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Public Sewer Connections Explained


It’s probably not a subject many people think about, but our drains and sewers are a vital part of our everyday lives; allowing us to live in hygienic, safe and sanitary conditions. Sewers have actually been used since around 4000 BCE, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that large cities such as London were given an upgrade of their public sewer systems, changing them into the type of system we see today.

Before the advancement of a public sewage system, most waste was either recycled as fertilizer or simply thrown into the Thames, contaminating the water supply and leading to a rapid spread of diseases such as cholera. Luckily, we don’t have these issues in this modern age, but it’s still important to ensure that any new builds are properly connected to the nearest mains sewerage system.

These connections affect more people than you might think; from businesses building a brand new office or public service building, to homeowners thinking about adding an extension to their property. If you’d like to know more about public sewer connections, and the laws and regulations surrounding them, read on for our handy guide.

What is a public sewer connection?

A sewer is simply a pipe which serves more than one property, and public sewers are owned and maintained by various local water companies, such as Wessex Water or Thames Water. As the name suggests, a public sewer connection is simply the way that pipes in a new property or extension are connected to the main public sewer pipe, and there are three different types of connection available.

A junction connection is used to connect either one or two domestic properties, and if the sewer is less than 300mm in diameter. A saddle connection is suitable for one or two domestic properties if the sewer is larger than 300mm in diameter, and a manhole is used for any commercial property, or if you need a connection for more than two domestic properties.

You’ll need to obtain consent from your local authority or water company before making a public sewer connection; we will discuss the full rules and regulations in more detail further on.

The connection process

Before the connection can be agreed, you’ll need to know where the connection is being made, which of the three connection types it is, and who owns the public sewer in question. As well as three different connections, there are also three different types of sewers that it’s possible to connect to. A foul water sewer is used to carry wastewater away from appliances such as lavatories, showers, washing machines and dishwashers. The second type is known as a surface water sewer; this carries rainwater from rooftops, driveways, roads and pavements, and there’s also a combined sewer, which carries both surface water and wastewater.

Foul water pipes cannot be connected to a surface water sewer, as these discharge into rivers and streams, meaning that the water could become contaminated. In rare cases, surface water can be connected to a foul water sewer, although this is usually discouraged as it can cause a risk of flooding.

Once the right type of sewer has been identified, you’ll need to find a suitable connection point. These are often listed on maps of the local area, but most people will choose to hire a drain contractor to identify a suitable public sewer connection. You’ll then need to identify who owns the public sewer you plan to connect to, and obtain their permission before the connection can go ahead.

Once a connection point has been identified, whoever is proposing the connection will need to create detailed drawings to show their plans. Again, most people choose to use a drainage specialist to prepare these, as you’ll need to include the type of connection, the location, the size of both the connection and sewer, the method of connection (manhole, junction or saddle), and details of planning conditions if necessary. The final step is filling in an online application form (similar to this one here), with your details and the proposed connection plans.

Who might require a public sewer connection?

Both domestic and commercial builds are subject to the same rules and regulations when it comes to public sewer connections, and there are several different situations and building types which we will discuss below.

Domestic homeowners building an extension

Some home extensions require planning permission depending on their size, and if you’re thinking of adding a kitchen or bathroom extension then you’ll also need permission to connect to a public sewer. Even if you’re building an extension with no water pipe requirements, you’ll need to make sure that you’re not building over any existing underground drains or sewers, as this can damage the pipes.

If there’s an existing drain below, or close to, your planned extension, then it may have to be moved or rerouted, or alternatively you may have to rethink the size or placement of the extension.

New builds

As you might imagine, an entire domestic new build will be much more complicated than an extension, and the new house or flat block will need to be properly connected to the public sewer system. If there’s more than one new property being built, it’s common for them to share a sewer connection, although separate connections will need to be made for both the foul and surface water sewers.

Roof extension

Increasing the size of a roof on any property will require additional gutters and rainwater pipes, and you may find that new surface water connections are needed to cope with the increased amount of rainwater flowing from the roof. It’s important that surface water is directed away from the roof, to prevent damage to the foundations and surrounding area. A consultation with a drain contractor will be able to give you an idea of whether any new connections are required.

Rules and regulations

As mentioned above, there are several things you’ll need to identify before you apply, including the type or connection, the location, and a plan of the proposed drainage route. It’s illegal to make a public sewer connection without approval from your local water company (or whoever you apply to), so it’s essential that you wait for permission before going ahead.

In most cases, approval will be given or denied within 21 days of the receipt of the application, and water companies hold the power to shut down any illegal connections they may find. There are also laws dictating the required size and depth of the sewer pipes; this will vary depending on where the pipe is placed, and whether it carries foul water or surface water.

There are also regulations surrounding the type of material used; whether it be clay, concrete, or plastic, and a suitable test (e.g a CCTV drain survey) will need to be carried out to demonstrate that the pipes are suitable for the long term. There are also laws in place to ensure that a sewer system is not damaged before work goes ahead; this is essential to prevent the chances of doing any further damage during the connection.

If you’re looking for professional drainage consultants for help and advice regarding public sewer connections, get in touch with Drainage Consultants Limited. Our expert team has a wealth of experience and techniques when it comes to installing mains sewerage connections. We’re able to identify the right type of connection for any situation, and can even create new connections in brick sewers, by drilling into the existing structure or removing bricks.

We also offer a full range of drainage services, including sewer maintenance, sewer pipe lining, sewer line installation, CCTV drain surveys, drain mapping, and much more.

To find out more about any of our drainage services, or to make an appointment, give us a call today or visit our website.

Increasing the Longevity of Your Drain


More often than not, homeowners find themselves compromising their plumbing with bad care and counterproductive drain cleaning products. Many of these commercial, chemical cleaners can actually deteriorate your drains and cause further damages.

In this blog, we’ll take a look at a few facts about proper drain cleaning and care, and help you discover a few tips and tricks to keep your drain in good condition.

Chemical products can be harmful

One of the leading misconceptions regarding how drain cleaning concerns is how commercial cleaning products often affect home drain pipes. When used to clean drains, the chemicals in these products counteract with one another and come together to break away at clogged substances.

However, it’s the same reactions that can actually damage your drains to points beyond repair. When this happens, substantial professional renovations are often needed, creating financial strain on homeowners that are otherwise avoidable with proper plumbing care.

Keep a frequent maintenance schedule

Ensuring the life and performance of their drains entails adhering to a regular, consistent plumbing inspection schedule. This allows homeowners to keep on top of performance-hindering factors in their plumbing and take  precautions when it clogs, corrosion occurs or other drain issues eventually happen.

Understand that all drains are different

Your home will have a few types of piping that will work differently and have different properties, which ultimately mean that the methods of drain cleaning required will vary for each type. While all drains in your home go to the same sewage system, it’s not right to think that they work the same. Plumbers will use a variety of pipes in a house's plumbing such as drain pipes for sinks and showers or waste pipes which collect polluted water from the toilet directing it to sewage systems. Trying to fix a blocked drain without prior knowledge of how the pipe system works may result in highly serious problems including blocked sewers.

Professional help may be crucial

While DIY drain repair efforts and professional drain cleaning equipment  can often lessen your clogging woes and plumbing performance issues pretty simply, long-term solutions are often best provided by experienced specialists in your local area, who are equipped with the training and eye for pipe damage as well as an arsenal of quality plumbing solutions.

Here at Drainage Consultants Limited, our drainage specialists offer a 24 hour call out service to customers throughout the country, ensuring that homes and businesses are safe from drainage problems. Whether you’re in need of drain clearance or sewer repair, our drain experts are here your issue quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. To find out more get in touch with our friendly team.

Your drains are an important system in your home and are crucial for flushing waste away and supplying your household appliances with water. However, it can be easy to use your drain incorrectly or not keep on top of maintenance, resulting in a whole host of problems that can occur over time. Luckily, it’s just as easy to keep your drains clean and prevent them from blocking up.

Read on for our top tips on how to keep your household drains in good condition.

Use them correctly

One of the main reasons why many households experience problems with their drains, is because they’re using them incorrectly. Flushing the wrong kinds of items down the toilet, for example, or clogging up your kitchen drain with food is not how your drains should be used. Remember, drains are not bins and you should not dispose of your waste this way. Below is a useful checklist of what you should and shouldn’t flush down your drains.

Do flush:

  • Toilet paper
  • Tea, smooth drinks and coffee (without the grounds)

Don’t flush:

  • Sanitary products
  • Wipes
  • Food
  • Paint
  • Hair
  • Grease, fats and oils

Clear them regularly

Keeping on top of maintenance will reduce the chances of a major blockage or other problems building up in your drains. Invest in a plunger, as these simple and affordable tools are extremely effective at dislodging blockages so water can flow properly and doesn’t rise up. You can also use homemade solutions such as one cup of baking soda with one cup of white vinegar, followed by warm water - this can help break down soap scum and hair. Furthermore, if you can see the blockage, such as a clump of hair, invest in a drain snake that can be used to hook it out and stop it from being pushed in any further.

Change your habits

Simply changing the way you are around the home can save you from clogging up your drains. Here are some things you can try and get in the habit of doing to keep them in good working order:

  • Brushing your hair outside of the shower to remove the majority of loose hair
  • Getting rid of food waste using the food bins provided by the council or your own compost bin
  • Remove grease or fats by wiping them with kitchen roll and throwing them in the bin, or let it solidify and turn it into a bird feeder!
  • Educate your children about the importance of not throwing miscellaneous items down the drain, or you may be surprised what ends up down there

Drainage Consultants Limited are specialists in all aspects of drainage work, including CCTV surveys, drain cleaning, maintenance and drain replacement in Manchester and the surrounding areas.

Domestic, commercial or industrial, good drainage is needed in all types of properties and premises, but English sewage and sanitation hasn’t always been the best. Until the 1800’s the River Thames was still used as an open sewer, creating a foul smell across the city and contributing to the spread of disease. It wasn’t until Joseph Bazalgette took charge as chief engineer, that Britain’s sewage and drainage systems were revolutionised for the better.

Today, the UK’s drains make it easy for waste to leave our homes in a sanitary way - which means no more throwing our waste out of our windows like they did in the Middle Ages!

Think about what’s going down your drains on a daily basis, with the amount of water, soap and dirt that's flushed down the system, it’s important that you maintain good working drains. Unfortunately, many homeowners and business owners don’t realise the importance until a problem arises, and this can lead to even bigger issues.

However, by using your drain correctly and with regular maintenance from drainage consultants your drains should stay in good nick for years to come. So, how else can your home or business benefit from drain maintenance? Read on for a detailed guide about looking after your drains.

