When it comes to your home or commercial property, there are certain aspects that are easier to understand than others and one of the more intricate parts of a building is its plumbing system. These subsurface networks of drains and pipes are essential for the proper functioning of any property, however, they can be complex to understand without the proper equipment and knowledge.

If in the preparative stages before any sort of building work or refurbishment, it is imperative that a full understanding of the drains and pipes below the surface is gained before work can begin. This is done by conducting a drainage survey and accurately mapping the layout of drains below a building.

Here is Drainage Consultants Ltd’s quick guide to drain mapping.

What Is Drain Mapping?

As the name suggests, drain mapping involves identifying and locating the different elements of a building’s drainage system in order to build a complete understanding of its layout. Drain inspection is a necessary process to be conducted before any construction or renovation works can take place above existing drains.

How Are Drains Mapped?

When it comes to mapping a network of drains, specialised equipment such as a drain camera is used in order to gather visual information from below the surface. By conducting a CCTV drain survey, a detailed and comprehensive map of the drainage system is developed.

Of course, mapping drains is no easy task and it is essential to use the services of trained professionals to ensure accurate and efficient service.

What Is Gained?

Done properly, drain surveys and mapping provide construction workers, architects and planners with detailed information regarding internal and external drains, manholes, water flow and inspection chambers.

With this knowledge, building works can go ahead safely and efficiently without the risk of disrupting or damaging the drainage systems below the site. What’s more, drain mapping allows building work to be planned with existing drainage structures in mind, saving time and money.

Drainage Consultants Ltd: Drain Mapping Experts

If you’re planning construction work above an existing network of drains and require a survey or mapping, look no further than Drainage Consultants Ltd. With decades of experience, we take pride in offering our customers a wide range of services, from drain mapping to domestic repair work.

What’s more, our expert team is always happy to discuss your requirements and schedule a consultation. Don’t hesitate, get in touch with us today/

Call us on 08000 654 111 or send an email to enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk.

As the owner of a restaurant or public house, it goes without saying that properly functioning drainage systems are crucial to the running of your business. Not only do they ensure that your premises are pleasant and hygienic to visit, but they also give you peace of mind that you are operating in line with legislation regarding waste management.

If a drainage system is ineffective or encounters problems, it can have major repercussions for a business, causing closures, bad reviews and costing money. For these reasons, it is best to stay one step ahead of any issues by using the services of a professional drainage company.

Here are a few reasons why drainage specialists are essential for your business.

Hygiene

First and foremost, hygiene should be a number one priority for any establishment serving food or drinks, and a well-maintained drainage system is essential for hygiene standards. If blockages or leaks occur, it can cause a back-up of waste which results in foul smells, contamination and an incredibly unhygienic environment.

Fortunately, with the expertise of a drainage specialist, problems can be rectified quickly and efficiently. This minimises the amount of time your restaurant will have to close for and ensure your doors are back open in no time.

Prevention

Of course, it is much more effective to prevent blockages and drainage issues altogether. This can be achieved through regular maintenance and drainage surveys, allowing problems to be identified, predicted and prevented before they develop.

Using techniques such as drain mapping, CCTV drain cameras and dye testing, a drain repair expert will be able to identify even the most complex of issues. This prevents the need for closure at any point and ensures your business can run smoothly at all times.

Regulation

What’s more, water that leaves restaurants and pubs via drainage systems is regulated. This means that proper drain management is vital as any water containing fats, oils, grease or food scraps can lead to prosecution and fines for your business.

Using the services of a trusted drainage consultant is the surest way to keep your business in line with legislation and prevent any costly fines.

Drainage Consultants Ltd: Maintenance, Surveys And Repairs

When it comes to your restaurant’s drainage systems, it is always better to be prepared and use the services of a professional service. If you’re in need of drain cleaning, maintenance or repair work, look no further than Drain Consultants Ltd.

Our team takes pride in using their expertise combined with the newest technology to find the most efficient solution for your drainage problems. Don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Call us now on 08000 654 111 or send an email to enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk.

