One of our specialist areas is assisting with ‘Public Sewer Connections’. There is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding who is responsible for this connection, and what it is.

So, what is a public sewer connection?

The public sewer connection is the connection between your home drainage system and a public sewer. This ensures the waste or surface water is channelled away from your property safely, and effectively.

A property owners’ perspective

The drains and sewers that carry your household waste from your property to a public network are the responsibility of the homeowner, or landlord.  It works in exactly the same way as other utility supplies. The boundary of your property is where the household connection hits the public sewer, and then it becomes the sewerage company’s responsibility.

Your local water and sewerage companies have a duty to provide a public sewer. You do however need written approval before you can connect to a public sewer.

Why chose Drainage Consultants Ltd?

The team at Drainage Consultants Ltd have extensive knowledge and experience in public sewer connections.  From application to completion, you can rely on us to ensure that things run smoothly, right through to obtaining your ‘Certificate of Satisfactory Inspection’ from the Water Authority.  We can also advise you on the right connection for your property!  Don’t get lost in the maze. We can guide you through this, and remove the stress.

Why opt for a CCTV Drain Survey?

 A CCTV Drain Survey will allow us to investigate the problem you report, such as structural issues (fractures or collapse), and root ingress of blockages. It is a state of the art drainage technique, allowing us to diagnose issues without the need for invasive, and often costly manual investigation.

 Cost Effective?

Absolutely, CCTV drain surveys are invaluable.  Using our CCTV drain inspection technology, not only can we investigate the problems you report, we are also able to look at potential issues that may arise. The advanced CCTV technology means that images obtained are high resolution, allowing us to identify issues accurately, such as hairline fractures / corrosion, with no room for doubt!

Will there be any disruption?

Our remote CCTV cameras mean there is no disruption, or very little.  There is no need for our engineers to enter drains, or dig holes for inspections to public sewer connections. It really is as simple as sending in our remote cameras, that relay the images back to our mobile unit.

Will I get a full report?

Yes, we’ll provide a full written report for you outlining all our findings, together with photographic and video evidence.

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Poor drainage poses a threat to property. For this reason, a CCTV drain survey could be essential to protecting your premises or home.

If drains fail to do what they are designed to, then the results can range from the inconvenient to the catastrophic – and sometimes the symptoms of blocked, faulty or damaged drains can present themselves as an inconvenience, when, in reality, they are a crisis waiting to happen.

Surface Water and Wastewater

Storm drains should carry surface water away when it rains, and the UK is frequently a very wet place – some of the wettest winters on record have been in the past few years.

If these drains fail to work, then the surface water will have nowhere to go. It will end up seeping into walls, which ultimately causes decay.

Damage like this may take a while to take effect, but nevertheless it will do so, unless you do something about it.

Foul drains carry wastewater through the drainage system into the sewer. If foul drains are blocked then the effect can be unpleasant in the extreme, with raw sewage rising to the surface. This smells awful, and poses a significant health risk.

Most of the time we do not think about drains. They are just there to do their job. So, it’s only when they start to fail that we sit up and take notice.

Inspection, Diagnosis, Prevention and Repair

It may be worthwhile having your drains inspected with a CCTV drain survey to ensure that you have no lingering and potentially serious drainage issues.

A drainage inspection will expose any weaknesses or difficulties in your drainage network, often before any noticeable problems have occurred.

Acting now could save you on trouble and expense later. A clear drainage diagnosis will allow us to then recommend a course of remedial action, where necessary.

A drain survey is cost effective, efficient and non-disruptive. Give yourself peace of mind and contact Drainage Consultants today.

Drains can surprise you, and not in a good way. Drains, by their nature, are largely concealed, which is why they can be a nasty surprise, when something goes wrong. This is when you need a CCTV drain survey.

Do You Plan for the Future?

Most of us like to plan for the future. We have events in our social calendars, we have milestones and goals at work. We don’t, however, always look ahead to what might need attention when it comes to essential utilities.

What if your drains are not working properly? What might the cost be to you, in time, and inconvenience?

If you’ve got a business premises, with faulty drains, the implications might be long-term, if you do not act to fix them.