Signs your drains need looking at

If your drains are experiencing problems, then it’s likely that you’ll spot some tell-tale signs. You should never ignore them, as doing so is counter-productive and you could find yourself in a more complicated and expensive situation than you would have been if you took action sooner. Common signs that your drains need looking at include:

Slow draining or rising water

If water is rising out or not going down the plug hole, sink or toilet smoothly, then this is likely to be caused by a blockage somewhere in the pipe. Noone wants to stand in a pool of water while showering, and you certainly don’t want toilet water rising in your home or business.

Strange sounds

Another sign of partially blocked drains is gurgling and other strange sounds, as this indicates that there is trapped air in the drain. A gradual build up of hair, food and other foreign materials in the drain prevents air bubbles from flowing down, which is why you may hear a gurgling sound.

Smells

Foul odours can make your home unpleasant to be in and your business environment uncomfortable for your employees and customers. Although air freshener may be able to temporarily mask the smell, this is not a long term solution and drainage consultants should be called to assess the problem.

Visible blockages

You may be able to see the blockage whether it be hair, food or a build up of sludge. If you can’t reach it with a drain snake and pull it out, it’s probably best to call in the experts who can use specialist tools to remove it.

How can a drain survey and drain cleaning services help?

A professional drainage company are trained in a whole host of techniques that will maintain your drains. Big or small, it’s not worth leaving drain problems to progress when they can be easily solved by an expert. Here at Drainage Consultants we offer a range of services including drain investigation, drain cleaning and drain rehabilitation that are designed to repair and maintain your system. Common drain solutions include:

  • Maintenance reports - homes or businesses can benefit from regular maintenance checks, followed by a detailed report that explains the best course of action for any problems spotted.
  • CCTV surveys - using high-quality cameras, CCTV is often the quickest way of identifying a drain problem for pipes both above and below ground. This method will identify the extent of pipework and their condition, so they can pinpoint exactly what needs to be done.
  • Emergency clearance - whether it’s at home or in your business premises, emergency situations can put everything on hold. To safeguard you in these situations, it’s important that you have a professional service you can call - a qualified team can help in hazardous incidents, or simple blockages that are putting your business on standby.
  • Root cutting - often, drainage issues are a result of tree roots and other plants that are growing in the vicinity of pipework or within the pipe itself. However, intrusive roots can be treated with high-pressure water cutting and other specialist gear that will clear your drains, and allow space for sewer repair to be done.

Benefits of drain maintenance

Just like other areas of your home and business, your drains are just as important and regular maintenance is needed. Even if you aren’t seeing any signs of a blockage or broken pipe, there could be an issue developing further down the line which is why you should organise annual or quarterly reports. Below we explain some of the other important benefits of looking after your drains.

Preventing bigger issues

You can’t prevent bigger issues from occurring without proper maintenance, you wouldn't let your light bulbs blow without replacing them so don’t let drain maintenance fall behind either. A checkup every so often will keep your drain clog-free, clean and working as they should.

Cost-effective

Keeping drains clear could in fact save you money in the long run. While regular maintenance is affordable, putting this off could allow more complicated issues to arise in the meantime and leave you out of pocket when it comes to rectifying them. Complete pipe replacement can be costly, so reduce your chances of a big bill my nipping small problems in the bud with the work of a professional team.

Minimise disruptions

Having a broken drain completely burst around your home or rising water flood your shop is really no ideal. But, with regular maintenance your drains can stay clear and minimise disruptions in your domestic or commercial property. If you need to close your business for major work to take place this can have an effect on your earnings, or you may need to take several days off work if a problem is being worked on in your home.

No odours

A smelly shop or home is not very welcoming for you, your guests or your customers. Business such as restaurants and bars, for example, could see a knock on effect on their ratings - noone wants to eat or drink in a foul smelly place and this will reflect badly on you.

Pleasant environment

Your home should be somewhere you can relax and feel comfortable, not somewhere where bad smells are filling every room! Allowing this problem to linger will only make it worse, and for commercial settings and other kinds of businesses your customers and clients won’t be impressed.

What you should and shouldn’t put down your drains

Do pour and flush:

  • Toilet waste & toilet paper
  • Drinks such as tea, smooth juice, water and squash

Don’t pour or flush:

  • Food waste
  • Grease, fat and oils
  • Coffee granules and tea bags
  • Wipes
  • Sanitary products
  • Nappies
  • Chemicals
  • Paint
  • Pet litter

Drainage Consultants: The specialists in drain cleaning services

Here at Drainage Consultants, we work across the UK providing professional drainage work including cleaning, maintenance and sewer repairs for a range of domestic and commercial clients. Don’t put up with poor drainage, get in touch with our expert team today and allows us to assess the problem and take the best course of action.

Paying attention to what you’re putting down your kitchen and bathroom sinks or flushing down the toilet is essential to keeping your drains in good condition. After all, drains are only designed to deal with liquids, and becoming careless about what you put into them could lead to a blockage.

Here are five items you should certainly avoid putting down your drain to avoid causing damage:

Grease and oil

Once you’ve finished cooking, it can seem tempting to simply pour leftover fat or grease down the sink and rinse it away with some washing up liquid. However, as these substances are so sticky, they can collect residue and debris inside your pipes and form clumps of fat that just won’t budge. Over time, these will begin to block your pipes until liquid can no longer pass, resulting in a blockage.

Food debris


Whether you’re rinsing out a food carton to be recycled or are washing your plates after your evening meal, you may notice small bits of food running off into your sink. If they’re small enough, these will slip through your plug hole and through your pipes. However, over time, eggshells, grains of rice and other food debris can collect within your drainage system, bound by grease and oil.

To avoid this, make sure you’re thorough when scraping food off your plates and bowls before putting them in the sink, and remove any items of food you notice collecting around your plug.

Wet wipes and paper towels

As toilet paper is designed to dissolve and disintegrate quickly, it can usually pass through pipes and drains without much problem. However, other types of tissue and wipes, including baby and facial wipes, aren’t designed with the same qualities and are likely to cause blockages when flushed down the toilet. While they’re likely to pass through your pipes without much issue, they can become stuck in sewers and cause problems that are difficult to rectify.

Medication


If you’ve found a bottle of cough syrup in your cupboard that went out of date a couple of years ago, you may be tempted to pour its contents down the drain before disposing of the bottle. However, medication, whether in liquid or solid form, should never be flushed into waterways. They contain chemicals which can contaminate water sources - even those you rely on for drinking water. With this in mind, make sure you never flush any pills or pour any medicine down the sink.

Hair

As hair is natural matter, its appearance on this list may surprise you. However, as you’ll notice when sweeping your floors or washing your clothes, hair can become matted and clumped easily. These clumps can collect debris as they move through your pipes and, over time, can lead to blocked drains. To avoid this, make sure you bin clumps of hair instead of flushing them down the toilet, and make sure you remove any hair found wrapped around your shower’s plughole as soon as you’ve spotted it.

If you’ve noticed that your drains are blocked, it’s time to call the professionals. At Drainage Consultants Ltd, based in Stockport, we offer a wide variety of domestic and commercial drainage solutions, including drain cleaning, CCTV drain surveys, drain mapping and much more. So, whether you need an emergency drain clearance or a pre-purchase drain survey, look no further for experts you can rely on.


Get in touch with us at Drainage Consultants Ltd for a free, no-obligation quote today.

Everyone enjoys a treat every once in a while, from fancy meals out to stays in luxurious hotels, the average Brit spends an estimated £62,000 on hotel stays in their lifetime. But, imagine arriving at your hotel, only to find the sink is blocked or the room is filled with the smell of rising drains - trip ruined. As a hotelier or restaurant owner, it’s more important than ever that your drains are in top working condition. Remember, these drains are on a much bigger scale than those found in a domestic setting, with hundreds of litres being poured down the drain each day they need to be taken care of.

To help your business run efficiently, you should seek the expertise of professional drainage consultants. Not only will they provide expert services but keeping on top of this will ensure your establishment gains a good reputation for safety, functionality and comfort.

To give you a little more information about why drain services and so important in hospitality, this blog will explain all you need to know.

Why should you hire a drain specialist?

As you would with other areas of your establishment, it’s important that any problems with your drains are not ignored, especially if you’re getting bad feedback from customers. As mentioned, hospitality is an industry that requires high-quality plumbing due to its nature - with cooking, washrooms, private bathrooms, pools and other facilities being a major factor. However, this also means that the high volume of use can lead to more complicated problems and blockages, and while this can sometimes be fixed with shop-bought solutions, it’s always best to call in the experts.

Here we explain the benefits of having a professional drain expert on standby.

Fast response

When running any type of establishment that serves the public, you need to make your responses quick. As soon as you notice or are informed of a problem, like water rising out of the shower, for example, this needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Ignoring these faults can cause further complications and damage, as well as leaving your guests dissatisfied - they are paying for an enjoyable stay after all. Ensure you have good communication with your staff, and make it a priority that all faults are reported immediately. Following this, make sure you have reliable drainage consultants that you can call to assess the problem, as experts in this field they can quickly identify the fault and get it fixed. They should be experienced in commercial drainage solutions too, as this often requires more complex work than what they may come across in the home.

Drainage Consultants are the experienced drains specialist that can investigate and fix your problem fast. Working all across the UK, you won’t be far from one of our accredited engineers, on hand to get your commercial premises back in working condition.

Minimal disruptions

Drainage problems may end up putting your business on hold if they progress into something much bigger. This could be loss of money, cancellations of bookings and generally a bad feeling among customers. Many professional services, however, will have flexible working hours so they can get on with the job without causing too much disruption. And by using specialist equipment and techniques, disruptions will be kept to a minimum and solved a lot quicker than shop-bought products that often require several hours to work.

Happy customers

As paying customers, everyone who enters your premises will expect a certain level of standards - being faced with a blocked toilet or unpleasant smells not being one of them. Ensure your customers have the best experience they can and you’ll increase your chances of repeat business and recommendations. Never attempt to repair problems yourself if you’re unsure, this could cause more harm than good. If hotel bathrooms are not functioning as they should, this may lead to bad reviews or loss of money if you’re required to process a partial refund on your customers’ stay.

What type of drain cleaning services are available?

So now we’ve discussed why you should hire a drain specialist, here we’ll explain exactly what they can help with. There are a whole array of problems that can occur in commercial drains, some similar to those in domestic drains and some more complicated. The most common drain services include:

Removing blockages

Blockages are a common problem in drains. Most of the time they’re caused by disposing of the wrong items down the toilet or sink - hair, sanitary products and wipes usually being found in the bathroom and fats, oils and lodged food blocking kitchen sinks. Simple changes such as keeping all of these elements out of the drains will have a big impact on maintenance.

Ask kitchen staff to dispose of all fats and oils by scooping it out of pans and throwing them in the bin, food waste should also be placed in a recycle bin and not rinsed down the plug. You should also echo this message to your guests, perhaps incorporate it into your hotel rules or leave signs in each bathroom to encourage correct disposal.

