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Drains are a very fickle system to manage, as it can be hard to diagnose an issue, due to them mostly being underground where a person can’t access them. But with modern technology, we are now able to properly pinpoint the problems in a drain, no matter how far away from human hands and eyes the drain may be.

This is done through drain investigations. But what is a drain investigation and how do they work? Read on for this guide from Drainage Consultants Ltd for everything you need to know about drain investigation.

Why Do I Need A Drain Investigation?

Drain investigations are useful when you suspect there is an issue with your drain, but have no feasible way of finding out where the problem is coming from. You could have hundreds of metres of pipes below your home or property and no obvious way of telling where the issue is. A drain investigation is an easy way to find problems, using cutting edge techniques and equipment that will quickly find any issue and then provide you with a full report with solutions that can work for you.

A great drainage survey will provide you with a wealth of knowledge, including:

  • Internal condition and size of the drains
  • Hidden connections
  • What direction do they run in
  • Any defects
  • Pipework materials
  • A detailed schematic of your system
  • Any problems and solutions to solve them

There are a few different types of drain surveys that are used. So here are four of them that are commonly used.

CCTV Drain Survey

A great way to pinpoint an issue in a drainage system is by using a CCTV drain survey. These are carried out using high tech drain inspection cameras. The camera will snake its way through your drain, and a member of the drain team can observe its progress on a camera, keeping a lookout for any potential issues.

It’s a great way to investigate a drain, as it is both convenient and environmentally friendly, able to locate problems without taking the drain apart or performing a more invasive method. It provides access and great views of areas that would be impossible to reach by hand and will allow you to assess the best way to treat any potential problems it comes across.

You will then be provided with a comprehensive report and DVD showing the condition of your drain. If problems have been identified, you may also be provided with guidance and solutions that can be done to your drain to get it back to optimum performance.

Dye Testing

Another method that is utilised in drain investigations is dye testing. Dye testing is often used in complex cases when drainage systems have a lot of offshoots and connections that make it hard for a CCTV drain survey to be carried out quickly. If you don’t already have access to the plans, it may be hard to know exactly what is going on with them. Dye testing can help in this situation.

It utilises a fluid which is neither staining nor toxic, usually coming in powder or tablet form to dye the liquid. The great thing is that the dye can come in different colours to help identify different problem areas. It is used to detect the flow of water through drains and then using these results to find problem areas such as blockages and missed connections.

The dye is introduced to sinks, toilets and drains and then it is observed where the coloured water flows. The drain dye is usually fluorescent and can be seen using ultraviolet light, allowing it to easily be traced, even at night. The dye then disperses naturally over time, leaving no stained water or residue in the system.

Dye testing is great for pinpointing exactly where water is flowing out through drains, especially useful if you have a leak or suspected leak and need to pinpoint the origin. If you have water flowing into your basement or another part of your house, dye testing is a key method for figuring out exactly where that water is coming from, so a solution for the issue can be devised and implemented as quickly as possible.

Drain Mapping

Drain mapping is useful if the original plans for a drainage system have been lost, or you think the existing plans may need updating. This is especially important if you are planning a project, as you’ll need to provide workers with a detailed and accurate map of the nearby drains, so they can either connect new drains or avoid existing ones when building. This must be done accurately so no damage is done to the infrastructure, which will require expensive repair.

Drain mapping is done by combining schematic plans, survey sheets and analysing footage from inside the drains. This produces a detailed plan that includes internal and external drain runs, connections, manholes, inspection chambers and the direction of the water flow.

Drain surveys are especially important in a modern landscape, as buildings are constantly changed and updated, leaving accurate property plans hard to find. Drain mapping is the best way of ensuring plans are up to date for any future construction to go smoothly.

Sonar Drain Tracing

A sophisticated cutting edge method of investigating drains is by using sonar drain tracing. This is where electrical pulses are transmitted through a drainage system by specialised equipment. The results can show exactly what is happening below ground, such as blockages, collapsed pipes or concealed manholes.

Sonar is great as it is highly accurate while also relatively cheap. It doesn't involve the effort of conducting a CCTV drain survey and you don’t have to pollute water sources with powder like in dye tracing. You just use highly accurate equipment to help get an instant and very thorough view of what is going on in the drainage infrastructure. It’s especially useful in difficult situations where a wrong move could cause more harm instead of helping.

The Next Steps

Once a drain investigation has been completed, you will be provided with a survey or plan of your drainage infrastructure. This will include suggestions for any work to be done, including repairs or maintenance. If you are looking for a specific problem, the report should be able to tell you the exact location of this problem.

The best way to keep your drains in great condition is with regular servicing and cleaning. An annual maintenance plan will have somebody come to you every year to assess the condition of your drains, making sure no problems have arisen in the last few months. This way you can deal with problems before they become a lot worse and start to affect the performance of your plumbing.

If you have serious issues, you can hire drain rehabilitation services to help repair or replace your drains. Some can be done without digging your infrastructure up, but more serious cases might require excavation.

All of these next steps begin with detailed drain investigations. So if you have a problem with your drains, read on to find out who can help.

CCTV Drain Surveys & More From Drainage Consultants Ltd

If you’re looking for trusted specialist drainage investigations in Manchester, get in touch today with Drainage Consultants Ltd. We offer a wide range of drainage investigations, including CCTV drain surveys, dye testing, drain mapping and sonar drain tracing. Our team of experts will diagnose which type of investigation is best for your system and then use it to find the issue with your drains.

Once we have found the issue, we have a great selection of drain cleaning and rehabilitation solutions to get your system back to its former glory. This can include localised patch lining, precision roof cutting, emergency drain clearance and full excavations. Our investigations can bore into pipes ranging from 50mm to 900mm depending on your system, allowing us to work on pipes of all sizes.

Our services are available for both domestic and commercial clients, so get in touch today by calling 08000 654 111 for a free consultation. If provided with site plans we can offer a no obligation quote the same day. If you’d like to find out more about the excellent selection of drain investigation, cleaning and rehabilitation work we do, visit our website now.

Drain rehabilitation uses a variety of methods for the maintenance and repair of drainage systems. In some instances, this can use trenchless technology to repair drains non-invasively. There are also situations where deep excavation will be required to repair a drain. This requires careful planning to carry out the repair efficiently, restoring the site after the repair is completed.

Modern trenchless technology has meant that a significant amount of drain rehabilitation can be carried out with minimal disruption. Problems can be accurately identified using CCTV drain surveys which allow the most efficient and effective approach to be taken to fixing the problem.

Read more for some examples of drain rehabilitation work that can be carried out.

Drain Lining

The lining of sewer pipes can become damaged over time. Identifying this problem early can ensure that the lining is fixed before the damage becomes more serious. Where it is possible a ‘no dig’ approach to relining pipes ensures that a drainage system is repaired with minimal disruption.

Localised patch lining takes an efficient approach to identifying the area where there the lining of the drain has been compromised and fixing the problem in that area without requiring extensive excavation.

Non-Structural Gel Sealing

Another effective approach to drain rehabilitation is gel sealing. This technique uses a sealing gel in a compromised area of a drain in order to re-strengthen the material. This approach can lead to significant improvements in efficiency and cost-effectiveness when compared to excavation. By carrying out an investigation of the issue in the drain it is possible to identify the scope and location of the issue and identify the correct solution.

Excavation and Drain Replacement

In some cases, it is not possible to repair the drains using trenchless technology so it can be necessary to carry out excavation work in order to install new drains and pipes. Where this is necessary, Drainage Consultants is experienced in ensuring that work is carried out in accordance with the New Roads and Street Works Act of 1991.

Another example where excavation is required is in the installation of a sewer connection. There are a number of methods for installing a sewer connection properly with laws in place to ensure that work is carried out without damaging the sewage system. One example of this is that materials used in a y-piece or oblique junction must be the same as the existing sewage system. It is crucial to contract with an accredited and experienced company when undertaking this work.

Contact Us

Our experienced and professional team can assist with drain rehabilitation either using trenchless technology or where excavation is required to install new drains and pipes. Call Drainage Consultants on 0800 0654 111 or emails us at enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk and one of our team will get back to you.

Combination tankers can be used for a variety of purposes with one of the most common being drainage clearance for larger drains. When a large diameter drain gets clogged a tanker can be used in some instances to unclog the drain. Common uses of drainage tankers include jetting and vacuumation. This is frequently used to remove silt and sludge in order to prevent issues with the flow throughout a drain. A tanker delivering high-pressure water jets can also be used in cleaning mainline sewers.

Read more for some further information on the uses of a drainage tanker in resolving issues within a drainage system and ensuring that drains are properly maintained.

Getting an Assessment

The first step in clearing an issue with a drain whether commercial or domestic is calling a drainage contractor and booking a site survey to find the most effective tool for the job. There are a number of ways that the cause of issues with drains can be identified.

One of the most common methods is using a CCTV drain survey to inspect the drain using a camera and establish any issues. This is an efficient way of accessing drains with minimal disruption. Dye testing, drain mapping and sonar drain tracing can also be utilised in getting an accurate picture of any issues with a drainage system. Once the issue with the drain has been identified it is then possible to select the right tool to resolve the problem.

Different Uses of Tankers

There are a number of situations in which tankers are used in the maintenance of drains. Combination tankers provide the option to deliver high-pressure water jets in addition to having vacuuming capabilities. A few of these uses are outlined below.

Jetting

One use of a combination tanker is in delivering a high-pressure water jet into a drain. This removes blockages and can also be used to remove the build-up of silt and sludge and is considered to be a quick and efficient method of unclogging drainage systems.

Vacuumation

Another use of a combination tanker is the vacuumation functionality. This is an effective solution to remove debris that could be blocking a drain. It is always a good idea to address issues with a drain when they first present as this will avoid the problem becoming worse rendering a system unusable.

Interceptors

Drain interceptors remove pollutants and contaminants from a drainage system avoiding pollution and are often used in settings such as roads, car parks or industrial settings. These require regular cleaning in order to ensure that they are functioning properly and a tanker can be used to do this. Interceptors should be regularly inspected in order to ensure that they are working correctly. This is crucial as it provides the opportunity to resolve any issues and prevent pollutants from entering the main drainage system.

Contact Us

To find out more about how Drainage Consultants can assist with any drainage related issues, whether commercial or domestic, call 0800 0654 111 or email enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

Blockages in a drainage system can cause significant stress and disruption. An experienced engineer will be able to identify the cause of the problem with the drain and resolve the issue efficiently. There are a variety of approaches to cleaning drains depending on the scope of the problem. Approaches to clearing drains may also vary depending on the industry. In some industries, more grease may end up in a drainage system and it is therefore important to carry out more regular cleaning.

Read more below about some of the different approaches and considerations to keep drains clear and well maintained.

Drain Clearance

When a problem is identified with a drainage system it is important that it is resolved quickly and efficiently before it becomes more serious. The first step when encountering a blocked drain is to get in touch with a company such as Drainage Consultants which offer emergency drain clearance services.  Once the fault is diagnosed by a qualified engineer they will then choose the right approach to resolve the issue. After a blockage has been cleared it can be worth carrying out a survey on the drains to establish the condition and identify any issues going forwards.

Fat Removal Drain Cleansing

Grease can cause an issue with blockages, especially in sectors where a significant amount can enter a drainage system. In industries where this is the case, it is often required to carry out more extensive and regular cleaning to avoid blockages. Carrying out regular drain cleansing to remove buildup will ensure the risk is reduced of any potential issues with blockages.

