The drain is the scene of a crime. Something has gone badly wrong, systems have failed and the consequences are hideous: foul sewage water has backed up. There’s a lot of mess and the smell really isn’t too pleasant either. You can try putting chemicals down there, you can even poke about using a wire coat-hanger, but in the end, in your heart of hearts, you know it’s time to call in
the experts.

So the drainage detectives pull up at the scene of the crime. You’ve given them the lowdown on what to expect, but the thing is, drains are hidden. Like you, they can see, and smell, the symptoms of the problem, but they’re going to have to do some professional investigating to get to the heart of the matter, the bottom of the problem.

So what are they going to do next? This is where CCTV is of enormous benefit. Now we all know about CCTV generally. It’s pretty much everywhere, on street corners, in buildings, on roads. There’s a lot of talk about the surveillance society and just how watched we’ve become.

But here’s another viewpoint: CCTV can be enormously useful and helpful. Technology has allowed cameras to be employed across a range of situations, from medical to military, from crime prevention to, well, drain investigation.

The CCTV drain survey gives us, your drainage professionals, a vital insight into the state of your drains, without them having to conduct more invasive investigations. CCTV is a major tool when it comes to investigating and diagnosing drainage problems because it allows us to get into otherwise difficult to access areas. Our cameras will accurately record the state of your drains and the footage provides the basis for a comprehensive, diagnostic report.

So back we go to the scene of the crime. It may not quite be an open and shut case, but with CCTV technology, it’s definitely a case we can crack.

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

It’s a fact of life that drains don’t clean themselves, and they get a lot of use and suffer a lot of wear and tear. We won’t go too far into the grim details, but plenty passes through your drains daily, including:

• bath and shower water
• dishwater; and
• toilet paper.

Clearly this isn’t the whole story. When you wash up there’s probably food waste and grease; when you shower and bath, and shave, there’s hair. Small pieces of soap can gradually clog up your drains, as can items you should never put down there, such as cotton wool buds, coffee grounds, paper towels, cooking fat and oil and solid food waste.

With constant use, and with the best will in the world, drains can become less efficient over time as they get coated in waste, and deposits build inside them. You may notice that your drains have started to smell, or that wastewater takes longer to drain away. These are symptoms that your drains are not at their best.

Now there are commercially available drain unblocking products you can try, but if you’re having to keep doing it, the message is that something is not right and it’s likely to get worse.

Which is where a CCTV drain survey proves its value. Using state-of-the-art technology we can put a camera down your drain, and follow your drain network, recording all the normally hidden details. This is a proven method for drain detection, and it’s both cost effective and non-disruptive – we won’t be digging around just to find out what state your drains are in.

At the end of it we produce a full report of our findings, together with a DVD of the actual CCTV drain survey footage, and our recommendations for remedial or preventative action.

We’re Drainage Consultants and we love sorting drains out. Contact us today and see how you can benefit from a CCTV drain survey.

Before considering whether or not it’s worthwhile having a CCTV drain survey, think about what sort of a threat poor drainage could be to your property.

Firstly, what about the drains that should carry surface water away? We live in a wet country, and some years are much, much wetter than others. Storm drains are designed to carry surface water away, but if they’re not working properly, this water won’t be going anywhere. Water that’s left to stand can seep into walls and eventually lead to decay. This sort of damage may take a long period of time to build up, but leaving your drains unattended will only make things worse in the long run.

Next there are your foul drains to think about. These carry wastewater away into the public sewer and drainage system. Foul really can mean foul if they get blocked up. The smell alone should alert you to the fact that something’s wrong. Blocked drains are a potential health hazard as well as an inconvenience and whichever way you look at it, they’re not pleasant to live with.

The thing about drains is that they are just there. You don’t generally give them a lot of thought unless, or until, something goes wrong. But it really is worthwhile considering having them inspected, particularly if you suspect that they are not functioning to the best of their capabilities.

One of the easiest, least disruptive and most cost effective ways of having your drains inspected is with a CCTV drain survey. We use the latest technology to send a camera into your drainage system so we can record exactly what condition it’s in.