Repairs

With so many people coming in and out of a hotel and with hundreds of meals being cooked in the kitchen each day, it’s unsurprising that drain repairs are common in the hospitality industry. A professional service will know exactly how to repair the fault so you can resume business as usual, whether that be broken flushes, burst pipes or something else.

Pipe relining

A method favoured by many, due to its affordable costs compared to more invasive work, pipe relining is a way of replacing your pipelines without completely digging up the whole infrastructure. It works from the inside by using a special resin which hardens to form an additional pipe inside of the damaged one. Problems with your pipes can lead to leaks, burst pipes and other problems so this may be a suitable option for you.

Maintenence

Even if your drains seems to be working fine, it’s worth having regular maintenance so any potential risks can be spotted and resolved quickly. Maintenence may include flushing out drains to stop blockages from occurring, and offering other helpful advice on how you as a business can put good practices into place.

Emergency service

Like most things in business you need to be prepared to a worst-case scenario, so having contact with a professional drainage company will cover your back if the worst were to happen. Perhaps the sink is majorly blocked and it’s preventing the chefs from preparing food, or maybe one of your ensuites is flooding due to poor drainage, whatever the problem you’ll need a team on hand who can get things sorted as soon as possible.

Drainage Consultants: The experts in domestic and commercial drain solutions

If you’re looking for an experienced company, who will keep your drains safe and problem-free, Drainage Solutions are the people you need. With more than 20 years of experience in the trade, no problem is too big or too small for us to handle. We cover several locations within Yorkshire, Wales, the East of England and South West England, using the latest technology to identify the problem and quickly get it fixed. Get in touch for more information about our work or to book your appointment today.

When it comes to our homes, we want nothing more than an inside space to relax, to welcome guests or to be sheltered from the elements outside. With this in mind, there is nothing worse than a mysterious, lingering smell from your drains to interrupt your blissful time when you come home from work. Especially when you want to relax, if you’re eating a meal that you’ve slaved over or you want to host a party with friends or family.

In this blog, we provide some ideas for some useful products that you can purchase, or, you may have them tucked away in your cupboards, for when your drains start to smell and to stop them from clogging in future. Here are some of the options:

Hair catcher

One of the most common reasons for drain blockages in domestic properties, loose hair can be a pain in or out of the drains. Build-ups of hair can cause serious blockages or slow draining problems. To help stop this problem, consider investing in a hair catcher for your bath or shower to ensure any loose hairs are caught into this contraption, rather than infiltrating your drains.

Sink strainer

Similar to hair catcher, a sink strainer catches food before it falls down the drain. Food waste and leftovers caught within your drains can cause blockages and they may start to rot causing pungent smells to fill your home. Sink strainers aren’t very expensive either - a cheap investment to help stop more serious and expensive problems later on.

Drain cleaner

Although this product won’t be able to unclog a drain, a drain cleaner will help keep your drains healthy by sanitising your sink, and killing any smelly germs. Keep your drains fresh and stock up your cleaning cupboard with this, but remember to follow the mixing instructions and to wear protective gloves and clothing.

Baking soda and vinegar

If your drains aren’t draining efficiently, there might be a small blockage in your pipes. Believe it or not, you can create your own recipe for unblocking drains with baking soda and vinegar. Start by pouring boiling water into the drain, before pouring half a cup of baking soda then vinegar into the drain and cover the drain. After waiting 10 minutes or so, pour another pot of boiling water into the drain and flush it through with water from the tap. Your drains should now drain more efficiently - if not, there might be a more serious problem so consider calling out a plumber or an expert to help.

If you’re experiencing unhealthy drains within your home and there is a blockage that you just can’t shift, call out the experts to help you as soon as possible. At Drainage Consultants Ltd., serving Stockpot and surrounding areas, we can provide professional and practised drain-related services for domestic and commercial properties. Whether you’re in need of a drain survey or drain cleansing, we can help - contact us on 0845 226 5060 for a free consultation today.

Dealing with drain-related issues, such as a clogged sink to a toilet blockage, can be a chore for any homeowner. They can also lead to other more serious problems if left unattended, so it is best to nip any signs of trouble in the bud.

There are some drain troubles that you may be able to deal with yourself. For instance, if your sink is draining slowly, pouring some drain cleaning solution down it may resolve the issue. However, we’d recommend leaving more serious issues to the professionals.

If you’re looking for a little bit of professional assistance, reach out to local drainage specialists who can help. Drainage professionals will be fully trained in the installation, maintenance and repair of drains. They also offer drain cleaning services and often carry out sewer repair and sewer maintenance.

Want to know more about how a drainage professional could help you? Read on to find out more about some of the most common services they offer:

Drain CCTV surveys

Drain CCTV surveys are one of the most helpful services that a drainage professional can offer. This involves using CCTV survey tools to take pictures of the inside of your drainage pipe to work out what the issue is. Before this solution, drainage specialists would need to work out what was wrong with a blocked pipe using just their own knowledge and experience. Now, they can get clear images of the interior of the pipe and analyse the root cause of the problem.

So, what does this mean for the customer? It saves you from having to endure drain excavation. The drainage contractors will be able to work on and offer a solution without needing to excavate.

Drain relining

If a survey reveals that your drain pipes are cracked or broken, there are two potential solutions. You can either get the damaged area replaced, or you could get the drain relined. Drain lining repair involves minimal excavation and allows the drainage professional to carry out the repair without much disruption. This makes the entire process of repair much more convenient and less of a hassle for you.

During this process, the drainage specialist will reline the damaged section of the pipe with a resin liner. This will bond to the pipe and set. The drain will then resume operations with no issues.

Sewer repair and maintenance

Trust us, you don’t want to face sewer problems without the help of a professional. Seek out a reliable drainage professional in your area. As your sewer system is hard at work moving waste out of your property every day, it is bound to run into issues from time to time. With the contact of a local drainage contractor, you can get immediate help so your household doesn’t have to deal with the consequences of a broken down sewer system.

Get your sewer repaired and maintained by a skilled drain professional. They will have the experience and expertise to find the source of any blockage. Not only can they carry out repairs but you can also hire them for sewer maintenance. We’d recommend getting regular sewer maintenance so your pipes are functioning well throughout the year.

Drain maintenance

Take preventative action by booking a drain maintenance service. Your local drainage professional will be able to detect any issues before they escalate and lead to the need for repairs. During this check, trained specialists will be able to look for signs of any problems that could result in further damage. If they do spot any issues, they will be able to recommend the best solution.

You can schedule drain maintenance checks as often as you like, but we’d recommend twice a year for residential properties and more frequently for larger commercial properties. Be proactive and book a regular drain maintenance appointment.

Clearing drain blockages

Another service offered by residential and commercial drainage contractors is unblocking clogged drains. As your drains are in active use every day, it’s easy for them to become clogged.

Some of the common reasons for drain blockages include:

  • Hair - this is common in shower drains
  • Food waste - fats and grease can easily block your kitchen drain
  • Tissue paper or wet wipes - these are some of the most common causes for clogged toilets
  • Build up of minerals, dirt or soap

Although there are products available to help unblock clogged drains, these don’t always work with stubborn waste that isn’t as easy to dislodge. Hire a  professional to carry out a drain unblocking and cleaning service. They will have the equipment needed to get the job done, as well as the expertise to ensure that all waste and debris is eliminated for your drain to run efficiently. They will be experienced in dealing with some of the toughest culprits such as greasy food waste and fat removal.

Drain blocking can be done through the process of drain jetting. This involves a professional spraying water down the drain at high pressure. This is usually very effective at removing any waste and debris that is clogging up the pipe. Keep in mind that using physical objects to try and remove a clog can damage the inside of the pipes, so this job is best left to the professionals. The best part? Drain jetting can unclog and clean pipes at the same time.

What are the key reasons to turn to a drainage professional?

  • One of the main reasons to hire a professional is so that you don’t risk further escalation of the issue by attempting to fix it yourself. When it comes to more serious matters such as broken pipes or drain repairs, the damage caused by a DIY solution could be extensive. For instance, a burst pipe can lead to considerable water damage in your home. Get in touch with local drainage professionals to help you with any of the jobs above.
  • Another reason to hire a professional drainage contractor is for safety purposes. Drainage isn’t easy to navigate, especially without the necessary training. If either your pipes or the sewage system isn’t handled with care, it could be dangerous not just for your property but for members of your household. Other than leaking pipes which could result in dampness, an overfilled septic tank could contaminate the water flowing within the pipes into your home. Drainage professionals will ensure none of these issues occur so you can maintain a healthy environment for your family.
  • Finally, a professional will have the necessary equipment to carry out the job. Drainage experts are now using cutting edge technology to deal with issues. For instance, CCTV cameras enable them to get to the root of the issue quickly. If you attempt to fix your drain yourself, you could wreak further havoc with DIY equipment that simply isn’t up to the task.

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At Drainage Consultants, we have a team of professionals with the right tools and expertise to get to the root of any drain related problem. Whether you need to resolve a simple problem such a blocked sink or you need a full-blown drain replacement, we can help. Our team will ensure that all repairs are carried out effectively without the risk of any further damage.

For more information about our services or for a free consultation, get in touch with us today.

Every homeowner needs to deal with clogged drains from time to time. Of course, most would avoid it if they could! It’s important to know what to look out for so the problem doesn’t escalate. Sometimes the issue can become too difficult to deal with yourself.

Read on for the 4 signs that it may be time to turn to the professionals:

You can smell a foul odour

It’s possible for a clogged drain to lead to a bad smell. This is usually due to trapped food or grease which isn’t being washed away. Regular DIY drain cleaning tactics won’t work in this case. Reach out to a professional drain cleaning company who will have the proper tools and training to deal with the issue and return your home into a sweet-smelling zone.

It’s taking your sink some time to drain away water

Dealing with a slow draining sink? Are you noticing water start to accumulate in your sink or shower?

This could be caused by a clog deep down within the pipes. A sluggish drain could also be a sign that there’s a blockage in the sewer. If you’ve exhausted DIY methods such as pouring down drain cleaning solution and there isn’t much sign of movement, seek out a professional before it gets worse. If there is buildup within the pipe, a simple drain cleaning session by a specialist may be enough to resolve this issue.

There are strange noises coming from the drain

Listen out for prominent gurgling or bubbling noises as water goes down to your drain. This is usually due to a partially clogged drain which can escalate if not taken care of. Hire a professional if you keep hearing these unusual sounds from your sink or even when you flush the toilet.

You spot the sudden presence of fruit flies

Fruit flies can be notoriously difficult to get rid of from a property. If you find that they’ve materialised in your home seemingly overnight, this could be due to food waste that has built up in your drain. The fruit flies will flock to that. The good news is that professional drain cleaning can deal with this issue. Without food waste, fruit flies will no longer be interested in your property.