Precision Root Cutting

Tree roots can cause significant issues to drainage systems with roots entering pipes through cracks. Utilising precision root cutting to avoid roots compromising the function of a drainage system is a good measure to take. This approach is preferable to using chemicals to remove the roots as there is a risk that these chemicals can leak into the drainage system. If the drain has become blocked as a result of roots causing a blockage, high-pressure water can be one option to resolve the problem.

Planned Maintenance

Ensuring that regular planned drain maintenance is carried out can reduce the likelihood of blockages. This provides the opportunity to identify issues as they arise and ensure that they do not become more serious as time goes by. With trenchless technology, many issues can be resolved without requiring traditional extensive excavation allowing for minimal disruption while a drainage system is being repaired.

Contact Us

If your drain is blocked, our team at Drainage Consultants is available to help with emergency drain clearance 24 hours a day. To get in touch with us call 0845 226 5060 or email us at enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

In order to reduce disruption when fixing drains, it is sometimes necessary to use “no dig” solutions. There are a number of approaches that can be used to minimise disruption and avoid or reduce the use of trenches. These approaches are known as trenchless technology and are increasingly used when fixing drainage problems. This reduces the need for excavation and similar approaches can also be used for the installation of some parts of new drainage systems.

In addition to minimising disruption, the use of trenchless technology can also be more cost-effective than more traditional methods of drainage repair and rehabilitation. Trenchless technology can also increase safety by removing the need for excavation. In decreasing excavation the time spent on fixing a drain also decreases.

Moling

In order to resolve a drainage problem moling uses a pneumatically-driven piercing tool to push through the soil creating a path which can then be used to pull the pipe through. This removes the need to excavate the area around a drain which is being replaced and, used alongside a CCTV survey, provides an accurate and efficient approach. With only a small number of holes required this removes the need to extensively rebeuild once the drainage system has been fixed.

CCTV drain Survey

By using CCTV surveys, a clear picture can be reached of the requirements of the site in question. This survey then allows informed decisions to be made on the best steps to resolve any issues with the drainage system. Utilising CCTV surveys alongside trenchless technologies for fixing drains minimises disruption and provides a cost-effective and efficient solution to rehabilitate drains.

The accuracy provided by this approach reduces costs in repairing drains as this removes the need to excavate the surrounding area to establish which part of the drainage system is causing an issue. In addition to being used to diagnose a problem, CCTV drain surveys are also used to establish that drains are in good working order. In some instances, this may be a good step before a property purchase.

Lower Carbon Footprint

The use of trenchless technology ensures that the use of heavy construction equipment is reduced on projects. In addition to reducing disruption and noise pollution in the surrounding area, removing the need to dig up the ground around a drain also significantly reduces carbon emissions. The benefits to the environment in addition to the commercial benefits have established trenchless technology as a popular and effective approach to drainage repairs and rehabilitation.

Contact Us

We can assist with either commercial or domestic drainage clearance, cleaning and rehabilitation. We are fully insured  To get in touch with our experienced team at Drainage Consultants call 0800 0654 111 or email us at enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

When you think of replacing or repairing drainage pipes, you likely think of deep ditches and destruction of your garden. If you’ve spent a lot on landscaping or have worked hard on your garden, it can be devastating to see it all torn up. Then there’s the possibility that the part of the drain you need to replace is under concrete or even part of the house.

How can you manage these repairs with minimal damage? Fortunately, there are ways to repair and reinforce drains that don’t involve digging up the lawn. They may not work for all occasions, but they are certainly helpful for a good number of situations.

Drain Lining and Patch Lining

A leak in the pipe caused by a crack or hole can be rather disastrous. The liquid inside will seep out and erode the soil around the pipe, eventually causing it to collapse. It’s very difficult to repair a pipe without digging when it has already collapsed, so checking your drains regularly is the best way to ensure they’re clear and functional.

Once a leak has been found, usually by sending a camera through the pipes, it’s time to clear the area around it. Any corrosion, debris, etc. will need to be cleared out so the new liner can be sealed inside.

The next step is to place a liner and a type of balloon inside the pipe. The balloon is inflated, pressing the liner against the edges of the pipe until it is cured. This is usually done with a special type of epoxy which will harden and become completely waterproof and resistant to scratches and debris build-up.

As soon as the epoxy liner is hard, the balloon can be deflated and removed, leaving the liner in place. This is a simple way to create a second pipe inside the first one, securely blocking the leak or damaged area.

Gel Sealant

Another option for areas that are relatively small or just starting to become damaged is gel sealant. This is also applied through the pipes, so you don’t have to dig anything up. The gel is applied to the trouble spot and it will then harden up until it is secure. The liquid may then pass through the pipe without problems.

Each of these methods is designed to allow the plumber to fix the issues with your drains from the inside out. While they are very useful no-dig solutions, they’re not for every problem. Sometimes, it may be necessary to dig. It’s best to talk to your plumber about the best solution.

Are you in the market for a good plumber? At Drainage Consultants Limited, we have the necessary tools and technology to make sure your drains work perfectly.

Clogged drains happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps there’s quite a lot of hair that has gotten into the pipes and blocked them up. Maybe you have grease or other food residue creating a clog. For most people, this means going to the shops and buying drain cleaner to try and clear out the clog.

While it is possible to clear some clogs, it can also be a very dangerous process and something you should be careful with.

Read the Instructions

Before you use any drain cleaner, be certain to read all the instructions. Most of these cleaners are quite caustic, as they must be in order to destroy the clog. They’re designed to burn through it and dissolve whatever is blocking your drains. That means they are also dangerous to you.

The container should indicate what to do if you splash some of the drain cleaner on your skin. Be sure to check what the procedure is and then continue with caution.

Protect Yourself

It’s essential that you keep yourself safe when clearing out a clogged drain. If possible, use latex or rubber gloves when you go to pour the drain cleaner. You should avoid placing your face directly above the cleaner and try not to breathe in the fumes. It may be helpful to use a mask.

You should also be sure to only use drain cleaner when no one else is in the room with you. Ensure that children are out of the room so you can safely use the cleaner without distractions. This will also prevent any accidents or having children breathing in the fumes that can be quite overwhelming.

Do Everything in the Correct Order

Check the instructions on the bottle before you proceed. In most cases, you should add the drain cleaner to the sink or tub and then add water carefully. Many chemicals will react with water, so following the directions can avoid splashing acid and potential chemical burns. Adding the water last will prevent this from occurring in most cases.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

If you do get some of the chemicals on your skin, rinse it off as quickly as possible with copious amounts of water. You should see a doctor if the skin appears injured or burned. If it’s only slightly reddened, you’ve moved quickly enough to prevent worse damage and can bandage the area with a layer of petroleum jelly over it.

Always follow the directions on the container if you get the drain cleaner in your eyes or on your skin and if it’s in your eyes, seek medical attention immediately.

If you’d prefer to avoid the potential risks of getting rid of your own drain clogs, call Drainage Consultants Limited for help. We can eliminate those clogs and clear your drains safely.

Your drains are essential to keeping your home free from water damage and getting rid of waste. Most people take their drainage systems completely for granted, but when something goes terribly wrong, you will certainly notice. Suddenly, those pipes become one of the most important things in the house.

Drainage maintenance is an important part of preventing future problems, but you will need to take some responsibility for them.

What You Can Do to Maintain Your Drains

First, you need to be sure you’re not putting anything down the drain that will clog it up. This includes anything that may form a hard mass when it cools or congeals. For example, flour is a big issue in drain pipes, as it forms hard lumps that are like concrete and can completely block up your pipes.

Grease and fat can do the same thing, forming soft, yet sticky plugs that collect other debris and create bigger blockages. You should also avoid coffee grounds and soap scum, as well as hair. These can all result in clogs that will stop up your pipes and prevent water from draining correctly.

If you do have a blockage, it’s best to treat it immediately so it won’t worsen. Boiling water poured down the sink or tub every week will help eliminate and flush out some of the potentially troublesome debris. You can also add baking soda and then vinegar to create a fizzing action that may help dislodge things. Do this once a month to keep the drains clear.

You should also use strainers or mesh in the drains of any sink. This will collect the bits of food or hair that may fall into the sink. They may then be discarded easily.

What to Expect from Professionals

You will want to have a plumber come to see your drains and check on them if anything goes wrong, of course, but it’s also helpful to have them visit just to check things out.

The plumber will examine your drains and note if anything seems off. They can check inside the drains if there seems to be slow movement with draining. Regular servicing is exactly what you need to prevent small problems from becoming big ones. Otherwise, you’ll end up with something that you didn’t expect and never saw coming. Preventative maintenance eliminates this possibility.

Are you interested in keeping an eye on your drainage system? You’ll want to hire professionals to help out. At Drainage Consultants Limited, we’re ready to manage all your drainage needs.

No one wants to have a plumber on speed dial, but it’s a necessary part of being a homeowner. Drainage problems can be frequent and if you’re not prepared for them, you will find it more difficult to manage the problems when they come up. Here are some of the more common issues that you may encounter as a homeowner and what you will need to do to resolve them.

Drain Blockages

One of the biggest fears for most homeowners is the dreaded clogged pipe. This may occur for any number of reasons, but it’s something you have to be vigilant about. If you leave it, the problem will only grow.

Drain blockages may happen anywhere in the home. They’re more frequent in kitchen sinks and shower or tub drains, as these are where most of the debris gets into the drains. Usually, something collects in the drain and this becomes bigger, collecting more debris until it is a complete or near-complete blockage.

Common causes of drain blockages include:

  • Hair: This can be found in sinks and tubs or showers because hair gets everywhere. It also tends to cling to the walls of your pipes and it can collect grease and other bits and bobs until you have a large clog.
  • Soap: Soap residue may be an issue in some places. It can build up on the sides of the drain pipe and this will collect debris that passes by, as well as more soap. The hardened layers of soap scum can be very difficult to remove, which you will know if you’ve ever tried to wash soap off of your shower door.
  • Grease or fat: You should never dump grease down the drain. Everything from cooking oil to bacon grease can create a nasty clog in the drain that will be very difficult to get out. It can solidify in seconds, so don’t count on liquid grease making it very far down the drain pipes. Also, if you’re on a septic system, fat can ruin the ecosystem in the septic tank.

Cracked Pipes

Older pipes are quite likely to crack over time and this is particularly true if you have a tree near your sewer line. The roots can interfere with the pipes. If you suspect there may be a cracked pipe, it’s best to talk to a plumber. It could be just a crack, but this can easily extend and become a collapsed pipe if you’re not careful.

Signs you have a cracked pipe include indentations and dips in your garden where the pipe runs. You may also notice that there is subsidence under the house and that it could be caused by the leaky pipe.

If the pipe is cracked outdoors, you will likely notice that the garden is particularly green and lush in some areas. The sewage leaking from the pipes will feed the grass and other plants quite well, resulting in lush patches.

The drains will also be much slower than usual, usually because there is a blockage that has caused the break. It is very difficult to tell the difference between a leaking pipe and a collapsed one, so it’s best to talk to a professional about the issue.

Collapsed Drainage Pipes

You may notice that your drains are in serious trouble if you have a drain pipe collapse. If you leave a damaged or poorly functioning drain for some time, it can end up actually breaking and collapsing, which makes a terrible disaster and is difficult to fix.