As far as home maintenance is concerned, there are a number of elements crucial to keeping your property safe, clean and functioning. One of these is, of course, efficient drainage and plumbing. Without a properly functioning drainage system, your home could encounter a number of serious issues that could be a danger to your hygiene and even your home’s structural integrity.

With British weather remaining as unpredictable as ever, even in summer, drains become overwhelmed and, at times, can lead to blockages. While this isn’t always a huge issue, it is essential to rectify the problem before it develops into something more time-consuming and costly.

Here is Drainage Consultants Ltd’s guide to the long-term dangers of blocked drains.

Leakage

Of all the problems that occur due to a blockage, leaks are among the most common. Build-up within drains can lead to a largely reduced water flow which causes an increase in pressure. This, in turn, can put a real strain on your home’s plumbing system, leading to burst pipes and significant leaks.

These problems are more common in older properties, especially if the drainage and plumbing systems have been neglected for several years. What’s more, cracked or leaking pipes can pose serious issues for your home, causing the development of mould, mildew and rot.

Resurgence

In addition to the physical threats to your home such as leaks and pipe cracking, are a number of hygiene issues that may occur. As drains become clogged, they are no longer able to dispose of waste properly which can lead to it sitting in your pipes and even travelling back into your toilets and sinks.

Not only is this incredibly unhygienic, but it can also lead to foul odours and make your home an incredibly unpleasant environment.

Structural Damage

Finally, perhaps the most serious of all the issues that can occur as a result of blocked drains is damage to your property’s structure. This can come as a result of the issues named above, such as leaking and rot, or a burst pipe could cause serious damage to its surroundings. Damage to your home’s structural integrity can be incredibly expensive to repair, so it is best to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Drainage Consultants Ltd

In the event of blockages or other problems in your home or commercial property, it is crucial to employ the services of professionals to identify and rectify the problem efficiently. Here at Drainage Consultants Ltd, we specialise in every aspect of drainage work, using a range of modern technology such as drain inspection cameras and drain CCTV to identify and solve your problems.

If you are experiencing issues with your drains, plumbing or sewer systems, our team is always happy to help. Get in touch with us today for a consultation.

Call us now on 08000 654 111 or send an email to enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk.

As with any house or commercial property, the upkeep of drain maintenance and functionality is crucial. Ensuring that drainage systems are working smoothly at all times is important not only for basic hygiene reasons but also for the structural integrity of the building itself.

Of course, problems arise in residential and commercial properties alike and although they may be minor issues, resolving them swiftly is always a good idea. Larger issues may require invasive repair work such as digging out a trench to access a section of the damaged pipe. However, in some circumstances, this isn’t necessary and non-structural repair work may be carried out using alternative methods.

One effective method of non-invasive drain repair work is known as drain lining. This technique allows small cracks and leaks to be fixed without the need to dig up any part of the system.

Here is Drainage Consultants Ltd’s guide to drain lining.

How Does Drain Lining Work?

Essentially, drain lining is a process in which the inside of a pipe is covered with a plastic lining which adheres to the existing pipe, sealing any cracks and reinforcing the structure.

Before the liner is inserted, the drain is cleaned and assessed in order to identify the extent of the damage and be sure that drain lining is a suitable solution. Once any cracking or damage has been identified, the drain liner is slowly fed through the damaged drain.

Once the liner is fully inserted, an airbag is inflated within it, causing it to press firmly against the pipe. The liner then solidifies over time and the airbag is removed from the drain, leaving a tough lining around the inside and sealing and cracks or leaks.

When Is it Necessary?

Drain lining is necessary when a pipe or drainage system has experienced extensive damage or wear at multiple points and is a cost-effective alternative to excavating and replacing a whole pipe.

As a non-invasive method of repair, drain lining is a viable solution in situations where digging up drains is not an option. What’s more, it is usually a relatively inexpensive and swift process, taking around a day to complete including the curing time.

Drain Lining Repair Work

When it comes to drain maintenance and repair work, it is crucial to employ the services of trained professionals with the correct knowledge, equipment and experience to carry out the job.