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Cleaning a clogged pipe yourself doesn’t always resolve the issue. For a long-term solution, hire a professional with the right tools and expertise to get to the root of the problem. At Drainage Consultants, we offer expert assistance for all drain-related issues. For more information about our services or for a free consultation, get in touch with us today.

Keeping your drainage system well-maintained is all about using it in the right way - most blockages and other common problems occur when homeowners don’t look after their drains as they should. From blockages to bad smells, your drains are an important factor in having a fully functioning home, so don’t miss them out when taking care of the rest of your house. Here are some of the easy ways that you can keep your drain working well and smelling fresh.

Correct disposal

All homeowners will experience a blocked drain at some point, however, clearing the issue is usually pretty straightforward. But, if your drains are regularly blocked then you need to identify the source of the problem - and this is usually down to what you’re putting down your drains. If a major blockage means even DIY tricks can’t clear it, always contact a professional drainage service who can sort the problem.

Things you shouldn’t put down your drains:

  • Cooking grease, oil and fats - these type of leftovers can cause real problems for drains, as once dry they can block the entire pipe. Instead, you should let these dry, wipe them from cooking items and throw them in the bin.
  • Food waste - all leftover food that you don’t plan on re-using should be disposed of using the food waste bins provided by the council. Scraping even small bits of food down your kitchen sink can clog the drainpipe, and starchy foods are particularly troublesome tricky to flush as they usually expand in water.
  • Sanitary products - your toilet should only be used to dispose of human waste, however, many people do use their household toilet to flush away sanitary products. Their super-absorbent properties mean they break down a lot slower, so over time, you’ll probably notice a decline in the functionality of your toilet.
  • Wipes - despite many wipes claiming they are ‘flushable’, these items still remain one of the main causes of household blockages. The tiny plastic fibres that are contained within wipes can have a huge impact on the environment and creatures that come in contact with them when they end up in rivers and beaches.
  • Hair - you may not realise, but hair can cause bigger issues than you may expect. Try and pick out easy to reach hair from the surface of your plugholes as this will prevent large hairballs from forming in the pipe. If you have particularly thick hair, it’s also a good idea to invest in a hair catcher that sits of the plughole, or a drain snake to fish out big clumps.

Things you can put down your drains:

  • Toilet paper - this is the only material that is specially designed to be safe and problem-free for your toilet’s pipes
  • The majority of drinks - including squash, water, tea and coffee (without the granules)
  • Drain unblockers - it’s useful to regularly flush your drains through with a good drain unblocker, but similarly, boiling water can work just as well.

By following good practices your drains will remain in good working order, saving you time and money in the long run.

If you’re in the process of moving into a new home, you’ll know that there’s plenty to think about. From finding your dream property to securing a good mortgage deal, it can seem like there’s a never-ending to-do list of tasks to complete and items to tick off before you can settle into your brand new abode. After all, there’s a reason why it’s often claimed that moving house is one of life’s most stressful events.

However, making sure that you do everything by the book and avoid cutting corners is essential to making your house move much less stressful in the long term. That’s why it’s advised that you really do your research into the house you’re purchasing, and make sure there are no structural or internal problems which could spring up in the near future.

One of the things you should certainly check as a home buyer is the quality of your new home’s drainage systems. Drains can be easy to forget about, simply because they function underground and are therefore out of sight and (often) out of mind. However, the repercussions of not having a property’s drains inspected before you move into it could be huge. Sound working drains are essential for a liveable property, so making sure they’re in good condition before you buy a home is certainly worth it.

If you’re still unsure as to whether you need a CCTV drain survey before purchasing a house, read on to find out what we think.

What happens in a drain inspection?

First of all, what’s involved in a drain inspection? During an inspection, drain specialists will examine the underground system in order to assess the quality of the drains themselves and identify any potential problems. The inspection will be carried out using high-tech CCTV cameras, which are sent through the drainage system in order to record a video of the interior of the pipes.

This video will then be watched by the contractors, who will conduct a thorough report detailing the layout of the drainage system and the condition of the pipes themselves. Once all existing and potential future problems have been identified and reported on, the contractors will be able to offer a pricing quotation for all repair and maintenance services required.

Reasons to have a drain inspection before purchasing a property

There are many reasons as to why you’d consider having a drain inspection before purchasing a property, but here are just some of the most compelling:

Get to know your brand new property

Buying a house is one of the biggest financial investments you’ll ever make in life, so making sure you’re completely happy with the property you’re purchasing is essential, whether you’re moving to a gorgeous farmhouse in the countryside or a terraced house in the city. You wouldn’t make an offer without viewing the house itself, so why would you do so without checking everything’s functioning as it should be underground?

Before you exchange contracts, it’s likely you’ll have HomeBuyer Report carried out by a chartered surveyor. This report is designed to highlight any problems with the house, both structurally and in terms of energy efficiency, in order to help home buyers negotiate a lower asking price. Whilst getting a HomeBuyer Report is certainly advisable when purchasing a new property, the surveyors won’t have the knowledge or the resources to conduct a thorough inspection of the drainage systems connected to the house.

A specialist drain inspection will give you a real insight into the condition of the drains and make sure you know exactly what to expect when you move into your new property. Like a HomeBuyer Report, a drain inspection could also help you negotiate with the vendor, as we discuss below.

Negotiate with your vendor

Finding out as much as you can about the condition of your new property is a great way to help you negotiate with the seller of the house. If you have significant evidence to suggest that you’ll need to pay for costly drainage repairs shortly after moving into the property, you may be able to come to an agreement with regards to reducing the asking price.

Additionally, if the report highlights any significant problems with the drains, you can even request that the vendor covers the costs of the repair work before you exchange contracts. Your drainage contractors will be able to give you an approximate quotation to work with, so you can give your vendor some idea of what fees are to be expected.

Keep mortgage lenders happy

If you’re relying on a mortgage lender to be able to purchase the property in question, you’ll need to make sure you’re aware of any problems which could cause significant damage to the building when making your application. A mortgage lender won’t want to invest money in a property if they can’t make an informed choice about its structural stability and liveability, so making sure they have this information available is key to keeping them satisfied.

This is also true for insurance companies. If there’s a chance that you’re going to claim on your insurance in a few month’s time as a result of faulty pipes, policy providers aren’t likely to offer you the best possible insurance coverage. Proving to your insurance company that you’re taking care of all potential drainage problems - or that your drains are in top condition - is a great way to keep them happy and put your own mind at ease.

Identify specific problems early on

As we’ve previously touched on, one of the most important reasons for home buyers to have a drainage inspection is to identify problems early on. After all, these are the systems whereby water from sinks, baths and showers is transported away from the property to sewage systems and waterways. Without functioning drains, the risk of flooding is high.

If your drains aren’t working as they should be, water can build-up within the property, causing a whole range of issues from mould and damp through to structural damage, depending on the severity of the issue. The last thing you want is to purchase a property without being aware of drainage problems which may require time-consuming and costly repairs in the near future.

There are some signs of drainage problems that you may be able to spot simply by using your sinks and bathtub, such as water and sewage backing up or failing to drain properly. However, when it comes to identifying specific problems with the pipes themselves, such as splits at the joints and blockages, you’ll need to have a professional inspection carried out. CCTV cameras will allow your contractors to see exactly what the issue is and where it’s occurred, meaning they can carry out specific repair works rather than playing a guessing game.

Save money on costly repairs

In addition to saving you a great deal of stress, identifying drainage problems early on means you can save money on costly repairs. When preparing to purchase a new property, it’s likely that you’re hoping to save the pennies where possible. However, getting a drain inspection certainly isn’t a waste of money, and could even help you cut your costs dramatically in the long-term.


After all, identifying drainage problems early on means you’ll be able to have them resolved as soon as possible - and hopefully before they develop into something more serious. Taking care of these issues before they exacerbate could help you avoid problems that are more complicated - and therefore costly - to fix. If you’re already paying thousands for a new home, you’ll need to be aware of any potential money drains (pardon the pun!) in order to deal with them before it’s too late.

For instance, if the drainage system connected to your house has weaknesses that could lead to your basement flooding, you may find yourself paying out a huge sum of money to take care of structural and electrical damage within your brand new property. This is the last thing you’ll want to deal with after the stress of buying a new home, yet could be avoided by simply having a comprehensive drain inspection beforehand.



Drainage Consultants: Drainage contractors specialising in inspections, pipe relining, drain clearance and much more across the UK

When you weigh up the costs of a drain inspection against the fees you may be charged as a result of corroded, blocked or illegally joined pipes, it’s clear that getting an inspection is a good idea. With this in mind, the answer is yes - homeowners certainly should have a drain inspection carried out before investing in a new property. If you’re looking for a reliable company to carry out a comprehensive CCTV drain survey on a home you’re purchasing or currently own, look no further than Drainage Consultants.

We’re based in Greater Manchester but are proud to offer our services nationwide, including cities such as Bristol, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Reading and Sunderland. If you’re in need of drainage specialists in the UK, we’ve got the solution for you. We’re proud to specialise in a whole range of services, including drain unblocking, repair and maintenance solutions, drain cleaning services and much more to domestic and commercial clients at highly affordable rates. We understand just how important it is to rely on your drainage system, so we’ll go above and beyond to resolve any issues you may be having quickly and efficiently.


For more information about our range of services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Drainage Consultants today.

Investing in a drain mapping survey before buying a property - also known as a pre-purchase drain survey - is an excellent way to ensure that your new home is worth the money you’re paying. A drain survey will identify issues within the drainage system, such as blockages, fractures, collapsed pipes, displaced joints, root intrusion and leaks, so that you can either get them repaired or pull out of the sale.

Here are five reasons to opt for a pre-purchase drain survey when buying a new home.

It’s simply good practice

Whilst period properties are more likely to have drainage issues, it’s simply good practice to invest in a professional drain mapping service whatever the age of the property. Also, if an area has been or is prone to flooding, subsidence is more likely and the drains could’ve moved. No matter the age or location of your property, a drain survey will give you the peace of mind you’re after.

A thorough drain inspection

Whilst you’ve probably already considered or even arranged a building survey, it’s important to remember that a standard building survey won’t evaluate your new drains as extensively. A building surveyor will simply lift the drain covers and inspect the manhole, whilst an expert drain contractor will use specialist equipment (including CCTV cameras) teamed with drainage expertise to thoroughly check the drain.

Detailed results

Your building survey may only briefly mention the condition of your drains, whilst a specialist drain survey will give a detailed review. Using the results gathered from CCTV footage, you’ll receive a full drain mapping report and also be given information about who is responsible for different parts of the drain. Some companies will give recommendations for remedial work and estimate the costs too.

Avoid any nasty surprises

As you know, buying a property is expensive and keeping costs down where possible is always top of the list. If you move into your new home only to find issues with your drains, you may have to pay for major remedial work which could be a shock to your bank balance. However, with a pre-purchase report, you’ll find out about any problems early on, enabling you to negotiate the price of the property or even dodge a bullet and pull out of the sale all together.