Depending on where the pipe has collapsed, you may find damp spots on the wall and under the basement floor. This can lead to mould growth and other serious problems. It’s difficult to reach these pipes since they are under floors or in the walls, but a good plumber will find a way to help you out and resolve the problem quickly.

Poor drainage is another sign that things are not working correctly. If your water takes a long time to drain away, you may have a blockage or a collapse. It’s usually easiest to see this with a camera that is inserted into the pipe. This is also a good way to determine where the collapse is, as well.

Another sign of a collapsed drainage pipe is the smell. If you have an unpleasant sewer smell, you may need to investigate where the breakage is. Even more obvious, your sewage may actually back up into the sink or toilet, which indicates a much more serious problem.

If you notice that there are cracks in the foundation or walls, in addition to other similar symptoms, this could mean a pipe has cracked and broken under the house. The ongoing flow of water could have caused subsidence. This is when the soil shifts, usually because of excess water leaking from a pipe. This can cause the entire structure to shift.

What to Do If You Think You Have a Serious Drainage Problem

In most cases, you will need a professional to handle the situation for you. This is because most people aren’t about to go into the sewers to find out if there’s a leak or not. Plumbers know exactly what they’re looking for and they can quickly spot where the issue is.

Before you tackle the issue on your own, you should consider how serious it is. If you have sewage backing up into the toilet and overflowing, you are going to need immediate help. This involves hiring a plumber to come and take a closer look. They will also have the tools necessary to handle the problem and to make repairs.

Your plumber should be able to find a way to look inside the pipes. Sometimes this is done with just a camera on a snake, other times it is a camera on a small remote-controlled vehicle that can tell you exactly what your pipes look like and where the break or leak is. This will allow the plumber to come up with a way to fix it.

How to Fix Drainage Problems

Sometimes, such as in the case of a collapsed pipe, you’ll need to completely replace the section of the pipe. This requires getting to the pipe, something that may be more difficult in certain situations. If your pipes are under the house or a paved driveway, it can be very difficult and you will need to do some damage in order to get to the pipe to fix it. This is the main reason it’s best to sort this type of problem long before it gets to the point of collapse.

If the pipe is simply cracked or plugged, the plumber should be able to resolve the problem with minimal mess. They will handle everything for you and will get the repairs done, often without digging or disrupting your home.

One method of handling cracked pipes is to simply add a liner. This involves inserting a balloon with epoxy resin around it. This is then inflated to press the new liner against the edge of the pipe. There it stays until it has hardened and the balloon can be deflated, leaving the new liner in place. The epoxy seals any cracks or breaks in the wall and can last many years. This eliminates the need to replace the section and is preferred when you have a leak under the house or something else you don’t particularly want to dig up.

It's always best to call in a professional if you have a drainage issue. Yes, you can often resolve these problems yourself, but it’s faster and more efficient when you have a pro plumber there to help. In addition, you most likely don’t have the equipment needed to manage everything.

Where can you find a good plumber? That depends. You can ask friends and family for recommendations, or you can simply search for plumbers in your area. There are bound to be quite a few. From there, you can ask for quotes and find the right person for your needs.

Keep in mind that it’s best to find a plumber when you don’t really need one. The last thing you want to do in an emergency is try to find a reliable plumber to come solve your problems. Take the time to find one now, before you have a more serious problem.

Plumbing Services From Drainage Consultants

If you need a quality plumber to help with your drainage issues, contact Drainage Consultants. We are experienced in handling everything from backed-up toilets to crushed pipes.

Tree roots are one of the biggest problems for drainage pipes. They seek out water and the slightest leak in your drainage pipes can draw them to the place where your drains run. Since wastewater is usually full of nutrients, as well as water, it is the ideal feast for a tree.

Some trees are much worse than others when it comes to attacking your pipes and destroying them. If you have any of these trees growing on your property, you should consider having a professional come to look at the drainage and ensure the roots are not encroaching on them.

Willows

Willow trees are known for their wide-reaching roots that are perfect for finding the slightest amount of moisture. Even a tiny crack in a pipe’s seam can let in the willow roots and they’ll rapidly fill up the pipe, breaking it open or causing a permanent clog.

Eucalyptus

Commonly planted as a decorative tree, the eucalyptus is a hazard to your drainage pipes. These fragrant plants may look beautiful and smell equally lovely, but they tend to stretch out their roots and dig them into pipes. Not only do these shallow root systems spread up to 30 metres, but they also grow new trees from those roots if they’re cut.

Empress

This tree is also known as the foxglove tree and it is a beautiful specimen in bloom. The gorgeous flowers and huge leaves make it look like a tropical beauty, which is why it’s often found in decorative gardens. Sadly, the root system is extremely fast-growing and tends to get into pipes, causing them to break apart or collapse.

Aspen

Not as common in the south of the UK, aspen trees are a lovely addition to a forest with their pale trunks and golden autumn leaves. However, they can also do some serious damage when they are planted near your drainage system. They tend to grow entire forests from one tree, with new trees popping up from the same root system, so they’re nearly impossible to get rid of.

Mulberry

While mulberry trees are not native to the UK, they do exist here and have been found in many medieval homes and infirmaries, thanks to their medicinal properties. Unfortunately, they wreak havoc on modern plumbing systems, so if you have one in your garden, be sure it’s far from any drainage pipes. These trees grow very rapidly and their roots are equally as quick at finding pipes that have leaks.

Just cutting down many of these trees is not enough to prevent them from causing problems. They will grow right back. It takes a professional removal to ensure they will stay back from your drainage pipes.

Have an invasive tree? Contact Drainage Consultants Limited today.

Collapsed drains can cause serious issues at home. Whilst it can’t always be easy to tell, there are a handful of vital signs one must be aware of should they believe their drains have collapsed, as these issues must be seen by a professional as soon as possible to avoid even further damage to property. Here, we take a closer look at five key signs your drains have collapsed and how you can spot them:

Slow Drains

Slow drains at home can be a sign of several different problems, from drain blockages to tree root problems, a build-up of dirt and debris over time is going to naturally cause blockages. When this happens, your drains are going to run much slower than they should, remember, this could be a sign of a collapsed pipe in the system, so, try unblocking your drains first to rule out this issue. If there is little movement, it’s time to call the professionals.

Bad Odour

A simple sign to pick up on is the sudden onset of bad smells and odours permeating your household. Should you start to smell sewage inside or outside of your home, there’s a strong chance your drains have collapsed and wastewater is now leaking somewhere in your property. If you do notice an unusually bad sewage smell, call a professional immediately.

Damp & Mould

When drains collapse or become blocked or damaged, water will begin to leak into your property, damaging the structural integrity. If you start to notice patches of damp or mould appearing on your walls, near your windows or heating pipes, then this could be related to a water leakage issue caused by a collapsed drain.

Structural Damage

As suggested, long term water damage will impact the structural integrity of your home, thus causing it potentially irreparable damage in the long term. As water continuously seeps into the foundations of your home, it weakens them, rendering your home unsafe and unfit for purpose.

Garden Sinkholes

As water escapes from a collapsed drain, it can very quickly find its way into the ground, softening the soil in the process. This will naturally create a sinking ground in your garden, known as subsidence, and is a clear sign of damaged drainpipes.

At Drainage Consultants Limited we’ve invested heavily in our drain relining and drain repair services. Our expert team can seal the area of water ingress using chemical grouting or patch lining to ensure we maintain as much support around the drain and reduce the risk of issues in the future. We can also repair small cracks or holes in pipes using the patch liners where required.

Tree roots that grow inside your drainage system and piping can have serious ramifications on your plumbing, sewer system and the foundation of your property. A serious problem that cannot go overlooked, fixing a drain pipe that’s been damaged by a tree root is a costly affair and should be checked frequently, to avoid potentially serious consequences. Here, we take a closer look at five of the major signs you may have a tree root problem inside your drainage system.

Slow Drainage

As with any blockage in your drain, the first real sign of a serious tree root problem is when your drains start to flow much slower than they normally would. If and when you flush your toilet and your drainage is slow or making gurgling sounds, you may have tree roots inside your piping. This is a particularly prevalent problem in older homes, or those close to large trees with massive roots.

Increased Greenery

Make no mistake; a blocked drainage pipe will ultimately lead to leaks somewhere along the line and this can very quickly reveal itself through the colour and lushness of your garden, trees, grass and hedges. If you have noticed areas of your garden with a sudden and inconsistent lushness compared with the rest of your lawn, this is typically a sign of a blocked drain and could potentially be due to a tree root growing inside your piping. Remember, the increased greenery is due to the buildup of nutrients seeping into your soil, causing your surrounding greenery and plant life to grow much quicker, and though this may seem like a good thing, it can have serious consequences in the long term.

Sinkholes

As suggested, a tree root growing inside your drainpipe will quickly lead to a blockage, allowing water to escape and seep into your soil. Not only will this create an unwanted lushness to specific areas of your garden, but it will also potentially lead to the formation of sinkholes. As wastewater escapes and mixes with the soil, muddy areas are formed, causing soft spots that will eventually lead to genuine sinkholes. Unpleasant, smelly and dangerous, sinkholes are a sure sign of a tree root problem.

Nasty Odours

Capable of damaging your sewer lines when they grow too large, tree roots can quickly cause damage that will later lead to unpleasant and unwanted odours occurring both inside and outside your home. Generally speaking, these smells are extremely off-putting, and usually present themselves in the form of a rotten egg aroma that is unrelenting.

Blocked or Collapsed Piping

As previously mentioned, tree roots growing inside your drain pipes will inevitably lead to slow drainage caused by blockages, so if you have encountered this issue already, there’s a chance you have a tree root growing inside your drains. In similar terms, should a tree root grow beyond the size of your drainpipe, it can quickly lead to damage, or worse, a collapsed drainpipe. This can have devastating consequences to your drainage system and will eventually lead to replacement.

Worried about blocked drains? If tree roots get into the drains and aren’t dealt with effectively, they will grow over time, causing unprecedented damage to your pipes, as well as blockages and potentially collapsed piping. At Drainage Consultants Ltd, we provide expert Root Removal services. To see what we can do for you, contact our specialist team for an initial assessment today and we’ll reply within 24 hours for a consultation with a fully accredited engineer.

Disposing of cooking fats, oils and greases incorrectly can have a lasting impact on the health of your drainage system. Blockages in pipes and sewers can cause untold misery, with disruptions, leaks and potentially costly replacements all possible. Fortunately, there are many simple and effective ways to reduce the amount of fat that’s reaching your drains, and here, we take a closer look at the safe and proper methods to disposing of cooking fat.

Use A Paper Towel

One of the simplest and most effective methods to reduce the levels of fat and grease that are making their way into your drains is to make use of paper towels. Whenever you are using a pan or tray and there has been a clear build-up of cooking fat, it’s important to not stick it straight into the sink and under the hot tap, as this will only send all your grease and fat into your drainpipes with the potential of solidifying later. Before you clean your tray or pan, wipe it down with a paper towel to remove the excess grease and dispose of it in the bin. That way, you’re removing the worse of the grease before it can even reach your drains.

Freeze and Reuse!

Whenever you’re cooking something with a lot of greases, the temptation is to immediately throw it away or put it down the sink, but this needn’t be the case. In fact, many people are now reusing their fats, cleverly freezing them in ice trays and reusing them for later. You can even reuse your fat in creative ways, through the creation of useful non-food items such as long-burning candles, nutrient-rich skincare products and of course; soap. Fat and grease have been used in several different products for centuries, particularly for candles and soaps, so don’t be afraid to make good use of them!