We have team of professionals highly experienced in conducting drain surveys in a variety of commercial and domestic environments. Our CCTV drain survey will form the basis of a full report on your drainage system, including a DVD of the actual footage taken.

Whether it’s to diagnose a problem, or for mortgage or insurance purposes, a CCTV drain survey is the ideal way of ensuring your drains aren’t going to cause your property any lasting damage. Contact Drainage Consultants now for
more information.

Why would you have a CCTV drain survey? Let’s work back a bit: the most effective means easily available of clearing a blocked drain is a chemical cleaner, bought off the shelf. However, this kind of cleaner does contain harmful agents and is definitely hazardous if it comes into contact with your skin. If your drains are persistently poor in how they function, what then is the likely cumulative impact of continually using a chemical drain cleaner?

Chemical cleaners often contain sodium hydroxide, which is highly caustic. Prolonged use may eventually damage the local eco system, and your pipework. The question then becomes one of whether you have a long-term drainage problem if you’re having to resort to a chemical drain cleaner all the time.

How can you easily find out what condition your drains are in? The answer is a CCTV drain survey. With this method, cameras are pulled through your pipework, providing a clear, visual record of how your drains are looking. A CCTV drain survey is a way of giving your drains a proper health check. If they’re not flowing as well as you would expect them to, this is one way of finding
out why.

Not only will this work uncover any problem areas or damaged drains, it will also result in a comprehensive plan of your drainage system. This is particularly useful when it comes to selling a property, as banks, mortgage lenders and insurers can often request a drain survey. So, if you’ve had a CCTV drain survey completed prior to your property going on the market, or you want to alter it with building work, you’re likely to be speeding up the whole process.

In short, a CCTV drain survey has multiple direct and indirect advantages: it can diagnose long- and short-term drain issues; it will help satisfy mortgage lenders and insurers; it may save you money in the long run by uncovering problems early on; and it helps the environment if it means you no longer have to persistently pour chemicals down your drains to clean them.

Get in touch with Drainage Consultants today to arrange for your CCTV drain survey. It’s a cost-effective means of giving you peace of mind about your drains.

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

Drains and sewers can be a problem when it comes to building. There are recorded cases of people wanting to alter properties or add extensions only to discover that the position of drains and sewers makes proposed work difficult, if not impossible. In worse case scenarios, work has already commenced, at some expense, when the problems become apparent.

In 2004 a couple in Hampshire had planning permission to build an extension to their detached house only to find out from the local council that the position of a rising foul drain was likely to cause a problem. The existing plans had revealed nothing and the couple were put in a position where their scheduled extension was delayed while they spent more money redrawing and resubmitting their plans following a full survey of the site.

The key is to be prepared, to act in advance, and in so doing, save money and possible heartache. Drain tracing is a key part of the process in discovering what exactly lies beneath a building, and in obtaining up to date knowledge to therefore safeguard planning for building works.

Drain tracing involves the use of state-of-the-art technology to transmit electrical pulses, which can help pinpoint features of the concealed drain network. These might include concealed manholes or parts of the network that have become damaged over time.

Drain tracing provides a comprehensive picture of what a drain network looks like and what kind of condition it is in. This is the sort of knowledge that’s vital when considering building work.

Don’t risk disappointment and be prepared – contact Drainage Consultants today to find out how effective drain tracing can be in saving you time and trouble.

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

What are the main causes of collapsed drains? Tree roots can grow into pipe joints, eventually cracking them apart. Sometimes ground movement can cause pipes to misalign or even break. Drains on your property may be nearer to the surface than mains sewers, which means any unstable ground areas could cause you difficulties, or even accidents.

The signs that you have a collapsed drain might be blockages or ground depressions. Look out for these signs on your driveway, or in your garden. If you get damp areas on the ground where they haven’t been before this may be an indication of something wrong with your drains.
What should you do to be sure of what you’re dealing with? The right answer for you is to get a professional drain survey. A drain survey will use a CCTV camera to detect and record any deterioration, damage or faults in your drainage system.