Prepare for renovation work

If you want to add extensions to your new place in future, it helps to give your architects and construction team a detailed plan of the property’s drainage. Unfortunately, not all properties have accurate existing plans, so yours may be the first. A new survey will be valid for up to five years and can be kept as a historical record; vital information if you plan to update the building!

If you’re moving home anytime soon and you’re looking for an accurate and detailed drain mapping survey, choose Drainage Consultants today. We offer an extensive range of trusted drain services, from CCTV surveys to cleaning and repairs, so get in touch with us today for a drain service you can rely on.

If you run a large commercial business, drain maintenance is an extremely important part of keeping your premises up and running. As systems that function seamlessly on more or less a daily basis, many of us only seek the help of professionals when a major problem crops up, however, regular cleaning and maintenance is the best way to keep such issues at bay, ensuring your business continues to operate as it should.

Still not convinced? Below, we outline why drain maintenance is essential to the success of your business.

No downtime

Whether you run a small office or a large business in the hospitality industry, a severe drain blockage is likely to disrupt the day-to-day running of your operation, resulting in costly downtime for your business. However, having your drains checked and cleaned regularly will minimise the likelihood of problems cropping up unexpectedly, ensuring your business continues to boom.

Saving money

Whilst having your drains serviced regularly may seem like an unnecessary expenditure, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Significant drainage issues are likely to be extremely costly to repair, so why not save your business money and opt for regular maintenance? This is bound to be cheaper than forking out for expensive repair work, making it a much more cost-effective approach to keeping your drains operating at peak efficiency.

Extending lifespan

As with many things, drains can fall apart if they’re not properly maintained. Pipe decay can cause systems to wear extremely quickly and again, this could result in costly repairs or replacements. So, to ensure your drainage system stands the test of time, periodic checks and cleaning is essential.

Minimising environmental impact

At a time when it’s more important than ever to be environmentally conscious, anything we can do to minimise our impact on the planet is essential. In addition to being costly to repair and generally inconvenient, a blocked or damaged drain could have serious environmental ramifications. With this in mind, a diligent approach to drain cleaning is needed to prevent pollution and protect both us and the world around us.

If you’re looking for drain maintenance services in Manchester, look no further than Drainage Consultants Limited. In addition to offering emergency drain clearance 24/7, we can also set up a maintenance contract to protect your business from unforeseen disruption. We’ll come to your premises at a time that suits you and we can plan your contract around yours and your business’s specific requirements.

To discuss your needs with a member of our team, contact us today and we’ll arrange a drain maintenance schedule that suits you.

Selling your property and moving into a brand new home is an extremely exciting venture. It marks a new chapter in your life and makes way for tons of opportunities, however, finding a buyer is not always a straightforward process.

A property is a significant investment and it’s not one that many make lightly. With this in mind, it’s likely you’ll have a fair few viewings before someone decides to take the plunge and buy- but what can you do to speed up the process? Below, we explore just a few ways you can make your home more appealing to potential buyers, allowing you to sell up with ease and start afresh in a brand new abode.

Declutter

Rather than waiting until your property has sold to do a big clear out, it’s advisable to make a start before viewings begin. After all, buyers need to be able to visualise themselves in your home and clearing away any excess clutter will allow them to freely imagine what they would do with the space. Additionally, getting a head start on the moving out process will ensure there’s much less to do when moving day eventually does come around- win-win!

Deep clean

When it comes to purchasing property, first impressions matter. A viewing is the one chance you have to impress potential buyers, so ensure to make it count. From cleaning inside your oven to descaling your bathtub, it’s important that every nook and cranny is completely spotless and this can either be done by you or a professional cleaner.

Spruce up your front garden

As the first part of your property that buyers will see, it’s essential to make your front garden look presentable. Many people will judge a property purely based on its kerb appeal and with this in mind, maintaining the exterior is just as important as sprucing up the interior. Perhaps your garden path is missing some tiles, or maybe your garage door needs a bit of TLC. Whatever state the front of your home is in, it’s always worth giving it a once-over to guarantee your property makes a positive impact from the get-go.

Fix any glaring issues

If there are certain aspects of your home that require repair or replacement, now is the time to organise this. From leaking taps to squeaky doors, there are tons of things that could deter a potential buyer from investing in your home, including dysfunctional drains. In addition to creating unpleasant smells, a blocked drain can lead to small leaks and even flooding, so it’s essential to get this sorted sooner rather than later to ensure your sale can go ahead as planned.

At Drainage Consultants Limited, our operatives are all trained and equipped to get to the root of any drainage problem quickly and we are fully insured and accredited. Contact us today for more information and make your property sale-ready with Drainage Consultants Limited.

As a business owner, two of your main priorities are likely to be safety and success. In addition to protecting the well-being of both employees and clients, you’ll also want to do everything in your power to make your business profitable, however, this is not something that can be done single-handedly.

From painters and decorators to cleaners and plumbers, many different contractors need to be hired to ensure a commercial building is fit for purpose- but which services will you continue to use on a regular basis?

Below, we’ve made a list of four maintenance services you should hire periodically to ensure your business continues to be both safe and successful.

Electrical maintenance

In addition to ensuring the electrical equipment on your commercial premises is all in working order, having appliances tested regularly will guarantee any issues are nipped in the bud before they become bigger problems. An electrical fault could result in costly downtime for your business, or it could even lead to an electrical fire. So, in order to ensure your employees are safe and your business continues to thrive, electrical appliances should be checked out by a qualified electrician every few years at the very least.

Pest control

From rats and mice to ants and flies, an infestation of pests can be extremely problematic for businesses- especially those in the hospitality industry. Whether you’ve noticed pests lurking on your premises or you’d simply like to put some preventative measures in place as a precaution, there are companies you can hire to ensure your commercial property is pest-free all year round.

Heating and boiler maintenance

As a general rule, boilers should be serviced on an annual basis and this goes for both commercial and domestic systems. In addition to ensuring your property stays toasty during the colder months, having your boiler checked by a Gas Safe engineer regularly will guarantee your system is not posing a risk to you and your employees and, in the case that issues are identified, these can be rectified promptly.

Drainage maintenance

From unpleasant odours to water damage, a blocked or leaking drain could be extremely detrimental to your business and with this in mind, it’s essential to set up a contract with drainage experts.

At Drainage Consultants Limited, we offer to visit your premises at a time that suits you in order to clean and maintain your drainage systems. We can also produce comprehensive reports following a maintenance visit and, in the event that a problem is uncovered, we’ll carry out repairs quickly and efficiently. For more information about the services we provide, contact us today.

If you own or work in a commercial building such as an office, warehouse or retail store, then you’ll know how important it is to keep things running smoothly for everyone who lives or works in the building.

Any issues with your plumbing or drains can be extremely invconvenient, especially if you work in a large property which makes it difficult to identify the source of the problem. Luckily, professional drainage consultants can make things much easier by performing a drain survey; using camera or CCTV technology, drain camera services can identify the cause before it escalates. If you want to know more about drain camera services, the type of situations they’re used in and how they can help your business, see our guide below.

What is a drain camera service?

Drain camera services can refer to several different things; from a CCTV survey to damage assessment or drain mapping. We will discuss these in more detail later on, but all of the above use specialised cameras to send a live video feed of the pipes back to workers above ground.

Using cameras is a quick and efficient way to look at a building’s plumbing system, without the need to pull up floorboards or interfere too much with the building’s structure.

How are they used?

As stated, a drain camera can be used for several different things, although it is usually to identify and diagnose any problems if you think there may be a blockage or damage somewhere in the plumbing system. We will discuss the uses of drain cameras in more detail below.

CCTV drain surveys

A CCTV drain survey provides a professional, thorough inspection of your plumbing system and pipes, both above and below ground. They can be requested at any time, although usually if there is a suspected blockage or when a property is changing hands.

Highly flexible cameras are inserted into the drain, which are able to bend round corners and thoroughly examine pipes of all widths, from 50mm to 900mm in diameter. A live feed is fed via video link to the drain contractors, who then provide a detailed report (and sometimes accompanying DVD) showing the condition of your drains.

A report is able to provide information about the pipework’s condition, any defects, leaks or blockages, the location of drainage runs and in depth details of all manhole covers and their pipe connections.

To identify blockages

One of the main reasons businesses request drain camera services is to identify any drain blockages which have the potential to cause a lot of damage if left unchecked. If sinks or lavatories have been draining slowly, not flushing correctly or backing up with water then it’s very likely that you have a blockage that needs addressing. Poorly functioning plumbing can be highly inconvenient for any building, but especially if you work in a large building with a lot of employees.

Drain cameras can quickly and effectively find the source of the clog, without having to use invasive methods. A drainage company can then advise you on the best course of action, depending on the location and size of the blockage.

Drain mapping

A drain mapping survey is used to identify the pipework system, and it’s an essential step to carry out before any building project can go ahead. Many older buildings do not have existing or up to date blueprints of their pipe and drainage system, but it’s essential to know the position of all sewer pipes to make sure they aren’t damaged during construction work.

Drain mapping uses CCTV cameras to provide a detailed and comprehensive map of the drainage system, plus information such as pipe sizes, depth levels, manhole locations and wastewater flow directions. The drain mapping cost is more than worth it compared to the cost of repairing any damage to pipes or the drainage infrastructure, so it’s vital to update the information before carrying out any construction on your commercial building.

To find a lost item

Dropping a wedding ring or any other expensive or sentimental item down a drain can be devastating, but there are ways to retrieve the item before it’s too late. A drain camera can help plumbers to locate the item and decide how to get it back while causing the least disruption.

It’s not practical to begin excavating walls or checking whole lengths of pipes, especially in a commercial building, but a drain camera can pinpoint where the item is quickly and easy. Many drain companies also provide 24 hour emergency callouts, invaluable when you might need to hold off from flushing or running water to prevent the item being washed away.

Identifying a leak

Leaks aren’t immediately obvious in a large building, but if you’ve noticed higher water bills, a musty smell or damp patches, then it’s best to investigate as soon as possible. In an office block or multi storey building, it could be virtually impossible to identify the source of the leak yourself, but a drain camera will be able to locate it easily.

Leaks can cause extensive structural damage if not repaired quickly, as well as attracting the growth of mould or damaging electrical equipment, so it’s vital to call out a plumber or drain contractor as soon as possible.

Buying a new building

A thorough inspection of any building is a good idea before you buy, and especially if it’s going to be used for commercial purposes. It’s a good idea to carry out a general structural survey before buying a building, but some aren’t detailed enough to include the drainage system. Drain camera services can inspect the interior pipes and find out exactly what condition they’re in before you make a purchase; some mortgage companies and banks even insist on one being carried out before buying a large or expensive property.