In similar terms, many establishments will either sell or donate their fats and grease to the fuel industry, to be used as a component in biofuels. Biofuels are fuel types composed from renewable biological sources, unlike traditional fossil fuels, meaning old cooking grease is now considerably sought after.

Feed The Birds

An important, if not often discussed advantage of keeping hold of your food grease, is how it can operate as both an energy and food supply for your garden’s wildlife. By simply placing your used fat in a bird feeder, you will be attracting them to your garden. Birds need to stay warm during the winter, which fat can play a huge role in, so the next time you think about disposing of your household grease; why not feed the birds?

Compost

As a last resort, you can actually compost your grease and fats instead of throwing them in the bin. Though not considered ideal, particularly in large quantities, it is a better solution than sending it to a landfill, or worse, down your drains. Composting fats in small doses is acceptable, but try not to overdo it, as this can slow down the decomposition process.

Worried about your drains? Whatever the drainage problem, wherever the location and whatever the time, you can call Drainage Consultants. We can put you in touch with a qualified engineer who will quickly and effectively resolve your problem with a minimum of fuss. Contact us today.

CCTV Drain Surveys are used to gather visual evidence of a problem within your drains, from blockages to damage, a CCTV drain survey can provide a fast and accurate diagnosis for you to act on. In this article, we explain how CCTV drain surveys work and why they’re important:

The Process

The process of conducting a CCTV drain survey is simple and straightforward. Instead of having to call out an engineer to perform an inspection or excavation, which is expensive and time-consuming, a camera is simply lowered into the drain to gather visual evidence of a blockage. Using these images, the condition of your pipes are analysed, identifying any potential issues or problems that may be causing concerns currently or could lead to troubles in the future.

The Equipment

Carrying out a CCTV is relatively simple, and will typically only require one or two major components to complete. Let’s take a look at the key equipment required for conducting a CCTV drain survey:

Waterproof Cameras

State-of-the-art waterproof cameras are especially effective at providing a clear, unobstructed view inside your drainage system. Perfect for operating in underflowing water or in tight spaces, waterproof cameras reveal areas otherwise impossible to access.

Access Rods

Highly flexible, access rods are used to help push the waterproof cameras along the inside of your drain pipes, helping them to navigate the turns and corners with ease and speed.

Crawlers

Used primarily to provide immediate visual access to your sewer system. A remote-controlled crawler provides near-perfect mobility even in the most obstructed or damaged of pipes.

Sonar Units

If visual access to your drain pipes is impeded, sonar surveys are instead used to gain insight into the conditioning of the system. Using sonar technology, these surveys provide acoustic profiling to detail the drain’s current state.

The Advantages

Conducting a CCTV drain survey can have several positive benefits on the continued health of your drainage system. Below are some of the key advantages of conducting a CCTV drain survey:

Fast Analysis

Arguably the greatest advantage of conducting a CCTV drain survey is the speed of the process. As the camera is lowered into your system, it will provide real-time feedback on a monitor to allow for a fast and accurate diagnosis there and then.

Accurate Diagnosis

As suggested, a CCTV drain survey provides a fast and accurate diagnosis immediately. Rather than deciding upon a diagnosis based on circumstantial or limited evidence, you will gain a clear perspective of what exactly is blocking your drains and how best to deal with them.

Cost-Effective

As CCTV drain surveys provide fast and accurate feedback, they can prove to be the most cost-effective solution for identifying an issue. Instead of paying out for several inspections, and/or unnecessary replacements, a CCTV drain survey will offer an immediate and correct diagnosis, saving you money in the long run.

At Drainage Consultants Ltd, we understand drain issues can cause significant damage if they’re not dealt with promptly, but our CCTV drain surveys can identify the issue in no time. Our cameras are ideally suited for pipes both above and below ground, offering you quick results with minimal disruption. Contact us today.

Whether blocked drains are causing mayhem in your house or smelly pipes are affecting your business, drainage problems shouldn’t be overlooked. In most cases, these kinds of issues can be resolved fairly quickly as long as you have the right people on the job - that’s where emergency drainage services come into use.

Here’s what you should do before making an emergency call out.

1.  Find the problem

The first thing you need to do is identify the problem. Knowing where the issue has started such as the toilet, bathroom sink or kitchen will help the team find a solution quicker. When you know exactly what’s causing the problem, a drain inspection can be done in this area.

2.  Try to resolve the problem yourself

Are you able to resolve the problem yourself? If you can see the blockage then it’s possible that you can minimise the problem by removing the waste or using shop-bought products that will cut through blockages.

3.  Identify the cause

If you’ve been throwing food waste down the drain or flushing incorrect items down the toilet then you probably already know the cause of your drainage problem. Again, this will ensure that you receive the right resolution to your problem so it may be a case of you admitting faults so it can be rectified sooner.

4.  Call the experts in

Not all drainage problems can be solved by yourself and in some cases you might do more harm than good! Calling in one of your local drainage companies will help you with both domestic and commercial emergency services - don’t hesitate to give them a call!

Emergency situations call for quick action. It’s important to stay calm and assess the extent of your drainage problem before you call in the professionals, but equally this is usually the best course of action.

At Drainage Consultants, we’re one of the best drainage companies around providing both domestic and commercial drainage services across the UK. If you’re experiencing a drainage problem that requires expert attention, give us a call on 08000 654 111 and our team will be happy to help. We can manage a range of common problems and provide effective solutions such as a drain inspection, high-level cleaning and more.

Smelly drains are not a problem that’s worth putting up with! Whether your kitchen sink is creating a pong or your customer toilet is not smelling its best, you’ll want to get this problem sorted quickly. There are also a few things that you can do to prevent ongoing smells!

Here’s all you need to know about preventing and treating unpleasant odours in your drainage system.

Bacteria and gunk

Your smelly drainage problem could be a result of bacteria and gunk buildup in your pipes - this is often true in bathroom pipes as they contain hair and skin. Over time, this can get stuck in the drains and cause an unpleasant smell to waft up, so plug covers are a good investment to block some of this debris from getting stuck. If this is a regular problem for you then ensure that you’re cleaning the area properly and invest in professional drain cleaning services if needed.

Food waste and grease

Kitchen sinks can be another problem area for unpleasant smells. That’s because food waste can get stuck in the pipe and even a small about little and often will eventually create a bad smell! Furthermore, grease and fat can congeal and as a result, you may notice an eggy smell. Drain clearance appointments can be used to clear the drainage problem so everything is odour-free!

Blocked items and stagnant water

A well-maintained drain should allow waste and water to flow through easily without unpleasant odours, rising water or other similar problems. However, blocked items (for example flushing wipes down the toilet) can cause a clog in the pipe and stagnant water that’s unable to flush - that’s when a stench may occur! Don’t be tempted to flush incorrect items down the drain as you could be faced with a number of drainage problems!

At Drainage Consultants, we specialise in a range of professional drainage services across the UK. If unpleasant smells are coming from your drains then our expert team will identify the cause and find a solution that works - you can rely on us for reliable drain cleaning services and more. Get in touch with us today for more information.

As a pub or restaurant owner, you’ll know that first impressions count. Not only is it essential that your team offers great customer service but if your premises have problems such as poor drainage, your customers will notice! The last thing you want is to earn yourself a bad name so always keep on top of drain maintenance and you’ll be sure have happy customers.

Here are some top tips on how to avoid drainage problems in your pub or restaurant.

Add sanitary bins to the bathroom

A simple yet effective solution to blocked toilets is to add sanitary bins to each cubicle. Sanitary waste is not designed to be flushed so over time it will eventually cause a blockage and therefore flooding which could put your entire bathroom area out of use. You could also add signs on the back of toilet doors informing your customers that sanitary waste should be placed in the bins provided.

Don’t dispose of kitchen waste down the drain

There’s no doubt that your pub or restaurant kitchen is a busy place but that doesn’t mean that your team should follow poor practices. Throwing food, oil and fats down the sink is recipe for disaster and over time this waste can harden in the pipe and cause blockages which isn’t ideal in the kitchen! Furthermore, this may result in bad smells! To avoid this, always dispose of food waste by throwing it in food waste bins.

Always use a professional drain service

In a busy environment such as a pub or restaurant, drainage problems need to be rectified quickly. Your best option is to hire a professional drain expert who can identify the issue quickly and provide an effective solution that shouldn’t cause too many disruptions if caught early. Having a reliable drain service on standby is essential! Ongoing drain maintenance will prevent small problems from developing into something more complicated as well as help in emergency drainage situations,

At Drainage Consultants, our engineers cover all industry sectors and have particular expertise within the pub and restaurant trade with over 2000 public houses as customers. Whether you need help cleaning blockages or ongoing maintenance, our team can provide services 7 days a week. Get in touch with us for more information.

A blocked drain can cause untold havoc in the household. Blocked drains can have a devastating impact on the structural integrity of your home, as a backlog of water slowly seeps into the foundation and causes it to rot. Not only this, but they can also lead to unpleasant smells lingering as germs and pests are attracted to growing mould.

As the mould grows around your blocked drains, this can lead to the build-up of bacteria, which can spread diseases and viruses throughout your home and potentially harm your health. If you are concerned you may require drain repair, it’s essential you hire a professional to carry out a drain inspection at the earliest opportunity. Here, we observe some of the most common causes of blocked drains, underlining the importance of drain clearance.

Hair

Easily the most common cause of a blocked drain, hair can cause serious build-up over time and lead to significant blockages. Whenever we shower or bathe, hair is washed down the plug, and eventually, if left untreated, this will cause a serious blockage.

Grease and Fat

An extremely common cause of blocked drains results from pouring grease or food fats down the kitchen sink. In time, these fatty substances will congeal, binding together and attaching themselves to the inside of your drainpipe. When this happens, water will no longer be able to pass through as it should, blocking your drain entirely.

Plants and Dirt

Sometimes your drains may become blocked through no fault of your own, with the unpredictability of nature playing its part. Plants and dirt are a very common cause of drain blockages, and as they begin to grow, the roots can work their way through the piping, thus preventing the flow of water.

Debris

As a consequence of our modern world, an increasing amount of debris or waste is being inappropriately disposed of, with soaps, sanitary items and baby wipes all being flushed down the toilet, ultimately leading to severe blockages in the system.

Cracked or Broken Pipes

With extended and repeated usage, it’s entirely natural for your drainpipes to start to erode and wear away. As your drainpipes start to wear, they become more susceptible to the risk of cracking or breaking entirely. This will likely lead to several issues and will require expensive drain repair.

With over 20 years of experience, Drainage Consultants Ltd is a one-stop-shop for all your drainage needs. Our drainage specialists offer a 24-hour service to customers up and down the country, ensuring that homes and businesses are safe from drainage problems. Whether you require drain clearance or sewer repair, our drain experts are on call to resolve your issue quickly, efficiently and to the highest possible standard. Contact us today.

Failing to clean your drainage system consistently and effectively can have a lasting impact. Drain maintenance is essential in reducing the risk of clogged drains, avoiding nasty waste and water build-up, which can lead to unpleasant smells, leaks, water damage and even the spread of infectious disease. Drain clearance or repair will restore your system to its optimum efficiency, significantly reducing the threat of contamination.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the key reasons to clean your drains:

Contain Unpleasant Smells

Regularly cleaning your drains will prevent blockages that will cause water and waste to accumulate in your piping, therefore reducing the risk of nasty smells developing from the build-up of stagnant water and sewage. These unpleasant smells can quickly spread throughout your home, potentially causing headaches and nausea for the occupants, meaning it’s absolutely essential routine drain maintenance is carried out, to ensure there is a consistent flow of water throughout your system.