Think of your staff, or customers, and possible health and safety issues with blocked drains. Would you have to close your business temporarily to sort them out? What would this downtime cost you?

Should you Give Your Drains a Health Check?

You may already have your suspicions about your drains – maybe there’s a bad smell, or they persistently clog or drain away slowly.

Give your drains a proper health check with a CCTV drain survey. They are quick and efficient, and they might just save you money, time and trouble. We use cameras to record what the interior condition of your drainage network looks like. From this footage, we produce a comprehensive report, together with a DVD of the footage.

We can then devise an action plan specific to your drainage requirements, giving you a full diagnosis regarding any deterioration, faults or weaknesses that we’ve discovered.

A health check for your drains is a sound idea – many banks and mortgage companies now make a CCTV drain survey a requirement for property purchases.

Act now to save yourself more trouble, and expense, later. Contact Drainage Consultants today if you think you’ve got drainage problems. Our CCTV drain survey will help us get to the bottom of it for you.

When blockages occur in the sewer network they can be spectacular. Recently, in London, a routine inspection discovered a fatberg the size of two double decker buses blocking a section of the ancient sewer network.

It stretches the length of two football pitches, and is requiring concentrated, seven days a week work efforts to remove it, using shovels and high powered water jets.

What are Fatbergs Made Of?

Typically, these masses of waste comprise things such as congealed fat, nappies and wet wipes – what people routinely put down the drain or flush down the toilet.

These are items that won’t break down in the drainage system, but instead add to congealed masses that keep growing, until you have a worst-case scenario.

The larger the fatberg becomes, the harder it is to get rid of, some compare it to trying to break down a huge lump of concrete.

This type of waste can build up quickly, particularly where cooking oil and fat is concerned. And plenty of supposedly disposable items, such as wet wipes, will still block drains.

This large-scale problem is reflected on a smaller scale in numerous properties where drains steadily become clogged with unsuitable items for flushing or draining way.

How to Prevent the Build Up

One solution is quite simple: don’t pour cooking oil and fat down the kitchen sink. This can be exacerbated at busy times for cooking, such as Christmas, and affects both homes and commercial premises such as restaurants.

People should also be careful what they choose to flush down the toilet: things like cotton wool buds may look small and harmless, but they can easily build up and contribute to a significant blockage.

The damage may already have been done, and even if your drains are not completely blocked, they may be dysfunctional, draining slowly persistently, and giving off bad smells.

If this is the case, then your next course of action should be to get a drain survey. This is a cost-effective means of thoroughly inspecting your drains to get a clear picture of what is wrong with them.

We use state-of-the-art CCTV technology for this, and it allows us to diagnose your drainage issues.

Combat the threat of blocked drains with a drain survey. Contact Drainage Consultants today if you think you’ve got drainage problems.

Not all drainage problems are manmade, as nature plays its part in causing damage to drains.

Trees are a major cause of blocked drains and sewage networks. This is because tree roots can cause long-term damage to drains and, if left unattended, this can then lead to building subsidence.

Why are Trees Attracted to Drains?

Moisture forms on drainpipes from condensation. It can also come from leaking joints in the pipework. This moisture attracts tree roots. Sometimes there are excavations close by, and these make it easier for the roots to burrow into the ground to reach pipes.

Typically, the roots will follow the course of the excavation trenches originally in place to lay the pipework.

Once the tree roots reach the pipes they can end up making further inroads through joints in the pipework, or entering where there are fractures and cracks.

What Damage Can There Be?

Most drainage networks use clay pipes with joints made up of sand and cement. Trees can enter this type of pipework. If they do, they can then, over time, reduce the bore, or diameter, of the pipe, making it less effective at its job of carrying drain water away.

Tree root incursion may also fracture the pipework, which will then cause it to leak. Leaking pipework, if not within the property but under the ground, can eventually undermine a building’s foundations.

How a Drain Survey Helps

If a property is located near trees, or has trees within its boundary, then a drain survey is essential for finding out if the tree roots are burrowing near, or into, the property’s pipework.

Ultimately, the aim is to be preventative, but even if damage has already occurred, getting to it sooner rather than later can save a lot of trouble and expense.

