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.
What are the main causes of collapsed drains? Tree roots can grow into pipe joints, eventually cracking them apart. Sometimes ground movement can cause pipes to misalign or even break. Drains on your property may be nearer to the surface than mains sewers, which means any unstable ground areas could cause you difficulties, or even accidents.
The signs that you have a collapsed drain might be blockages or ground depressions. Look out for these signs on your driveway, or in your garden. If you get damp areas on the ground where they haven’t been before this may be an indication of something wrong with your drains.
What should you do to be sure of what you’re dealing with? The right answer for you is to get a professional drain survey. A drain survey will use a CCTV camera to detect and record any deterioration, damage or faults in your drainage system.
A drain survey will save you time, and in the end it may well save you money, particularly if it uncovers issues that will only get worse if they’re not immediately addressed.
The benefits of a drain survey are that it enables us to examine the state of your drains remotely, minimising costs and disruption. It also gives us a clear record of what’s down there, and forms the basis for a complete report, accompanied by a DVD of the CCTV drain footage.
Whether you’ve got an immediate drainage issue, if you just need reassurance, or if your mortgage lender requires this information, a drain survey is a swift and trouble-free way of getting a full picture of what’s going on with your drains.