Prevent Structural Damage

A serious consequence of blocked drains, structural damage to your property can occur when a build-up of water makes its way from the drainpipe to the structural foundations of your home. Should the water reach the foundations, you run a serious risk of irreparable damage to the structural integrity of the building, and in extreme cases, this can lead to your walls and floorboards collapsing.

Avoid Leaks

As suggested, drainpipes that have become blocked require an outlet, and with the build-up of water continuing, you’re inevitably running the risk of serious leaks occurring throughout your household. With a heavy accumulation of water within your pipes, the pressure will build, and eventually, your pipes will burst. This will later reveal itself, as the water steadily reaches your walls and floorboards, developing noticeable water stains.

Remove Contaminated Water

If your drains have been blocked for too long, the chances of water accumulating and becoming contaminated are considerable. Contaminated water is a danger to your health, capable of spreading viruses and diseases throughout your household, and therefore must be removed as soon as possible. In addition, standing water is an ideal breeding ground for pests and mould, and consequently must be removed immediately.

Increased Health Benefits

As mentioned, blocked drains can have an adverse effect on your overall health. When waste material builds up in your drain pipes, it creates a blockage, thus preventing the water from flowing appropriately, instead, sending it straight back into your sink.  When waste mixes with water, it becomes contaminated, and should this then flow back into your sink, there’s a serious risk of disease spreading. Contaminated water can cause a number of health risks, including viruses, asthmatic attacks or skin inflammation and irritation.

With over 20 years of experience, Drainage Consultants Ltd is a one-stop-shop for all your drainage needs. Our drainage specialists offer a 24-hour service to customers up and down the country, ensuring that homes and businesses are safe from drainage problems. Whether you require drain clearance or sewer repair, our drain experts are on call to resolve your issue quickly, efficiently and to the highest possible standard. Contact us today.

Taking care of your drains is absolutely essential. After all, blocked drains can cause untold havoc, from slow drainage to gurgling sounds and nasty smells, a blocked drainage system will require immediate assistance if and when it occurs. Fortunately, however, there are several ways in which we can address the issue beforehand, with regular maintenance and inspection, preventing drain blockages is simpler than many would have you believe.

We take a closer look at just some of the essential maintenance and prevention techniques you can use to ensure your drain pipes don’t become clogged, blocked and problematic in the future.

Drain Maintenance

As suggested, arguably the simplest and most effective way of preventing blockages from occurring within your drain pipes is through regular and appropriate maintenance. Maintaining your drainage system is vital in preventing build-up, helping to prolong the lifespan of your system in the process. Maintaining your drain pipes can be carried out in several different ways, from prevention and inspection to the use of drain guards and cleaners. Here, we analyse the most effective ways in which to prevent drain blockages from happening:

Prevention

The first and arguably most important step in maintaining a healthy drainage system is by preventing items or debris inappropriate for your drain pipes from ever reaching them. If you are relatively carefree about flushing down the toilet or putting down your sink, for instance, you run the risk of a dangerous build-up occurring within your drain pipes. To prevent this from happening, you should be extremely vigilant about what goes down the drainpipe, as even the basic combination of hair, shampoo and soap suds are capable of combining to devastating effect. In equal terms, we highly recommend you don’t flush nappies or sanitary products down the toilet, as they can have a lasting negative impact on your drain pipes, both more than capable of causing severe blockages somewhere down the line.

Drain Guard

An especially effective and extremely common way of reducing waste, debris and soap build-up from clogging inside your drain pipes, is through the use of a drain guard. Common in most households, drain guards are the small metal discs that sit on top of the plughole, collecting the vast majority of debris; thus preventing it from reaching your drainpipes.

Drain Cleaners

If you have concerns there may be a potential blockage within your drainage system, or are simply trying to reduce the threat of build-up, drain cleaners are an effective solution. Drain cleaners are simply poured down your drains, typically in a bathroom or kitchen, and left to perform their singular duty – clearing out the blockage. Generally made from strong chemicals and requiring a careful application, drain cleaners are often considered a last resort.

Water Pressure

Arguably one of the simplest methods of assessing the health of your drainage system is through checking the water pressure. Should your water pressure be unusually low all across your home, this can often be an indication there’s an issue with the water distribution system and will require an immediate inspection from a professional. However, should the pressure only be low in certain parts of your home, it could simply be a block or drainage issue. As an added measure, we also recommend you have a clear idea of where your stop cock is, as this can potentially prevent serious issues in the event of a leak.

Inspection

If you're looking to maintain your drainage system and prevent blockages from occurring, hiring professional maintenance services to carry out an inspection on your drainage system can have a lasting positive impact in the long run, preventing any minor issues from spiralling into costly repairs. We recommend hiring a professional to carry out these inspections seasonally, as drain pipes are typically affected by the change in weather.

Drain Cleaning

As a general rule, we’d suggest your drain pipes should be inspected and cleaned by expert professionals, however, there are several techniques you can carry out at home to prevent potential blockages from occurring, or at least curbing and slowing down their negative impacts. In this instance, any work you carry out yourself at home should be treated with the utmost care and attention, to prevent causing any further problems from occurring.

Run Hot Water

A fairly basic but surprisingly effective way of maintaining the health of your drain pipes is through pouring hot water down the plughole, particularly in the times in which you are attempting to reduce the build-up of fats, oils and grease within your drainpipe. Running hot water after disposing of fats, food waste or debris can have a positive impact on your piping, preventing anything from sticking to the inside of your drains. However, we recommend you don’t expose the inside of your pipes to extreme temperatures too often, particularly if your pipes are composed of PVC, as this can cause lasting damage.

Use Natural Solutions

Before you consider using chemical solutions to clear your blocked drains, we recommend making use of several different types of natural solutions, to reduce the amount of build-up, hopefully clearing them effectively. For instance, pouring baking soda with hot water into your drain pipes can help to dissolve grease, whilst helping to absorb any unpleasant smells. In similar terms, you can even use soda crystals with hot water, to help break down fats and oil.

Arguably the most popular method for clearing your pipes, due to their accessibility, is through the use of vinegar. Vinegar is acetic acid, and in this instance, can act as a cleaning chemical of its own. Simply pour vinegar down the drain, wait half an hour, then wash it away with hot water. Similarly, many homeowners have taken to using citrus fruits, particularly lemons, to help degrease and freshen their drain pipes. Citrus acids are effective at cutting through built-up grease and food residue and are more than capable of both cleaning your drains and making sure they smell fresh!

Consider Chemical Alternatives

If home remedies and all-natural solutions have failed to do the trick, it’s at this stage we recommend turning your attention to chemical alternatives. Shop-bought specialist chemical cleaning products tend to have the desired effect, but can also typically come with several potential risks, such as pipe corrosion or the risk of inhaling dangerous chemical toxins. This is a particular concern if the blockage fails to move, as the chemical solution will become stuck inside your drainpipe, which can be incredibly dangerous in both the short and long term.

Call The Experts

If your home solutions have failed to do the trick, as a last resort, or in particularly serious circumstances, you may have to call in the experts to help clean your drains.

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Our staff will help to diagnose the nature of the fault and so ensure that the response team arrives equipped for the task in hand. Using the latest drainage technology and equipment available our teams are capable of dealing with the most problematic situations to the simple blockages, from small bore pipes for housing associations to larger diameter drains on industrial sites, retail parks and hospitals. If you’re looking for quick, effective and affordable drain repair services, look no further. Contact us today for industrial drainage services across England and Wales.

It's not an uncommon occurrence to occasionally hear a dripping noise coming from your kitchen sink or elsewhere. Often it is just a case of tightening the tap that stops it! However, it can be a major inconvenience if you can’t suss out where it's coming from. If the situation has escalated, perhaps you’ve woken up to puddles on the kitchen floor or relentless dripping noises in your bathroom. This could be due to a plethora of reasons. For example, perhaps your dishwasher or washing machine is broken and has a leak.

In some cases, leaks aren’t as obvious as the typical, relentless dripping sound. As a matter of fact, they can be so much more discreet than this, they’re often a lot more subtle until the drip itself becomes a full-on flood. Early detection is key.

With this in mind, we talk you through some of the obvious signs of leak detection and how with the help of reliable leak detectors such as Drainage Consultants Ltd, you can prevent it.

Common signs of a leak

Here we list a few of the most common indicators of a leak being present in your home:

Rising water bills

Have you clocked that your water bill is creeping up and up? It's fair to say that our water bills tend to be within the same area monthly and are pretty predictable. With that said, if you do clock that there is a considerable rise or dip, and you haven’t been using excess water - you could have a leak somewhere.

A typical family of four will often use no more than 12,000 gallons per month. This may increase during summer if you use your water supplies to tend to your garden. Even a tiny leak, for example, a faucet with a minimal drip, can lose you as much as 10,000 gallons of water annually. That said, you need to monitor your water bills closely. Keeping an eye on your water usage is not only practical but can be an opportune way of nipping a leak in the bud.

A noticeable drop in water pressure

If you're running a nice bubble bath and notice a dip in water pressure, this could be a sign of a leak. You will be able to check this by switching off all of the fixtures in your home and switching them back on afterwards. If the pressure then appears to be higher, the chances are there may be a leak present.

With regards to your shower, low pressure can also be due to a clogged showerhead thanks to a build-up in limescale. If your shower is over your bath, you may have a broken diverter. Its worth giving this a quick clean and then checking to see if it makes any difference.

Detecting a water leak underground

Keep an eye out for pools of water or visible damp patches on the ceiling. This again is a common sign of a leak from the bathroom. Often it is the case that unpleasant odour can be an indicator too. Underground leaks can take longer to become apparent and come to our attention.

If you are worried about missing the common signs of a leak and it developing into something worse, it might be a good decision to use the services of a leak detection company or leak specialist. Quite likely it is the case that you may not have time to be on the lookout for leaks all the time! They will be able to identify the source of the leak and act quickly, which is key.

Monitor your boiler

One thing is for certain and that is that a leaking boiler is never a great thing in any sense. It can be such a common occurrence for many homeowners but what you might not have factored in is that it can be a sign of a leak in your home and one that will ultimately require some urgent support and assistance. Not only will this hopefully prevent your leak but also hopefully make sure that your boiler is in check too!

The valves of the boiler would need to be checked, these are the things that take water in and out of the boiler. It will quickly be identified that there is a leak present. If it is apparent that there is water coming from the boiler, there may be signs of a slow leak such as markings on the floor or quite often, a hissing noise. If you possess a central heating boiler, this isn’t something you can fix on your own terms, you will need a qualified plumber to deal with this.

Check your toilet

Due to the amount of use that the typical toilet has, it's pretty common for the toilet to be the source of a leak in the home. It's important not to panic because it can be dealt with but again, you need to act hastily to rectify this. A qualified drainage engineer will be able to identify the issue and help you to understand what the issue may be.

One way that you can identify if your toilet definitely is leaking is to put a few drops of food colouring in the tank and then leave it for 5 minutes. If you come back to it and the water in the bowl is the same colour as the water in the tank, it's pretty likely that you have got a leak on your hands.