A drain survey prior to purchase can save thousands of pounds in the long run, and help you identify any issues before you spend money on costly repairs and maintenance.

Remodelling a building

As mentioned above, drain mapping is essential if you’re thinking of carrying out building or construction work on an existing building. Having a blueprint of where all pipes are located can help enormously when remodelling a building, especially if you’re building straight onto the building’s foundation. Again, this can save a lot of money in the long run as you won’t run the risk of bursting or damaging any existing pipes.

Sonar drain tracing

This can be used in conjunction with CCTV drain cameras, and involves transmitting electrical pulses via specialist equipment to investigate underground. It gives an even more accurate picture of underground drain networks, including concealed manholes and collapsed pipes. Sonar drain tracing is often used alongside drain cameras if the job is particularly delicate or if one wrong move with a camera could cause further damage.

If you’re in need of professional drain camera services for your commercial building, get in touch with Drainage Consultants Limited. We can provide a full range of services, including CCTV drain surveys, drain mapping and sonar drain tracing, as well as drain cleaning and repairs. Whether you need an accurate survey before buying a new property or emergency drain clearance, we have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of drainage. For more information about our services or to discuss your needs, give us a call or visit our website.

Drain and plumbing systems are essential to keep our homes and businesses sanitary, and running in as smooth a condition as possible. Most people know how unpleasant it can be if your sink or lavatory becomes blocked, so it’s necessary to sort out any drain problems as soon as they occur. There are several warning signs that your drains need to be cleared, but luckily most issues can be dealt with quickly by the professionals. From CCTV technology to power jets and drain snakes, there are many ways that drain experts can clear your system for you. To find out more about signs that your drains needs to be cleared, and how this can be done, read on.

Why is drain clearance important?

As mentioned above, drainage systems are vital for keeping buildings sanitary, and ensuring we have access to clean and hot running water. A working plumbing system ensures your home is a safe, sanitary and comfortable place to live, and wastewater needs a system to safely drain it away from buildings and pipes to avoid causing damage.

A clog or buildup of organic matter in your drains can lead to more serious problems such as burst pipes or erosion of plumbing pipes and fixtures. It’s important to clear these blocks or clogs before any permanent damage occurs, and to keep your home and health safe.

Signs you’re in need of drain clearance

In a lot of cases, it’s pretty obvious to tell when you have a blocked drain, but sometimes it’s impossible to know the extent of the blockage, or where it’s located in your pipes. From slow draining to unpleasant smells, see below for the most common warning signs which indicate you need professional drain clearance.

Slow drainage

This is often the first thing you’ll notice if you have a blocked drain somewhere in the system; water that takes an unusually long time to drain down the plughole is a sure sign that there’s a clog somewhere. Water has to filter through or around the blockage, causing sluggish drainage which can be frustrating.

Slow drainage can happen anywhere; from your kitchen sink to the bath or shower. Slow drainage in your bathroom is most commonly caused by a buildup of hair or soap scum in the pipes, or an excess of grease and food waste if you’re having slow drainage problems in your kitchen sink.

Pooled water

If a blockage is particularly severe, then water may not drain away at all (or at least very slowly), so if you see pools of water in the sink, shower or bath, there will be a clog present. If only one fixture is pooling water then the blockage is likely to be localised in one specific pipe, but if you notice more than one fixture with pooled water then the blockage could be in the sewer drain.

Flushing your lavatory can also give an idea of the extent of the blockage; if flushing causes water to gurgle out of plugholes in your sink or shower, there will definitely be a block somewhere in the system.

Unpleasant smells

A bad drain smell is not only unpleasant, but also an indication of a more serious drain problem. The most common cause of a bad drain smell is when food debris builds up and blocks the pipes; it then begins to decompose which can smell very unpleasant indeed! If you’ve eliminated all other possible sources (fridge or rubbish bins for example), or if the smell gets worse when the taps are turned on, you’ll have a drain blockage that needs addressing.

Gurgling noises

This is often one of the earliest warning signs that your drain has a mild blockage, or that one is building up, so unusual noises shouldn’t be ignored. A gurgling noise indicates that air is trapped somewhere in the pipe system, which escapes slowly when water is run. If the pipes were clear, then water would be able to drain away quietly with no issues.

Low water pressure

A good level of water pressure is essential to ensure that all wastewater is flushed out of your pipes efficiently. If your water is running slowly from the taps, has a weak stream or splutters when you turn the faucet on, this could indicate low water pressure. As well as being irritating and time consuming, low water pressure can indicate that there is a blockage somewhere preventing the water from flowing out efficiently.

It can also be a sign of a serious problem like a broken or collapsed drain pipe, so it’s vital to call a drainage specialist as soon as possible.

Drain clearance methods

If you’ve noticed any of the drain problems above, naturally you’ll want to clear the blockage as soon as possible and get your plumbing system functioning normally again. For very minor blockages, you may be able to try a home clearance method, but in the majority of cases it’s always best to call a professional to be on the safe side. Below we will explore some of the most common and effective drain cleaning services available.

Drain snakes

This drain clearance tool is made from a long piece of coiled wire with a handle on one end. You can pick them up easily from many DIY or hardware stores, but drain clearance professionals tend to use motorised models which are much more effective. The end of the snake is inserted into the plughole nearest to the blockage, and the length of wire then works like a corkscrew; boring into the clog and breaking it up as it spins round.

The clog can either be broken up entirely and then the remaining debris is easily flushed through the pipes, or the snake can be pulled through the plughole, drawing the blockage up with it.

Hydro jets

If a snake hasn’t been effective or the blockage is particularly large, powerful high-pressure hydro jets can be employed to do the trick. Hot, high-pressure water is pumped into the drain via a hose, effectively blasting the blockage apart and flushing it through the pipes at the same time. Hydro jets are particularly useful when it comes to clearing clogs caused by fat, oil or grease, which might be resistant to other drain clearance methods.

Chemical products

Some unblocking chemicals can be bought in supermarkets to use at home, but professional-strength chemicals might be needed if the blockage is stubborn. These should only be used by trained drain specialists, as the chemicals can be very strong and contain powerful ingredients like sulphuric acid.

Chemical drain cleaners work by causing organic matter clogging the pipes to become oxidized; this then releases gas and heat which dissolves the blockage and allows it to be flushed safely through the drains.

CCTV surveys

Before a blockage can be cleared, drain companies might need to carry out a drain survey to determine exactly where the clog is in the pipe system. High-tech CCTV cameras are inserted into your drains on the end of a fibre optic cable, this live feed is then relayed back to the drain cleaners so they can get a good idea of where the problem lies. Drain CCTV surveys can also be carried out after a drain clearance service has been performed, to make sure the blockage has been efficiently cleared.

If you’re in need of a CCTV drain survey or specialist drain clearance services, get in touch with Drainage Consultants Limited today. As specialised drain contractors, our professional team has all the skills and experience needed to carry out a range of drain repairs, drain mapping, drainage investigation and more. We can also offer emergency drain clearance 24 hours a day, so if you’ve got a drain issue you can be sure you’re in safe hands. For more information about our services, give us a call or visit the website.

Drain related issues can be some of the most frustrating and most time consuming to deal with. While a clogged drain can’t always be prevented, it’s important to ensure that you’re doing everything in your power to avoid it where possible. Here are five simple tips help prevent some common drainage problems:

  1. Don’t pour fats and oils down your drains

The grease associated with fats and oils can get congealed and stick to your pipe walls. These can quickly clog your drains as other types of waste becomes attached to the sticky substance. Avoid these by simply pouring any fats and oils into your food waste caddy. You can also purchase a fat trap, which is a disposable container that you can pour any waste oils and fats into.

  1. Get mesh or plug screens installed to avoid blockage due to hair

A major cause of drain blockage is the build-up of hair clogging up your pipes. The good news is this can easily be avoided. Mesh or plug screens can be placed over to trap the hair before it goes down the drain. These are low cost and also easy enough to remove and clean regularly. This is particularly vital for shower drains, but can also be extremely useful to catch food waste in kitchen drains.

  1. Have a separate bin dedicated to food waste

A food waste bin is an absolute necessity to avoid drain blockage. No matter how small or harmless looking a food item is, it’s not a good idea to dispose of any solids down your liquid sinks. Even rice and ground coffee beans can clog your pipes. Invest in a small green caddy bin to get rid of all your food waste in and you’re much less likely to have to call in drainage experts.

  1. Maintain and clean your drains regularly

At-home drain maintenance should be a regular part of domestic cleaning. It is actually a lot simpler to keep your drains cleaner than you may think. All you need are a couple of product that you’re already likely to have in your cupboard. Use a handful of baking soda and a cup of hot water to loosen up any fats and waste building up in your drain. Alternatively, you can use a cup of vinegar to dislodge potential build-up.

  1. Make sure you’re disposing of all your products in the right place

It’s surprising how many people don’t read a product’s packaging to ensure that they’re disposing of it in the right place. For instance, wet wipes are one of the main causes of clogged up toilets although their packaging clearly states that they should not be flushed.

Avoid any such issues by taking a moment to read any labels which state the correct method of disposal. This is crucial for any items made of fibrous materials as well as any potentially harmful chemical based products.

It’s clear to see that most drain problems can easily be avoided. But if you do come across any issues, get in touch with our experienced team of drainage consultants in Manchester by giving us a call on 0845 226 5060.

If you can smell a noxious odour in your home the chances are it’s coming from a blocked drain.  The smell is a gas called hydrogen sulphide, otherwise known as ‘sewer’ gas, and is often produced by the breakdown of waste material. Not only is it extremely unpleasant it also contains methane and bacteria which can be dangerous to your health. Symptoms may include headaches, irritation to your eyes, nausea, or dizziness. Sounds nasty! That’s because it is -

DO NOT IGNORE blocked smelly drains!   Flushing bleach down drains and using bicarbonate of soda may just mask an underlying issue. While it may be a minor issue, such as a dried or cracked seal within the drain system, it could also be a bigger problem such as a broken sewer or vent pack. Unless investigated with a drain survey the root cause may not be uncovered – until it’s too late.

If the smell doesn’t go away, then it’s time to call in the experts and arrange a CCTV drain survey.

CCTV drain surveys that are guaranteed.

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Diagnosis doesn’t have to be problematic with our CCTV drain survey

At Drainage Consultants we offer comprehensive services to ensure that those worst-case scenarios don’t happen. Your home is your sanctuary and it shouldn’t be making you sick.  Give us a call today to discuss ‘prevention’ and our CCTV drain survey service. Our office staff and engineers all have years of experience and will be able to answer all your queries, helping put your mind at rest.

Did you know Soap can cause blockages!

Traditional soap bars are made with grease or fat and when combined with minerals in your water they leave a hard residue.  This hard residue can stain bath fittings and clog pipes.

TIP – change to a soap free body / face wash, and treat your pipes to a pressure wash clean to remove build up.