A drain survey is there to give answers, uncover problems and reassure homeowners and landlords when it comes to protecting property in the long-term.

Don’t gamble with your property’s future. A drain survey is cost-effective, quick and efficient. Contact Drainage Consultants to arrange yours.

We like to grumble about the weather in the UK, especially the amount of rainfall we get. However, the onset of excessive rain should also serve as a warning about our drains and whether drainage networks can cope.

Wetter weather now seems to be a fact of life, but when it gets serious, if drains aren’t up to the job, flooding can follow.

It’s therefore crucial to maintain drains, and this is where a drain survey plays such a vital role.

What is in Our Control?   

Acts of God is a legal term, describing events that happen without manmade involvement, such as floods and other extreme weather events.

While it is true that certain aspects of flooding, rainfall for example, are outside the remit of anyone’s control, there are things we can do to mitigate its worst effects.

Drains are essential for helping deal with groundwater and ensuring it runs off into reservoirs. If drains are inadequate to this task, it can lead to flooding.

At the same time, if wastewater drains are not properly functional, in times of excessive wet weather, they can overflow due to the inability of the system to cope.

Backed up wastewater is unpleasant, and a potential health hazard.

Check Your Drains

If you have any notion that your drains are not functioning properly, now is the time to act – before any crisis with them occurs.

You might be experiencing bad smells from your drains, or notice that water takes longer to drain from a sink.

You can also find that persistent wet weather can damage older drain networks over time, leading to collapsed drains.

A drain survey, using CCTV technology, is an ideal way to discover if there are issues with your drainage network. This is a cost-effective means of inspecting your drains without resorting to digging up land for exploratory purposes.

It allows us to see what’s going on, and to record it.

We can then compile a comprehensive report on your drainage network, with an accompanying DVD of our CCTV footage.

It’s best to ensure your drains are prepared for wet weather. Contact Drainage Consultants today for your drain survey.

Is Big Brother watching you, and does it matter? The issue about the surveillance society keeps cropping up, along with the question of whether it matters when we’re being captured on CCTV so much of the time.

But for drains and drainage issues, surveillance is undoubtedly a good thing.

The CCTV drain survey is an essential diagnostic tool in discovering otherwise hidden issues affecting drain networks.

The Benefits of Spying

Context is the thing that makes all the difference with surveillance and spying. CCTV cameras are used routinely in medical procedures and for diagnostic purposes and no one complains about it.

The same is true for drainage. By using CCTV technology, we can discover more about drains, and save both time and money in the process.

Without CCTV technology, we might need to conduct exploratory excavation work, and the whole process of finding the root causes of drainage issues can be lengthier, and involve more resources, and expense.

There can be tricky location factors, where buildings and other utilities cause complications in diagnosing drainage issue. And where there are construction and refurbishment projects, existing drainage plans can often be out of date.

A CCTV drain survey provides much-needed answers about drainage networks.

How CCTV Works for Drains

Using specially developed technology, we can send a camera down the drainage network and remotely record its progress. This will provide valuable information regarding the state of the drains, including where there are any damaged areas.

It also means we can get an up-to-date picture regarding inspection chambers and manhole entry points.

CCTV allows us to put together up to date plans of drainage networks, and, where necessary, provide full DVD footage to accompany our findings.

Where work is required, this data provides a full, diagnostic background to any proposed plan of action.

Our customers get full visibility, both of the drainage network, and of our plans and what we base our quotations on.

Facilities that work are essential to pretty much all buildings, and drainage is one such facility. We don’t think about how they work, until they stop working. Then we notice.

It might be the smell, or the fact that they’re not draining, or are fully backed up. Whatever the reason, once a drain stops working it becomes a priority. What you require is a drainage inspection.

Sometimes this means diagnosis, through a CCTV drain survey, or at other times, more direct action straight away.

This is what happened recently, as a result of a pump station failure at a business park.


A Timely Intervention

We were called to a pub where they were unable to use any of their facilities. Not only this, but they had an imminent meeting scheduled on site and so required a same-day resolution.

In situations like this one, whereas we might normally commission a CCTV drain survey to get a clear idea of the cause of the problem, here time was going to be an issue.

What we needed to do was act swiftly and decisively.

