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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 […]

Drain Tracing: When High Tech Goes Underground

May 12, 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 […]

Public Sewer Connections: Why You Might Need One

May 4, 2016

Probably when you think about public sewer connections, if you think about them at all, you imagine work to do with large-scale utilities and therefore something that doesn’t concern you. However, when you move into a new property, it’s your responsibility to ensure that it’s properly connected to a public sewer. What Must You Do […]

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Protect Your Wealth?

April 28, 2016

We know all about CCTV being used for security purposes. It has a clear purpose in protecting property, and people, from criminal activity, and in gathering and recording data to help keep people, businesses and homes secure. What you might not realise is that a CCTV drain survey has its own role to play in […]

Is Your New Property Properly Connected for Waste? Public Sewer Connections

April 21, 2016

Don’t make assumptions: if you’re moving into a new property you need to ensure that it’s properly connected to a public sewer. Clearly, when it comes to moving into your new home, you want to have all your utilities connected and working and public sewer connections are an essential part of this. The onus is […]

What are the Causes and Signs of a Collapsed Drain? –

April 13, 2016

We use drain tracing to investigate and diagnose some drainage problems, particularly if access is going to be a problem and we need to avoid disruption to essential pipework or utilities. Often we encounter damage because the drain has collapsed. What are the main causes of collapsed drains? This can occur due to changes over […]

Why CCTV is Key in Drainage Detection

March 23, 2016

The drain is the scene of a crime. Something has gone badly wrong, systems have failed and the consequences are hideous: foul sewage water has backed up. There’s a lot of mess and the smell really isn’t too pleasant either. You can try putting chemicals down there, you can even poke about using a wire […]

Could You Benefit From a CCTV Drain Survey?

March 16, 2016

Are you thinking: that’s not for me? Perhaps the idea of a CCTV drain survey just doesn’t appeal to you. Does it sound too technical, too involved, too expensive, or just too much trouble? Think again: the CCTV drain survey is a really efficient, cost effective way of inspecting your drains. It’s a fact of […]

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 […]

Are Your Drains Doing Damage to the Environment? CCTV Drain Survey

February 18, 2016

Why would you have a CCTV drain survey? Let’s work back a bit: the most effective means easily available of clearing a blocked drain is a chemical cleaner, bought off the shelf. However, this kind of cleaner does contain harmful agents and is definitely hazardous if it comes into contact with your skin. If your […]

Where Are the Plans? Time for Drain Tracing

February 10, 2016

When it comes to drains, you can’t always get a clear picture about what’s going on. Unfortunately, when it comes to plans, the same can apply. Buildings evolve. They get refurbished, re-fitted, and extended. Vital plans can get lost or become outdated. A vital part of the process of building, however, how to know where […]

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 […]

How Do You Know if You’ve Got a Collapsed Drain?

January 18, 2016

Drains can collapse through changes over time. If a collapsed drain or sewer is left unattended it can have dramatic effects. Persistent leakage will wash away surrounding soil, which in turn will undermine the foundations of anything above ground. Fortunately you should be able to tell if there’s something wrong before it gets this bad. […]

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 […]

What Work is Involved in Public Sewer Connections?

November 10, 2015

The public sewer is the pipe that carries wastewater from more than one property. Wastewater is foul or surface water. The public sewer is run and looked after by the local sewerage utilities company. However, if you have a new or existing property that requires connecting to the public sewer, this is work you need […]

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 […]