Drainage Consultants are based in Manchester and ideally located to give 24-hour / 7 day a week nationwide rapid response support. We are a leading specialist contractor, handling all aspects of drain repairs and CCTV drain surveys, along with all water supply works and public sewer connections.  Our team are highly skilled, and we operate to guidelines set by industry regulators. Check out our industry accreditations.

Contact Drainage Consultants

Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
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Email us at:enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk
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A blocked drain isn’t initially a major problem. Quite often a good DIY ‘plunge’ will resolve the issue at hand.  Great stuff! No need to call out the experts and spend money!  We hear you loud and clear. We’re not trying to scare-monger, but you should consider that it may be the start of a more serious under-lying issue. Especially if the problem is recurring.

At Drainage Consultants we really are looking at prevention being better than the cure!  We offer extensive drain surveys at cost-effective prices, using our CCTV drain survey technology.

IT’S NOT EXPENSIVE – Call us today for a CCTV drain survey quote

There we said it. Our fees are affordable and will give you peace of mind that everything is OK. If you contact our office our fully trained staff will be happy to discuss the drain survey procedure with you in as much detail as you need, advising on price and the availability for our engineers to attend your home.

WHAT DO WE DO?

We provide a comprehensive drain survey. Our CCTV drain surveys are quick, accurate and non-invasive – no holes to dig and no disruption.  One of our engineers will attend site and use fibreoptic lens technology to carry out the CCTV drain survey. He will be able to view and assess what’s happening in real time, giving you professional and reliable advice on what steps need to be taken – if any!

The images are high definition and give exact information, allowing us to identify current and potential problems you may face. On completion you will be given a comprehensive and guaranteed CCTV Drain Survey Report.

TIP OF THE WEEK – Bathroom drain smell removed simply

Pour approx. 50 gms of baking soda into the drain and then pour in approx. 240 mls of white vinegar. Let this sit for 2 hours with the bathroom door closed.

Then pour around 6 pints of hot water down the drain. Leave for 15 – 20 minutes then run cold water for around 10 minutes to rinse thoroughly.

Note: if the smell recurs then you should consider getting in touch to discuss having a CCTV drain survey carried out.

It is always prudent to act on recurring issues in a proactive way. It can mean the difference between a small repair needing rectifying, to a more costly and disruptive repair further down the line!

At Drainage Consultants we offer comprehensive services - guaranteed

Give us a call today to discuss our CCTV drain survey service.

T – 0845 226 5060

Why chose Drainage Consultants for your CCTV Drain Survey?

CCTV drain surveys carried out by Drainage Consultants are undertaken by fully NRSWA accredited drainage specialists, ensuring accurate diagnosis.

CCTV drain surveys that are guaranteed.

Contact us TODAY – 0845 226 5060

Drainage Consultants are based in Manchester and ideally located to give 24-hour 7 day a week nationwide rapid response support. We offer a fast, discrete and professional service. Our team are highly skilled, and we operate to guidelines set by industry regulators. Check out our industry accreditations.   Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Contact Drainage Consultants

Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
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Email us at:

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Here at Drainage Consultants, we take pride in our work but we also take pride in the positive reviews our clients have to say about us.

We are a local, trusted 5 star Drainage contractor based in Stockport, covering the North West. Take a look at our reviews on Google!

For more information please call us on
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If you see water that isn’t draining away by your home or commercial property, DO NOT ignore it. Most people think that the water will evaporate, or eventually drain away, and whatever the blockage was will clear itself.  This isn’t the case!  Drains do not fix themselves.

If water has risen to the surface this means that there is around 2ft of stagnant water sitting underneath the actual drain area. It’s important to get this investigated and resolved immediately.

Recurring drainage issues would lead us to believe that there is an underlying issue that needs resolving. This is why we advise our clients to look at having a CCTV drain survey carried out.

What will a CCTV drain survey uncover?

A CCTV drain survey is used to uncover all aspects of drainage issues, including: -

  • Joint displacement in pipes and drains
  • Tree root damage
  • Clogged or broken / damaged pipes
  • Problems with shared drains
  • Connecting pipework damage
  • Weaknesses and cracks that may cause problems in the future

How does it work?

At Drainage Consultants we use a fibreoptic video line, which we feed into the drains / sewer pipes. We can then assess the areas close up.  We can check the condition of the pipes and as we can get ‘up close and personal’ using the CCTV drain survey camera, we can see quite clearly the problems and any underlying damage or cracks which may cause problems in the future.

Why chose Drainage Consultants for your CCTV drain survey?

All our staff are fully trained and are fully NRSWA accredited drainage specialists. We guarantee an accurate diagnosis with a detailed report and video evidence, along with our recommendations.

CCTV drain surveys that are guaranteed.

Contact us TODAY – 0845 226 5060

Drainage Consultants are based in Manchester and ideally located to give 24-hour nationwide rapid response support. We are a leading specialist contractor, handling all aspects of drain repairs, CCTV drain surveys, water supply works and public sewer connections.  Our team are highly skilled, and we operate to guidelines set by industry regulators. Check out our industry accreditations.

Contact Drainage Consultants

Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
(All calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes)

Email us at:

enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk
sales@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

In older homes the likelihood is that piping systems may well have degraded, sometimes to the point of leaking or corrosion. It’s at this stage that you will notice issues and will most likely suffer from burst pipes, floods and in some cases severe damage to your property and personal possessions.

In virtually all cases home owners may not consider where their water supply comes from, or where it goes – until there’s a problem! We take all of this for granted.

A drain survey would enable you to ensure that the pipes and connections to your home are in good condition, with no underlying issues looming.  Why take the risk of something going wrong?

It’s expensive!

Well no actually - it isn’t!  Drain surveys are cost effective and we think you’ll be surprised at the fees.

Give us a call today T. 0845 226 5060 for a no obligation quote

It’s disruptive!

Again, no it isn’t! – it’s the most cost-effective and least disruptive way to obtain accurate information on the condition of your pipes. From start to finish the drain survey is quick and efficient, using our CCTV drain survey camera’s and highly trained staff. There are no holes to dig! We use a fibreoptic lens inserted into the drains allowing us to view the damage via video link.

CCTV Drain Survey Reports

After completing the drain survey, we will provide you with a drain survey report, detailing exactly what the problems are -if any, and our recommendations.  All our drain survey reports are carried out by our fully NRSWA accredited drainage specialists.

Our expert fully trained staff are on hand 24/7 nationwide to help prevent and resolve all your drainage issues. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Call to discuss pricing options on T. 0845 226 5060

CCTV drain surveys that are guaranteed.

Contact us TODAY – 0845 226 5060

Drainage Consultants are based in Manchester and ideally located to give 24-hour nationwide rapid response support. We are a leading specialist contractor, handling all aspects of drain repairs and carrying out comprehensive CCTV drain survey reports. We have extensive knowledge and experience in all water supply works and public sewer connections.  Our team are highly skilled, and we operate to guidelines set by industry regulators. Check out our industry accreditations.

Contact Drainage Consultants

Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
(All calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes)

Email us at:

enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk
sales@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

We’re pretty sure that you won’t give a thought to the drains and sewer connections linked to your home until there’s a problem. Why would you, until something goes wrong?  We thought we should point out why you should be aware of what’s going on underneath your home and driveways, what responsibility you have and the benefits of doing so.

Drains, pipes and sewers are hidden from view inside homes, under foundations and driveways. It’s a good idea to ensure you understand your responsibility for their maintenance – neglect them and it could be costly.

Home Owners Responsibility –

  • All the gutters, pipes and drains in and around your home
  • The drains and pipes from your property (often underground) to your boundary wall.

If you are unsure call us on: 0845 226 5060.

CCTV Survey with Drainage Consultants.

A CCTV drain survey is a great and cost-effective way for us to locate and assess your drains.  We use a fibreoptic video line that we feed into the drains – giving us video footage that we can assess on site. It enables us to see the drains and sewer pipes up close, which allows us to assess any damage, underlying issues or decay which may cause future problems.

Our CCTV drain surveys are recorded and backed up onto DVD.

Benefits of maintaining drains and pipes, and carrying out a CCTV Drain Survey

 

  • If you are dealing with an insurance claim having the CCTV drain survey on DVD can provide information to assist with a claim.
  • If you are selling your home a CCTV drain survey report can add supporting evidence that everything underground relating to pipes / drains / sewers has been inspected and is in good order.
  • If you are having recurring issues with blocked drains then a CCTV drain survey will allow us to carry out a full and detailed investigation, after which a long-term solution can be carried out.

Drainage Consultants offer 24/7 rapid response to ensure that any issues are resolved quickly, with the least damage possible, and with no fuss.  Our CCTV Drain Survey will give you immediate answers to allow a quick solution.

Drainage Consultants Specialise in:

  • Drain cleaning
  • CCTV drain survey
  • Drain rehabilitation
  • Drain mapping
  • Drain repairs
  • Sonar drain tracing

CCTV drain survey technology is safe and will not pose any threat to your environment or your property.

Contact us TODAY – 0845 226 5060

All our CCTV drain surveys are guaranteed and carried out by fully NRSWA accredited drainage specialists, ensuring accurate diagnosis. You will also receive relevant information for our IS-14001 family environmental certification.

Drainage Consultants are based in Manchester and offer 24-hour nationwide rapid response support. We are a leading specialist contractor, handing all aspects of drain repairs, CCTV drain surveys, water supply works and public sewer connections.  Our team are highly skilled, and we operate to guidelines set by industry regulators. Check out our industry accreditations

Contact Drainage Consultants

Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
(All calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes)

Email us at:

enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk
sales@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

Drainage Consultants are the experts to call for all your drainage and public sewer connection requirements. We pride ourselves on our quality of service, and our staff are fully qualified to industry standards.

What is a public sewer connection?

In general, all towns, cities and surrounding areas will be connected on a sewer system. The public sewer connection is there to ensure that all waste or surface water can be channelled away from a property safely and effectively. These are generally maintained by the local water company. If homes or businesses are outside a serviced area, then a septic tank system will be in place to handle waste water.

The connection from a domestic or commercial property must comply to the Water Industry Act by official application. This is where Drainage Consultants can assist. We can assess your individual circumstances and ensure that the correct public sewer connection is installed, subject to your location and the local sewer connection.

CALL TODAY on 0845 226 5060

Building restrictions do apply when the proposed building or extension is close to a public sewer connection. So, it is important to ensure that plans for new developments are thoroughly researched. Again, give us a call and speak to one of our qualified and experienced members of staff who will ensure that everything is as it should be. We can also help complete the application form!

The demand for public sewer connections has grown in recent years due to the housing and commercial sector growth. At Drainage Consultants we provide a cost-effective, timely and hassle free public sewer connections service throughout the UK. No job is too big or too small. We offer concise expert advice that you can rely on.