On arriving on site, we discovered that the pump station was no longer working. This was due to the pumps overheating, and therefore tripping out.

Down the line, this meant that in the pub, the drainage levels were not dropping.


The Solution

This was a case of setting the pumps in reverse to remove any blockages. Once this had happened, we could reset the pumps to begin working again as normal.

The levels dropped, and the pub had its toilets working again. All in time for the important meeting with a utilities provider on site the next day.

The entire job took us one and a half hours, to remove the back-up from the system and drop the pump station’s levels.

A final check revealed the manholes were all clear, and the pub had its full flow restored.

Sometimes drainage issues call for a quick solution. Contact Drainage Consultants for your drainage inspection.

House price inflation continues its seemingly unstoppable rise, according to figures for the year to April 2017. This despite reports from mortgage lenders that the market was slowing down.

cctvdrainsurveyThe Office for National Statistics (ONS) has reported that the average house price in the UK increased by 5.6% in the year to April – a six month high.

Property is a serious investment, whether that’s the reason you’re buying it or not. But if you’re considering buying, or if you need to sell, how do you ensure that you’re maintaining that value?

A CCTV drain survey is one way of protecting your property investment and these are becoming increasingly commonplace for home buyers.

Not Just About Buildings

Whereas a structural survey will tell you about the condition of your property, whether buying or selling, it won’t look at the infrastructure serving the property, in particular the drains.

Why are drains important? Having a drain in a poor condition can indicate problems later on, such as leaks and blockages.

Moreover, there can be hidden dangers with damaged drains. A collapsed drain, for example, may not be obvious, but it could be leaking water into the surrounding ground which will then undermine the foundations of the property.

To help prevent issues like subsidence, therefore, a CCTV drain survey can play an essential role.

What is Involved?

A CCTV drain survey involves us sending a camera down your drains to view and record the internal state of the drainage network.

This gives us the information to help us compile a comprehensive report on the condition of your drains, including the CCTV footage we’ve taken on a DVD.

A drain survey will reveal the structural condition of your drains and allow us to conduct a full analysis.

If there are misconnections, the survey will reveal them. We can also detect rat infestation from the survey information.

Normal surveyors typically do not have the necessary specialist equipment to carry out a thorough drain survey, but many mortgage lenders and insurers now require a drainage survey.

Ideally, you should arrange your CCTV drain survey well in advance of exchange of contract.

If you want to protect your property, contact Drainage Consultants today to arrange a CCTV drain survey.

Research from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt Academy suggests that the increased run-off water from paved gardens could eventually overwhelm the UK’s drainage system.
This makes maintaining and inspecting drains a critical issue. One way of helping ensure drains are working properly is with a CCTV drain survey.
What Does the Future Hold for Drainage?
More and more people are paving over their front gardens, principally to provide additional car-parking space. This increase in paved gardens has serious implications for drainage.
The long-term impact of climate change is likely to be more extreme weather, including storms, with plenty of concentrated rainfall.
In such circumstances, with reduced ground absorbency due to paved gardens, the rain run-off will flow into the drainage system, which will be unable to cope with the excess.
The increased volume of run-off, by 2080, could see Edinburgh experience the equivalent of 12 Olympic swimming pools in excess water, according to the research.
Associate professor at Heriot-Watt, Dr David Kelly has pointed out that domestic front gardens make up some 30% of urban space, and therefore play a vital role in surface drainage. As traditional front lawns disappear, so the risk of flooding increases.
Acting Now to Protect Drainage
What measures will alter this crisis scenario? There are various forms of absorbent surface technology involving porous stone and other materials, but it is also vital that drains are kept in good working order.
A CCTV drain survey is now a well-established means of checking drainage networks and people’s domestic drains.
It allows for an inspection of a drain without extensive preparatory excavations taking place, making it both efficient and cost-effective.
For your future peace of mind, you must ensure that your drains are working as well as they should be. Drains can deteriorate over time. You can even have a collapsed drain on your property and not know about it – if your drain is underground it might be leaking into the ground and can eventually undermine your house’s foundations.
Drainage may be set to become a big issue for the future, but you can act now to protect your property with a CCTV drain survey.