to be a case of here we go again. We can systematically investigate, record, report and then act to ensure your drains don’t keep causing you problems.

If you’ve got recurring drainage issues, whether you’re a householder or a business owner, you need to consider whether a drain survey is something you can continue to afford not to have.

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 other, shifting the problem might require quite a bit of manpower.

There’s something else to consider though. The expression, elephant in the room, has become commonplace, short for ignoring a problem that’s so big that avoiding it seems easier than tackling it. But what happens if there’s an elephant in your drain?

What we mean is, supposing you’ve got ongoing drainage problems. Maybe they’re not enough to completely bring you to a standstill, but nevertheless, they’re an inconvenience. What sort of problems? Perhaps your drains are always smelly, no matter what you put down them to try and take the stench away. Or your drains are slow to work, or you keep having repeated, minor blockages that you’re able to clear for a short time but they keep happening.

These might be the sorts of drainage problems you feel you can somehow learn to live with. But at the back of your mind there’s the nagging worry that things going wrong repeatedly are only going to get worse. So if you want to confront the elephant in your drain, what can you do?

We can give your drains a CCTV drain survey. It is what it sounds like: we send a camera down your drainage system to uncover its hidden secrets. This is a really cost effective way to find out what state, exactly, your drains are in. It will reveal any problem areas, blockages and weaknesses.

We compile the results into a comprehensive report for you, and we include a DVD of the CCTV drain survey footage so you can see for yourself. We’ll give you a recommended course of action and fully explain to you what we need to do to get your drains sorted out.

You might be able to live with an elephant, but in the end surely it’s better to have any problems investigated and remedied, before you face a full-blown crisis.