Showerheads

A lot like toilets, the shower at home for most people is something that is used on a daily basis. So this indicates that parts of it may begin to wear down and you are likely to find significant leaks. As previously mentioned, lower pressure may be the sign of a leak (as well as a clogged showerhead. So with that in mind, it makes sense this could be one of the first places to take a look at if you think you have an issue.

Drainage Consultants Ltd - The Professional Drainage Contractors Based in Stockport

With over 20 years of experience, Drainage Consultants Ltd is a one-stop-shop for all your drainage needs. As a specialised contractor, we offer a wide range of services, including drain repairs, drain mapping, drainage investigation, drain tracing, public sewer connections, CCTV drain surveys, and water supply work for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets.

Our drain experts are based just outside Manchester, offering the perfect base to provide professional, nationwide coverage for Manchester, Stockport and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today and discover why we’re one of the best drainage companies in the Country.

Here at Drainage Consultants Ltd, our drainage specialists offer a 24-hour service to customers up and down 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 on call no matter the time of day or night to resolve your issue quickly, efficiently and to the highest possible standard. To find out more, contact us today. We’d be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.

The chances are you don't give too much thought to your drainage system and who can blame you? As long as it's doing what it needs to do, all is well! However, what about when things aren't going to plan? Perhaps your bathroom has flooded? Or the sink isn’t draining properly. Ideally, you don’t want it to come to this so being aware of the warning signs before anything drastic arises is key!

Whether you are familiar with your drain works or not, it's incredibly useful to have an idea of the signs that it may need some care and attention.

So, with this in mind, if you can recognize the signs that you need drain cleaning, you’ll be in a much better position. Taking this into consideration, we talk you through some of the common signs that your drain needs to be cleaned professionally. Let's get into it!

Standing water

Have you noticed that water isn’t draining properly or draining at all? Perhaps you’re doing some washing up and notice that half the water is still in the sink half an hour later. Or maybe you have found yourself standing ankle-deep in a puddle of soapy water in the shower because it's not draining properly?

This is referred to as ‘standing water’ and what this means is that there is a plug somewhere in your drainage pipes. The chances are that it is clogged up by hair or debris and there’s enough of it that won’t let water pass.

Cleaning your drains is the solution to fixing this. If it’s clogged so much that you cannot let any water escape, it’s time to call in the professionals such as Drainage Consultants Ltd for assistance.

Slow Moving Water

Similar to the previous point, if you have clocked that bath or sink longer to empty water than normal, it’s likely you have a clogged drain. In due course hair, soap, grease, and food particles can build up in the pipes. It can build up slowly creating a blockage.

A slow-moving drain can become a more significant problem if you don’t clear your drainage pipes efficiently. Taking care of the problem as soon as you notice it will save you money and headaches down the line.

Unpleasant Odor

Have you clocked a pretty unpleasant odour coming from your drains? This could be a problem. If the odour is coming from your sink and you’ve tried relentlessly to scrub the exterior clean and used lots of drain cleaner to no avail, this could mean food or sewage is building up somewhere within your pipes.

A drain specialist will be able to remove any debris that’s blocking up your drain. They will also have the right equipment that can reach the source of the smell no matter where it’s located.

Clogging

Perhaps it's the case that you clocked a block in the sink and thought you had sorted it? But it happened again a few days later. If you have clocked frequent clogs in the drain it might mean you have a more serious blockage a simple DIY job won’t rectify. Detritus and residue can build up on the inside of pipes so easily. Using a drain cleaner from the shop isn’t always the best solution sadly, although it's the easiest. This is how you know a professional drain expert is needed and can help get rid of the problem properly!

Gurgling Noises

Have you noticed that your sink makes a funny noise? A bit like a gurgling sound, even though your drain seems to be working okay? Well if this is the case there could be an issue. Unusual noises coming from pipes indicate there could be an issue. Perhaps a clog has started to form and you are able to catch it in its early stages. As a clog happens, it makes air bubbles as water gushes past. These bubbles are the thing that causes the gurgling noises you have noticed.

Water Backup

This can be a real pain! Have you walked into your kitchen and noticed a puddle of dirty, or in some cases foul-smelling, water? This may well be the cause of a water backup. This can be costly to repair and depending on the damage, a pain to clean. This is caused by drain lines being clogged up and then, in turn, this leaves nowhere else for your water to go.

Fruit Flies

If you have never previously had an issue with flies or more specifically fruit flies but now you have, there could be an issue with your drain. Why you ask? Lots of people don’t realise this but fruit flies are drawn to the waste stuck in your drainage pipes. When any debris begins to build up, fruit flies will clock on to this, much to your annoyance no doubt! An expert drain specialist will be able to

remove all traces of debris from your drains. This is ultimately what will get rid of the flies!

Toilets issues

Have you noticed that your toilet water rises excessively when you flush it or even worse, overflows altogether? This could most likely be due to an issue in the drainage lines. Toilet paper, sanitary items as well as other waste can easily clog your toilet. It is often the case that if your toilet overflows it can indicate that there’s a clog that’s not permitting your toilet to empty as it normally would.

Relying on Liquid Drain Cleaner

If you use a drain cleaner all the time, at least every few days or weekly, this could be an issue, especially if your drains are still moving slowly or waste isn't shifting. If the problem isn’t going away we advise that you stop wasting your money on drain cleaner - using too much can actually damage your pipes. For stubborn clogging, a reliable drain cleaning service is going to be the thing that helps you to clear it out while protecting your pipe’s structure.

Drainage Consultants Ltd - The Professional Drainage Contractors Based in Stockport

With over 20 years of experience, Drainage Consultants Ltd is a one-stop-shop for all your drainage needs. As a specialised contractor, we offer a wide range of services, including drain repairs, drain mapping, drainage investigation, drain tracing, public sewer connections, CCTV drain surveys, and water supply work for the domestic, commercial and industrial markets.

Our drain experts are based just outside Manchester, offering the perfect base to provide professional, nationwide coverage for Manchester, Stockport and the surrounding areas. Give us a call today and discover why we’re one of the best drainage companies in the Country.

Here at Drainage Consultants Ltd, our drainage specialists offer a 24-hour service to customers up and down 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 on call no matter the time of day or night to resolve your issue quickly, efficiently and to the highest possible standard. To find out more, contact us today. We’d be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.

Drain cleaning may not be the first thing on your property maintenance to-do list, but keeping your pipes and drains clean throughout the year can help to keep your drains in good working order.

In this blog by Drainage Consultants Ltd, you will find five reasons why you should consider keeping your drains maintained to avoid running into any unwanted issues.

  1. Improves the longevity of your drains

Issues with your drains such as blockages can lead to cracks and corrosion which may cause your drain to leak. Regular drain cleaning helps to prevent these issues from occurring because it clears any substances, such as leaves or fat which can cause your drains to block.

Replacing your drains completely can be costly, not to mention a hassle. When you invest in maintaining your drains, you can help to improve their longevity.

  1. Prevent bad odours

There’s nothing pleasant about the smell of blocked drains- a telltale sign that your drain needs a good clean. Keeping your drains maintained is a great way to prevent the blockage of things such as food, grease, hair and leaves which can cause the issue.

  1. Removes and prevents blockages

Drain blockages can become a huge problem if not dealt with in a timely manner.

Investing in the cleaning of your drains can help to stop issues before they get any bigger, and to prevent more severe issues with the pipes such as cracks and leaks.

  1. Helps to avoid overflows

One of the problems associated with a blocked or damaged drain is the possibility of flooding or overflows. A build-up of blocked substances within your drains can cause these issues, which can be damaging to your property if not dealt with properly.

Getting your drains cleaned can help to prevent these issues from happening because it helps to keep them well-maintained.

  1. Saves money in the long term

Emergency repairs and drain clearances are usually what is required if you face major issues with your drainage. Regular drain maintenance helps to reduce the likelihood of running into major problems down the road and helps you to save money as a result.

While some issues can be prevented with good drain maintenance and cleaning, other issues require the help of specialised professionals.

Drainage Consultants Ltd is experienced in the field of drainage for both domestic and commercial settings. From emergency drain clearance to drain repairs and replacement, our team of experts are here to assist you with getting your drainage in perfect working order.

Get in touch to find out more.

Your pub or restaurant is probably your proudest
accomplishment, often becoming a big part of your work and personal life,
especially in the case of a pub, where you probably live above or nearby. You
want to be able to keep your business running as efficiently as possible,
keeping it clean and making sure your equipment is serviced regularly.

This should include your drainage systems, as they can be
put under heavy stress over time. As they have a high traffic usage, your
drains could easily become blocked with human waste, fat, oil, grease, food and
other contaminants, which could eventually lead to major issues in your pipes.
An unhealthy drainage system could lead to your business closing, costing you
lots in repairs and reducing your profit in the meantime.

Drainage Consultants Ltd can help your
business stay prepared against any issues, and help out when they inevitably
strike. Read on to find out about some of the drainage services that can be
offered to your pub or restaurant.

Emergency Drain Clearances

If you have a blocked drain, a minor inconvenience can
quickly spiral into a problem that could shut down your business and become a
serious health hazard. We offer a 24/7 call-out service 365 days a year, aiming
to resolve your issue quickly and effectively, with as minimal disruption to
your business as possible. Our team will diagnose the nature of the fault over
the phone and arrive equipped with the right tools to deal with the task.

We can deal with small problems such as minor blockages, all
the way up to collapsed drains. We use two-man teams that carry out a complete
and professional service that will get your restaurant back to normal in no
time, meaning you won’t lose out on business.

Drainage Investigations

A lot of the time it is not entirely obvious where the
problem is in your drainage system, as there are usually metres and metres of
pipes hidden away that could be the source of a problem. That’s why Drainage
Consultants Ltd offers a range of drainage investigation services that will
help pinpoint the problem. These are:

  • CCTV Drain
    Survey -
    A CCTV drain survey is carried out using high tech drain
    inspection cameras to map out the entirety of your pipework. From this, we can
    then diagnose and detect any potential issues in your drains, then offer you
    the solutions we can undertake to solve any problems. A regularly scheduled
    CCTV drain survey will also make sure any small issues that could eventually
    lead to big problems are found before they get worse and cost you more to
    repair.
  • Sonar Drain
    Testing -
    Sonar drain testing is another method of mapping out a drain
    network. It uses electrical pulses transmitted by electrical equipment, which
    helps to see what is happening underground where human eyes cannot penetrate.
  • Dye Testing -
    Dye testing allows us to trace water and locate potential leaks. It lets us
    discover precisely what is going wrong in complex cases, using different
    coloured dyes to figure out water flow directions, where it drains to and if it
    is leaking anywhere. The dye is non-toxic and doesn't stain, so is an ideal
    solution to employ. Multiple coloured dyes can be used to trace separate drains
    and problems. Dye testing is ideal when the plans for the drainage system are
    old or missing, to easily map where water flows.
  • Integral Report
    -
    After we have investigated your drains, we will provide a report written
    in plain English about the state of your drains. This report provides key
    information such as:

  • The internal condition of pipework
    • Hidden connections
    • Defects
    • Location of drainage runs
    • Internal sizes of the pipework
    • A schematic plan

By scheduling regular drainage investigations, you can be
sure your pipework is in the best condition possible and catch potential problems
before they bring your pub or restaurant grinding to a halt.

