Why Excessive Rain is a Warning for Drains

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.