We specialise is all aspect of drainage solutions and have experience in all types of public sewer connection methods, from oblique junction, to Y-piece to brick sewers. Our trained staff are on hand to discuss your requirements and ensure that you get the best possible advice.

At Drainage Consultants we provide a satisfaction guaranteed service.  We are ideally located to support and service nationwide and offer a 24/7 service. In your hour of need we’ll be on hand to support you.

For all your public sewer connection requirements – from inspection, installation to repairs - then call us.

Tel: 0845 226 5060

Quality advice, service and repairs you can rely on.

 Get in touch with us today to discuss how we can support you.

Tel – 0845 226 5060

Do you have a recurring drainage problem? You’ve called out the ‘expert’ and had the blocked drain unblocked, only to find out a few weeks later the problem has reoccurred. Sound familiar?

It’s a story we hear often and one that doesn’t have to happen. At Drainage Consultants we don’t just rush in, resolve the issue and leave. We offer a comprehensive CCTV Drain Survey. So, what does this mean to you, the property owner?

A recurring blockage will more than likely have an underlying issue. With our latest CCTV drain survey technology we can investigate the problem and find out why the issue keeps arising. Once we have pinpointed this we can look to rectify it. CCTV drain survey technology is fast and cost effective. It’s a great way to inspect drains and sewers.

It is always prudent to act on recurring issues in a proactive way. It can mean the difference between a small repair needing rectifying, to a more costly and disruptive repair further down the line!

At Drainage Consultants we offer comprehensive services - guaranteed
Give us a call today to discuss our CCTV drain survey service.
T – 0845 226 5060

CCTV Drain Survey ~ minimal disruption

Our fully trained engineers do not need to manually dig and open areas to investigate problems. The CCTV drain survey camera system is fed into the drains and images are generated to our mobile devices allowing us to see immediately what is happening. The images are high definition and give exact information, allowing us to identify current and potential problems you may face.

On completion you will be given a comprehensive and guaranteed CCTV Drain Survey Report.

Our expert fully trained staff are on hand 24/7 nationwide to help prevent and resolve all your drainage issues. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Call to discuss pricing options on T. 0845 226 5060

CCTV drain surveys carried out by Drainage Consultants are undertaken by fully NRSWA accredited drainage specialists, ensuring accurate diagnosis.
CCTV drain surveys that are guaranteed.

Contact us TODAY – 0845 226 5060

Drainage Consultants are based in Manchester and ideally located to give 24-hour nationwide rapid response support. We offer a fast, discrete and professional service. Our team are highly skilled, and we operate to guidelines set by industry regulators. Check out our industry accreditations.

Contact Drainage Consultants
Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
(All calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes)
Email us at:
enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk
sales@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

A petrol interceptor is designed to trap and filter hydrocarbon pollutants, normally found in rainwater and other types of run-offs.  If petrol interceptor cleaning and maintenance isn’t carried out on a regular basis it will lead to overspills and flooding, with pollutants entering the environment. This will cause significant damage to the environment, and these breaches can mean prosecution, hefty fines and huge clean-up costs.

Oil and petrol interceptors are commonly found at car parks, petrol stations, lorry depots and airports etc. Their purpose is to stop contaminated water from running off the forecourts and into the environment.  They can also be found at road sides and other types of construction sites.

How to Maintain an Oil and Petrol Interceptor 

A primary maintenance task is to ensure that the channel drain remains clear of all debris. Oil and petrol will also accumulate on the surface of the channel drain and this must be removed to ensure that the interceptors are working to maximum potential.  A comprehensive maintenance package is important to reduce the risk of flooding and contamination.

Petrol Interceptor Cleaning! It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it!

 CALL US TODAY FOR ADVICE YOU CAN RELY ON. SERVICE YOU CAN TRUST.

TEL : 0845 226 5060

This is where Drainage Consultants come in. Our petrol interceptor cleaning and maintenance contracts are designed to ensure that all our clients receive the very best advice and service. All our staff are fully trained to the highest standard, including SPA safety.

Our fleet of vacuumation tankers are state of the art. In a standard petrol interceptor there are three tanks, and this is where debris and silt can accumulate. During the petrol interceptor cleaning process, it is important that care is taken to ensure that any contaminates do not get released into the environment.

Drainage Consultants Ltd offer a comprehensive and guaranteed service for all your petrol interceptor cleaning and maintenance solutions - Nationwide.

NOTE : The Environment Agency regulations and guidelines are enforced stringently, so if you’re in any doubt call us for expert advice. T. 0845 226 5060.

Ensure you carry out regular petrol interceptor cleaning and maintenance with the best contractors: Drainage Consultants

Drains and public sewer connections become clogged and blocked over the course of time.  Needless to say, when the blockage happens an urgent response and solution is necessary. That’s why the team at Drainage Consultants offer 24/7 rapid response to ensure that the issue is resolved quickly, with the least damage possible, and with no fuss.

Drainage Consultants are based in Manchester and ideally located to give 24-hour nationwide rapid response support. We are a leading specialist contractor, handing all aspects of drain repairs, CCTV drain surveys, water supply works and public sewer connections.  Our team are highly skilled, and we operate to guidelines set by industry regulators. Check out our industry accreditations.

Specialising in:

  • Drain cleaning
  • CCTV drain survey
  • Drain rehabilitation
  • Drain mapping
  • Drain repairs
  • Sonar drain tracing

What is a CCTV Drain Survey Process?

This is a fibreoptic video line that is fed into the drain or sewer pipes, allowing us to video close-up areas that would otherwise need to be dug up to get to. It allows us to check the condition of the pipework and assess any underlying issues.  We can view the footage in real time, so we can assess on site what is happening and give immediate feedback, ensuring a prompt solution.

Recurring Blockages, and the importance of CCTV Drain Surveys

 This is where it pays to have a CCTV drain survey carried out.  If the blockage is happening on a regular basis then it is likely that there is an unseen issue with the drain / public sewer connection that needs investigating.  It could be anything from displaced joints, poorly laid pipes to cracks in the existing pipework. The CCTV drain survey will uncover the underlying issue, allowing our team to carry out a full assessment, provide a written report if needed, but most importantly rectifying the problem for you.

CCTV drain survey technology is safe and will not pose any threat to your environment or your property.

CCTV drain survey is an effective and cost-efficient way of identifying the root of all drain and public sewer connects problems.  It allows our team to investigate, diagnose and assess repair options while on site.

 CCTV drain surveys that are guaranteed.

Contact us TODAY – 0845 226 5060

For all your CCTV drain survey requirements, issues with public sewer connections and repairs then call us immediately. Quality advice, service and repairs you can rely on.

All our CCTV drain surveys are carried out by fully NRSWA accredited drainage specialists, ensuring accurate diagnosis. You will also receive relevant information for our IS-14001 family environmental certification.

Contact Drainage Consultants

Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
(All calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes)

Email us at:

enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk
sales@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

Drainage Consultants offer a full support service for all your septic tank cleaning, and public interceptor cleaning requirements. It’s important to ensure that you have regular maintenance, provided by a professional company who know what they’re doing.

WHY?

Septic tank cleaning and public interceptor cleaning isn’t something you can do yourself - that’s a given. Irrespective of whether the septic tank is attached to a commercial business, or a residential property they need professional septic tank cleaning support.  The most important factor is ensuring you get the right septic tank cleaning company in to carry out the work for you.

Important notice: Septic tank regulations change in 2020 and your septic tank must meet the relevant British Standards. If you have any concerns call the experts in septic tank emptying on 0845 226 5060.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Experience – We have years of experience in all aspects of septic tank cleaning and public interceptor cleaning. We use a combination of high power jet vacuumation and tankering equipment. Our qualified and experienced staff ensure that the septic tank emptying is carried out to the highest standard.  We adhere stringently to Government legislative requirements regarding every septic tank cleaning and public interceptor cleaning work undertaken. No short cuts and no fuss – just great service.

Knowledge – It is important that the company you employ to carry out your septic tank cleaning is knowledgeable. At Drainage Consultants we have years of hands on experience, not just about how to empty the septic tank.  It’s extremely important that the employees are fully trained and know what they are doing from start to finish. Inexperience can lead to damage being caused to your tank, contamination of the groundwater, and put others in danger.

Insurance – Ensure that the company you employ to carry out your septic tank cleaning and public interceptor cleaning has full liability insurance cover. If they don’t and an accident occurred, you could become liable and face heavy fines for contamination.

Support – Look for the company that offers emergency call outs for septic tank cleaning and public interceptor cleaning.  Having peace of mind that if an issue arises out of hours, on a weekend or over a holiday period, you can pick up the phone and get the emergency response you need.

At Drainage Consultants we provide a satisfaction guaranteed service.

Get in touch with us today to discuss how we can support you.

Tel – 0845 226 5060

Drainage Consultants Ltd offer a professional and comprehensive solution for all your septic tank cleaning, and petrol interceptor cleaning.  We use a combination of high pressure water jetting and deep suction tanker units, to ensure the job is completed to the highest standard.

All septic tank cleaning and petrol interceptor cleaning, carried out by Drainage Consultants Ltd, is completed in line with government legislation. You can rest assured that you will receive a complete turn-key solution for all your needs.

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Don’t wait for your septic tank to back up!  Call in the experts today and arrange for a site check, and organise a regular maintenance and monitoring plan with us.

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Case Study ~ High Volume Tank Cleaning

We recently attended Amazon’s newly built MAN1 distribution centre at Airport City South, to carry out septic tank cleaning.  A holding tank on site had more than 190,000 litres of septic waste. The septic tank was situated beneath the on-site multi-storey car park, and the job needed to be completed in an ordered and timely manner.  Our engineers on site carried out a full site inspection and assessment before commencing work.

The solidified waste needed to be broken down before uplift. To facilitate this, we assigned a combination of both high-pressure water jetting, and deep suction tanker units.    Once the solidified waste had been broken down we could carry out the septic tank cleaning thoroughly. Once uplifted it was removed from site and taken to the local waste water treatment works.

CCTV Drain Survey Technology after Septic Tank Cleaning

At Drainage Consultants we use CCTV drain survey technology. This allows us to inspect septic tanks after cleaning to check for any fractures, corrosion or other potential issues that may arise. This can prove invaluable in ensuring that any future problems are located and dealt with, averting any possible future crisis.  CCTV drain surveys are the most cost-effective way of keeping check on all your septic tanks, public sewer connections and drains.

A full site CCTV drain survey report with high resolution photographic evidence will be provided.

Contact Drainage Consultants

Call us now on 0845 226 5060
Fax: 0161 483 3106
(All calls are recorded for training and monitoring purposes)

Email us at:

enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk
sales@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

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As the owner / operator of a septic tank, or small sewage treatment plant, you must follow the general binding rules.  Take the strain out of compliance by contacting us today to discuss all your septic tank emptying requirements. T. 0845 226 5060

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