Root-Cutting

If the location of your pub or restaurant is in an area with
a lot of trees, you could face drainage problems from the roots of trees or
shrubs. Roots can burrow into drains, blocking flow, creating leaks and
damaging pipes. Replacing pipes can be very expensive, so it is always best to
get the roots cut away before serious damage can be done.

Drainage Consultants Ltd offers a precision root cutting
service designed to deal with intrusive roots without damaging your system. We
aim to not use chemical methods, as this can potentially lead to the pollution
of rivers and canals. Instead, we employ cutting techniques such as
high-pressure water cutting or a drain rod. Each root is different, but we
strive to deal with the problem quickly and efficiently using the appropriate
method.

Garden or Land Drainage

If your beer garden or outside space is suffering from being
waterlogged, the installation of a land drainage system can help to remove the
excess water, making the space ready to be used by customers. Drainage
Consultants Ltd can help design and install a drainage system that is uniquely
suitable for your site. We can install a water pumping station that can
transfer any excess water to another site, such as a river or drainage system.
If your pumping station requires maintenance, our 24/7 callout service is
standing by to repair it as quickly as possible.

Drain Rehabilitation

Drainage Consultants Ltd is proud to offer a range of drain
rehabilitation services, designed to keep your pipes healthy without needing to
replace them, which can be expensive. Here are some of the drain rehabilitation
services we offer:

  • Drain Relining -
    Drain relining improves the health of a drain without needing to dig anything
    up. We use high strength resins to line the pipes, with the process often
    completed the same day it was started.
  • Localised Patch
    Lining -
    Localised patch lining allows us to repair cracks in pipes without
    needing to excavate. It is an inexpensive alternative to having a whole drain
    relined, able to reinforce isolated areas where there are only small problems.
  • Non-Structural
    Gel Sealing -
    Non-structural gel sealing is another method to seal and
    re-strengthen compromised areas.
  • Deep Excavation
    Repairs -
    If the issue cannot be fixed with a simple relining or sealing,
    we can undergo deep excavations repair. We strive to minimise the period of
    disruption and leave the site in as similar a condition as we found it as
    possible.
  • Drain
    Replacement -
    Sometimes instead of repair it is necessary to replace
    drains, in which case Drainage Consultants Ltd can undertake traditional trench
    excavation work to replace pipes.

High-Level Cleaning

Drainage Consultants Ltd also carries out a large number of
high-level cleaning services in addition to the top quality drainage
inspection, maintenance and treatment services. We can help with guttering,
cladding, window, rooftops and rainwater pipe cleaning, letting you focus on
running your pub or restaurant without having to think about the cleaning of
these aspects. Cleaning gutters and rainwater pipes help to prevent problems in
your drainage systems, so we’re happy to assist in cleaning these to keep your
drains functioning smoothly.

Facilities Management

To help your pub and restaurant reach its full potential,
employing a commercial drainage contractor to help manage your facilities is
key to its success. Drainage Consultants Ltd offers competitively priced
drainage service packages, that included planned programme maintenance, repair
and investigation work. We can be relied on to regularly check your drains to
keep them healthy and be on standby if any potential problems arise
unexpectedly.

Drainage Consultants Ltd

Get in touch with Drainage Consultants Ltd for all your
drainage investigation, cleaning and rehabilitation. We work with over 2000
public houses and know how important it is to have your drains working to the
best of their ability. We work hard to prevent drainage issues before they
occur, with regularly scheduled maintenance to ensure the efficiency of your
system.

Wastewater from pubs and restaurants is regulated under
Section 111 of the Water Industry Act. Any premises found to be discharging
fats, oils or food scraps can be prosecuted, so your drainage systems must be
properly managed to prevent you from being fined.

So give us a call on 08000 654 111 to talk to one of our
friendly and professional team about what drain services we can offer you. Or visit our website now to find out more about
our range of services.

Blocked pipes are a nuisance, but they can also do
significant damage to your drainage system and your home. The ramifications of
a clogged drain could be anything from slow drainage and low water pressure to
backups and flooding - none of which are ideal!

To help you avoid falling victim to blocked drains and their
consequences, this blog from Drainage Consultants Ltd outlines a few of the
most common causes of blockages and how to steer clear of them.

Cooking fats

The fat and grease generated from cooking is almost
certainly the most common cause of blocked drains, so be sure not to dispose of
it down the sink next time you make a meal. Any fat that gets washed down the
drain builds up in the pipes, forming what are sometimes referred to as
‘fatbergs’, and causes blockages.

Due to the sticky nature of oils and fats, water doesn’t
just wash it away like it does other substances. However, there are plenty of
ways to prevent fat and grease from causing blockages in your home - it really
is as simple as not letting it get anywhere near your drains. Many fats can be
left to cool and will solidify or congeal, making them easy to dispose of. You
could also pour any leftover fat into a container and put it in the bin. Either
way, you’ll be blockage-free!

Hair

While it may seem fairly harmless, hair can actually
accumulate to the point where it partially or fully prevents drainage. It’ll be
very hard to stop the hair from getting near your drains, but there are things
you can do to reduce the likelihood of them becoming clogged.

Whenever you see a buildup of hair in or near a drain, use
tweezers or pliers - or your hands, if you must - to pull it out. If you do
this regularly, it will reduce the amount of hair in your pipes much more than
you realise. You can also get drain screens or hair traps to cover bath, shower
and sink drains. One final tip: if you have long and/or thick hair, or are
always finding stray hairs around your house, don’t brush it over the sink!

Leaves and trees

An awful lot of blockages are
caused by leaves finding their way into drains or gutters. Unfortunately this
is particularly common during adverse weather conditions such as heavy rainfall
or storms, which is precisely when you need your drains most. You can reduce
the risk of leaf-induced blockages by covering your drains and ensuring your
outdoor space is kept clear of leaves.

Tree roots also cause drain
blockages, particularly in older buildings. They seek moisture to survive and
so are naturally drawn to the water in sewer pipes. If there are a lot of trees
near your property, it’s worth being on the lookout for tree root invasion. We
recommend getting a CCTV drain survey every few years to make sure
everything’s as it should be.

Regular maintenance and good practices are
always recommended, but sometimes blockages are unavoidable. Whether you need
routine maintenance, cleaning services, or emergency assistance, the experts at
Drainage
Consultants Ltd
are on hand to get your drainage system in peak
condition once again. Get in touch today for more information about
how we can help you.

The UK is prone to unpredictable
weather conditions, particularly heavy rainfall. More than 5.5 million
properties in England and Wales alone are deemed to be at high risk of
flooding, and many areas continue to flood in spite of government flood defence
schemes.

It is always helpful to know what
steps you can take to protect your property from damage. The team at Drainage
Consultants Ltd
has come up with a few ways to prepare for adverse
weather - keep reading to find out what preventative measures you can take to
try and keep your home flood-free.

How does flood water
get into a property?

Flood water can get into your
home in a number of ways. As well as coming in the obvious ways, such as through
doors and windows, it can also make its way in through exterior walls and gaps
in the floor.

One of the most common ways flood
water gains entry to a property, though, is through the drainage system.
Flooding puts significant pressure on drainage systems, reversing the flow of
water and causing dirty, bacteria-filled drain water to make its way back up to
your home via overflowing sinks, toilets, baths, and washing machines.

Preventative
measures against flooding

While flood water isn’t ideal,
dirty drain water is even worse. Therefore, it’s worth taking whatever steps
you can to prevent this from happening. We’ve listed some of our top flood
prevention tips below, so you can rest assured that your home is prepared when
the storms hit.

Identify weak points

Identifying and repairing any
potential weak points is a great way to reduce the likelihood of flooding and
water damage in your home. Regularly checking for leaks, clearing the gutter of
anything that might clog them up, and inspecting your roof will allow you to
fix weaknesses before it’s too late.

Ensure that gutter runoff is
angled away from your property, so that the water doesn’t pool in corners and
cause leaks. You should also keep mulch away from the edge of your house. Wet
mulch can rot wall cladding, therefore weakening the wall and causing leaks.

Effective
landscaping

Designing your garden in a way
which diverts water away from your property is another helpful flood-prevention
strategy. Surface water either goes to the public sewer or, if you have one, a
soakaway. Effective landscaping can direct this surface water to somewhere it
can drain safely.

Extra drainage

Extra drainage around the edges
of your property, or in the form of a soakaway, can help keep the flood risk
low by draining away excess surface water. This can also make your drainage
system better equipped to cope with adverse weather, as any pressure on the
system will be better distributed.

Regular drain
maintenance

This is an essential leak andflood prevention method, and something
that everybody should keep on top of. Clearing your gutters and gullies of
debris regularly helps prevent blockages, which ensures rainwater can drain
smoothly. Regularly checking your drains also means you can identify and repair
any blockages or damage before the worst happens.

Don’t wait until something goes
wrong. Whether you need routine maintenance, emergency assistance, or
installation services, the experts at Drainage
Consultants Ltd
are on hand to get your drainage system in peak
condition. For more information, contact us today.

It’s easy to take our water
supply for granted, but how lucky we are to be able to turn on a tap feeling
confident that safe, clean water will come out of it. Most of us probably don’t
even think about our drainage system until something goes wrong, be that when
the toilet won’t flush, water won’t drain from the shower, or your pipes
develop a strange and unpleasant odour.

Damaged pipes can cause a whole
range of even bigger problems, which is why it’s important to get it fixed
effectively and efficiently. Thanks to modern technologies, there are now
easier and cheaper solutions than ever before. Drainage
Consultants Ltd
are here to explain the basics of one such solution,
known as drain lining - we’ll have your faulty drainage system back up and
running in no time.

What is drain
lining?

Drain lining is a method of repairing damaged
drain pipes by fixing a new pipe, known as a lining, into the existing pipe.
The lining is made of a flexible resin material similar to fibreglass and bonds
to the inside wall of the damaged pipe once inserted. It is then cured, or
hardened, using ultraviolet light - this forms the new pipe, which fits tightly
inside the damaged one.

This method requires no
excavation, unlike traditional repair solutions, which makes it a far easier
and less disruptive option. Drain lining is also a versatile method, as it can
be used to fix open or leaking joints in pipes, as well as cracks such as those
caused by blockages. It’s also very effective when used to combat tree root
invasion.

Drain patch repair

A process called drain patch
repair is very closely related to drain lining, and is usually employed when
only small sections of the existing pipe need fixing.

Instead of using a pipe-like
material, as the lining method does, the localised patch lining method involves
wrapping a drain patch filled with epoxy resin around a tool known as a pipe
packer. This is then inserted into the damaged pipe until it reaches the defect
and is inflated in order to force the resin against the inside wall of the
pipe. Once the resin has cured, the packer is removed to reveal a repaired
pipe.

When to reline your
drain pipes

It’s impossible to predict
problems with your drainage system ahead of time, but there are telltale signs you can look out for
that indicate your pipes are already damaged and need repairing. These include:

  • Bad
    smells, either caused by waste or mold and mildew
  • Constant
    gurgling noises or sound of running water (even when all taps are off)
  • Drainage
    problems, such as. slow draining 
  • Cracks
    in walls
  • Sewage
    backing up (e.g. coming out of your toilet or shower drain)
  • Wet
    floors
  • Rodent
    and pest issues
  • Low
    water pressure
  • Significant
    increase in water bills
  • Clogs,
    rust, or debris in your water
  • Unusual
    growth in vegetation

Do you have a problem with your
drainage system? Drainage Consultants Ltd can help. Whether
you’re in need of drain lining, localised patch lining, or any other drain
maintenance, our knowledgeable and experienced team will be able to locate the
problem and fix it effectively, efficiently, and with minimal disruption. To
find out more, get in touch today.