A drain survey will save you time, and in the end it may well save you money, particularly if it uncovers issues that will only get worse if they’re not immediately addressed.

The benefits of a drain survey are that it enables us to examine the state of your drains remotely, minimising costs and disruption. It also gives us a clear record of what’s down there, and forms the basis for a complete report, accompanied by a DVD of the CCTV drain footage.

Whether you’ve got an immediate drainage issue, if you just need reassurance, or if your mortgage lender requires this information, a drain survey is a swift and trouble-free way of getting a full picture of what’s going on with your drains.

You might have the idea of a drainage investigation conjuring up nightmare images of disruption, of dug up driveways and large excavations blocking entrances. In fact, we can conduct a drainage investigation in such a way as to cause minimum disturbance to surroundings. It’s also worth noting that the investigation is actually more likely to reduce the chance of greater disruption later if it shows where there is deterioration before drainage damage gets too severe.

We’ve had plenty of experience in situations where either the drainage investigation has saved the day, or where initial investigations have indicated that we would require a particularly sensitive approach to solving a drainage problem.

Sometimes we can see the symptoms but the cause is a bit of a mystery. Things like persistent pools of water, and interior damp patches. These symptoms may come from hidden damage to drainage culverts, resulting in rainwater gathering and pooling, rather than draining away. This is an ideal opportunity for a CCTV drain survey. This kind of investigation is essentially non-invasive and allows us to gather vital information about the state of a drainage network before looking at any specific solutions. In some cases the drainage investigation will point us in a particular direction whereby we excavate to expose the deterioration, but with enough sensitivity to avoid further damage during this process.

Drainage investigations are like surgery for utilities, requiring a high level of precision work, employing state-of-the-art technology and experienced know-how to achieve the best results. We’re established problem-solvers when it comes to drains, and we’re sensitive to the surroundings in which we find ourselves working.

We’ve even excavated on holy ground, where we’ve been commissioned to provide fresh pipework. In this case, once our initial excavations had exposed the nature of where we were working, we consulted with the church and had on-site advice from a priest and an archaeologist.

A high level clean in Macclesfield.


The nursery supplements it’s income by holding exhibitions in the greenhouses at this time of year however they were concerned that each time it rained the water leaked in from the silted valleys.



We cleared 800 meters of silted valleys over a 4 day period.  Since the valley clean the greenhouses no longer flood when it rains and the nursery owners have been able to promote the exhibition knowing that flooding will not occur…





Despite the government enforcing changes to the ownership of drains in this country back in October 2011, many people are still unsure as to where the responsibility lies when a drainage issue rears its head.

In this article, we will be looking briefly at this issue to hopefully clarify a few things so that should you ever have a need to call out a specialist drainage contractor you understand where you stand from the outset.

Before the new rules were introduced, homeowners had to take responsibility for the drainage of wastewater from their property until it entered the sewerage system. This may have even involved pipes which were outside the boundary of your home.

However, since the end of last year, all private sewers and lateral drains are now included as part of the public network of sewers. Therefore, if any of the drains within your property boundaries are used to service any other property, it is up to the regional water company to deal with it now instead. In addition to this, once the drain has left your land it is not your responsibility either.

In practice, this means that the water company will have a lot more drainage which comes within their remit and so only the drains solely used by your home need to be maintained at your own cost.

Quite a lot has changed in the way that a drainage contractor would approach a situation. This is mainly down to the fact that they can call on trenchless technology which means that a road does not always have to be dug up in order for new pipes to be laid.

An assessment of the area will determine what method is required but the latest drainage equipment and processes mean that the job is so much more efficient these days.

CCTV surveys are used by the professionals to access a particular drainage system. Instead of physically having to check the pipes to see what the cause of the blockage actually is, they can now carry out this technique which utilises a camera to see what is going on in the pipe.

By making good use of such things as CCTV surveys, a drainage engineer can analyse the blockage and suggest an appropriate course of action, all of which will be detailed in the report produced for the client.

Due to these advancements in technology, it makes the nature of the job so much more cost effective for the customer, while the drainage contractor can carry out their work in a much more efficient manner.