The UK collects over 11 billion
litres of wastewater, or sewage, daily. This includes water from sinks,
toilets, baths, showers, and washing machines, industrial wastewater, and
rainwater run-off - which we tend to have a lot of. Without the correct treatment,
this wastewater would have negative impacts on both the environment and public
health.

Have you ever wondered what
happens to the water that swirls down your drains every day? Drainage
Consultants Ltd
provides the answers you’ve been looking for with
this brief guide to the UK’s sewage treatment process.

The sewer network

Firstly, water is drained from
your home and joins up to a communal sewer pipe, which runs under roads. This
sewer pipe then joins a network of other sewers and takes the water to a sewage
treatment works. It is here that the cleaning and filtering process takes
place.

Screening

Screening is the process of
removing various objects that could block or damage equipment, or pollute our
rivers if they were to make it that far. Large objects are removed first,
including items such as nappies, wet wipes, sanitary items, and even bottles -
i.e. things that shouldn’t be there in the first place.

Specialist equipment is then used
to remove grit and other smaller contaminants.

Primary treatment

At this point, the wastewater
still contains what is politely called ‘organic solid matter’ - human waste, in
other words. This is separated from the water using large settlement tanks,
where solids sink to the bottom to become what’s known as ‘sludge’. Large
scrapers push this sludge towards the centre of the tank so it can be taken
away for further treatment. Sludge is ultimately used as fertiliser or to
generate energy.

The clean water passes over a
wall near the top of the tank and makes its way to the next stage of treatment.

Secondary treatment

The visible bits of sludge may
have been removed, but there will still be smaller and sometimes invisible
organisms in the water. To remove these, the wastewater is put into rectangular
tanks called ‘aeration lanes’, which pump air into the water.

This encourages the useful
bacteria to break down and eat the harmful bacteria. The more the useful
bacteria eat, the more they grow and multiply, until eventually all the harmful
ones are eliminated.

Final treatment

The treated water is then passed
through a final settlement tank, where the useful bacteria sink to the bottom.
This forms more sludge, which is recycled back to the secondary treatment
stage.

The clean water is then passed
over the wall near the top of the tank. At this point, it is sometimes filtered
slowly through a bed of sand to catch any remaining particles.

Return to nature

Once the water is clean, it can
be safely returned to lakes, rivers and streams, which helps keep water flowing
and wildlife thriving. The quality of this water is rigorously monitored and
tested to ensure it meets safety requirements.

Pipes and drains are a crucial
part of the water cycle, so you need to ensure yours are given the care and
maintenance they need to stay in great condition. From routine maintenance and
cleaning to repairs and installation, Drainage
Consultants Ltd
are on hand to help with all your drainage needs. Contact us today to find out more.

If you’re looking to have your drains surveyed and fixed
then it’s important you get it right the first time around because, otherwise,
you could find yourself with an inaccurate diagnosis that could lead to
ineffective drainage solutions. CCTV drain surveys are a much more accurate way
of checking the health of your drains so here’s a guide as to how they work,
why they’re beneficial and exactly what’s surveyed.

What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

When a CCTV Drain survey is conducted, state of the art
waterproof cameras are fed through your drains, continuously recording the
insides of your drains as they go. This is sometimes done using access rods
which are extremely flexible, allowing the camera to navigate any turns or
tight corners. Another option is to use crawlers that are remote-controlled,
allowing the operator greater mobility, even when there are blockages.

Here at Drainage Consultants Ltd, we use precise sonar
drainage tracing methods which mean our cameras can survey bore pipes that
range from 50mm to 900mm in diameter.

Why Are They Needed?

When it comes to fixing draining problems, a common issue is
that the problem isn’t visible which can make finding an appropriate solution
difficult. A misdiagnosis could lead to further complications and costs further
down the road. CCTV Drain Surveys are a great way to be more accurate in
diagnosing the drain’s problems which leads to more effective solutions being
advised.

They’re also a lot more time-efficient. Rather than
potentially having to take apart whole sections of pipes to find a problem and
then assemble it all once you’re done, this survey will provide you with an
extremely detailed inspection of every part of your drains, roughly in the space
of a couple of hours.

What is Surveyed?

These surveys assess a variety of factors, including:

  • The location of drainage runs and whether their
    location is optimal
  • The internal condition of the pipe and whether there
    are any defects
  • The internal sizes of the pipework
  • The materials used for the pipework and any problems
    they may be causing
  • Any hidden connections that could cause potential
    problems
  • Pipework defects, no matter how big or small.

Why Choose Drainage Consultants?

To begin with, we offer a no-obligation quote on the same
day, so that you can find a solution as quick as possible. We also pride
ourselves on having a quick turnaround so that you can continue using your
drains as normal. We also provide our customers with a DVD of the recording so they
have a future reference. Lastly, we’re used to working on a broad variety of
drains, including those in:

  • Construction sites
  • Housing estates
  • Retail parks
  • Airports
  • Industrial parks.

If you have any further questions about our CCTV drain
surveys, or any of our other services including drain rehabilitation, tanker
work or pump station maintenance, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us by calling 08000 654 111
today!

Treatment plants are a beneficial solution for properties
not connected to the mains sewage. They are an alternative to septic tanks and
may be more beneficial for your requirements. Sewage treatment plants are a
cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative that is a popular
choice among many people.

How do they work?

Similarly to a septic tank, treatment plants work by
separating wastewater from waste solids in order to treat it and discharge it
back into the environment. Sewage flows from the property into the first
chamber of the treatment plant. It will sit in this chamber until grease, oil
and scum have floated to the top and solids have settled at the bottom.

During the second process, the liquids travel into a second
chamber fitted with an air pump that circulates air around the chamber to
encourage the growth of aerobic bacteria. This bacteria helps to break down the
contaminants in the water, effectively cleaning it.

In the final tank, the wastewater that has been properly
treated can be discharged into the environment. As opposed to a septic tank,
treatment plants can discharge directly into a water source, subject to
Environment Agency Consent.

Why do I need a treatment plant?

Treatment plants and septic tanks are essential if your property
is unable to be connected to mains sewage. Many properties are too far away for
it to be possible so must rely on other forms of waste management. Other people
choose to live off-grid and therefore don’t want their home to be connected to
mains sewage, making treatment plants a much better alternative.

As a land or property owner, it is your responsibility to
correctly dispose of any waste you produce and ensure there are no negative
effects on the environment. If you were to let your sewage run straight into a
water source or the surrounding area, this would be an extreme health hazard
and cause pollution to our natural areas.

How do you maintain them?

To ensure the longevity of your treatment plant, it’s
important to properly maintain them with regular maintenance. While you will be
required to empty them infrequently, they will still need to be cleared of
sludge that builds up in the system. It’s a good idea to get them emptied once
a year, or as advised by your drainage consultant.

Since there are no moving parts within a treatment plant,
the maintenance is minimal. They also rely on gravity to force the effluent,
meaning there is very little that will need to be repaired. If your property is
on a hill, it may be difficult for the treatment plant to expel waste, however,
a drainage expert will happily advise you on the best course of action.

How are they different from septic tanks?

A septic tank is different to a treatment plant because it
relies on anaerobic bacteria digestion. This, as a result, produces large
amounts of carbon dioxide and methane which is responsible for the familiar
pungent smell associated with septic tanks.

A treatment plant instead uses an aerobic process because of
the forced introduction of oxygen. This, in turn, promotes the growth of
aerobic bacteria to digest the sewage. The by-products of the aerobic process
are carbon dioxide, water and biomass. In comparison, the aerobic process of a
treatment plant is much faster and produces a higher quality effluent. It is also
illegal to discharge effluent from septic tanks to surface water.

What type of treatment plant do I need?

The type of treatment plant you may need will depend on a
range of factors. For example, the size of your home and how many people live
there will affect the amount of effluent that needs treating. If you choose a
smaller tank to save money, you’ll end up needing to empty it more often and
this could cause the system to fail due to overloading.

Advantages of a treatment plant

  • Environmentally
    friendly
    - Treatment plants clean water to an exceptionally high standard
    meaning the water produced can be used for non-food gardening. By re-using this
    water, you’ll be reducing the amount of fresh water you use, as a result,
    lowering your carbon footprint.

  • Simple and easy
    installation
    - Sewage treatment plans are much easier to install as opposed
    to septic tanks. If you hire a drainage expert to oversee and install your
    treatment plant, the job will be done quickly and easily. A domestic sewage
    treatment plant works at a much faster pace and allows the water to be released
    directly into surrounding water sources.

  • Reduces health
    risks
    - Because the water is treated to a much higher standard than septic
    tanks, there is less risk to human health and the environment. Untreated water
    can carry life-threatening diseases, which can cause damage to wildlife and
    humans. Therefore, it’s highly important that wastewater is disposed of
    correctly and in line with Environment Agency Standards.

  • Meets government
    emission standards
    - There are many laws and regulations in place to ensure
    the correct management of waste in the UK. By using a specialist drainage
    company, they can appropriately assess your property and provide you with the
    best course of action to effectively treat your effluent waste.

Things to consider

  • A treatment
    plant needs a constant supply of electricity
    - In order to operate
    effectively, the treatment plant uses electricity to aerate the sewage. If your
    power is sporadic or unreliable, it may not be effective to install a treatment
    plant on your property. This also means it will cost you a small amount to keep
    the treatment plant running.

  • Requires
    professional maintenance
    - If something does go wrong, you’ll need a drain
    specialist to diagnose the problem. You will also need to get the sludge
    build-up emptied around once a year.

  • Design should be
    undertaken professionally
    - Although the installation is quick, it does
    need to be carried out by a professional to ensure the treatment plant runs
    properly.

  • Requires a
    constant supply of sewage
    - To stop the treatment plant from drying out,
    there must be a constant supply of sewage. This means treatment plants are not
    ideal for places such as holiday homes that have periods of no water usage.

Why use Drainage Consultants Ltd for your
treatment plant installation?

If you’re considering a treatment plant installation on your
property, Drainage Consultants offer a full range of
services to get your sewage system up and running. If you’re based in Stockport
or the surrounding area, here’s why you should use Drainage Consultants Ltd:

  • Drainage Consultants Ltd operates under the high
    standards of industry regulators such as Alcumus, Exor, SafeContractor, The Contractors
    Health and Safety Assessment Scheme, Construction line and Achilles UVDB, among
    many others.
  • We have over 20 years of experience in drainage
    services. Our skills and expertise have been honed over the last two decades,
    making us highly qualified in the industry.
  • We offer a range of drainage services, so we’re a
    one-stop shop for all your drainage needs. Whether you need sewage treatment
    plant installation, drain surveys, sonar drain tracing or fat removal and drain
    cleansing, we can do it all.
  • We have reasonable pricing and we only charge you for
    the work we do. We can also offer free consultations to decide what work needs
    to be carried out.

Get in touch with Drainage Consultants Ltd
today

If you have any problems with your drainage system or you’re
looking for new drainage installations, get in touch with us today. We’ll be
more than happy to advise you on the right course of action to go forward. We
also offer a 24-hour service to customers up and down the country so should you
ever run into a problem, we’ll be on hand to assist you. Visit our website to find out more.