Here at Drainage Consultants Ltd, we take pride in providing high-quality repair work on both commercial and domestic properties. From drain lining and patch repairs to excavation and replacement, our friendly team are experienced in every aspect of drainage work.

Don’t hesitate, get in touch with us today to arrange a consultation and discuss your requirements.

Call us on 08000 654 111 or send an email to enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk

There are various innovative and efficient approaches to investigating the condition of drains. Some of the main approaches include CCTV drain survey, dye testing, drain mapping and sonar drain tracing. Whilst these techniques can be used in the event of issues with a drainage system they can also be used as part of a planned maintenance schedule. Regular maintenance ensures that any issues with a drainage system are identified early ensuring that they can be resolved as cost-effectively as possible.

Modern approaches to investigating and resolving problems with drainage systems place a focus on avoiding excavation where possible. This reduces the disruption caused by fixing drains and ensures that costs are kept as low as possible. A drainage maintenance schedule for businesses will vary depending on the sector. In sectors such as food factories where there is scope for oil to enter the drainage system regular maintenance and cleaning is often required to be carried out more regularly. If there are persistent problems within a drainage system, drainage companies can provide detailed investigations to help find the most efficient solution.

Read more for further information on the most effective approaches to drain investigation.

CCTV Drain Survey

If a drainage system is not working properly it is important that an efficient approach is taken to identifying and resolving issues before they start to compound. Close-circuit TV (CCTV) drain surveys offer a cost-effective approach to gaining an accurate picture of the condition of a  drainage system. There are a wide range of instances when CCTV drain surveys can be useful. In purchasing a house carrying out a CCTV drain survey can be a significant step in determining whether there are any issues that would impact the value of the property.

A CCTV drain survey can also be useful in establishing the layout of a drainage system and will provide information on drainage run location, pipework condition and defects, materials used, and any hidden connections. Drain cameras can be used to identify issues with pipes whether below or above ground providing a detailed recording to ensure all problems within a system can be promptly fixed. This can often provide the best approach where there are difficulties accessing a system and can help ensure disruption is minimised when investigating drainage systems.

Using a camera inserted into the drainage system, CCTV surveys are used to create a recording and report on any issues and maintenance requirements for a drainage system. At Drainage Consultants Ltd our CCTV survey service includes providing a DVD recording with footage of the drains in addition to a detailed report on the conclusions reached from the survey. Our reports prioritise clear and concise information on the condition and layout of the drainage system and any maintenance requirements within the system. Depending on the complexity of the system, the timeframe for a CCTV survey will vary. For many houses CCTV surveys can take as little as one hour to complete.

Dye Testing

Dye testing is another effective method of identifying issues within drainage systems. This can often be the best approach with complex drainage systems where there are challenges to identifying the location of issues. This can help show which pipes are allowing water to flow and which pipes contain blockages. By using this dye testing it is possible to accurately identify where there are issues with blockages impeding the flow of water. Similarly to CCTV survey, dye testing provides an approach which efficiently and cost-effectively provides information on a drainage system whilst minimising disruption.

Specialist biodegradable drain tracing dyes that dissolve in water are used in this process ensuring that dye testing is an environmentally friendly approach to drain investigations. In addition to providing information on water flow, dye testing can also help establish the location of any leaks within a drainage system. Information from dye testing can be used to ensure that the relevant area within a complex drainage system is fixed without causing significant disruption. This is one of the quickest approaches to gaining clear and precise information on the water flow throughout a system.

Drain Mapping

There are a wide range of benefits to providing a detailed map of a drainage system. One instance is to gain a better understanding of the surrounding infrastructure before planning building work. Local councils have access to drainage plans for the local area so this can be one option before building work starts. Using a drainage mapping service provided by an experienced drainage company can have a range of benefits. Drain mapping can also be useful to commercial organisations with information useful for plans such as risk management for flooding.

One of the main benefits in using a drainage mapping service is the range of detailed information included. In addition to schematic plans, a drainage company can provide footage from CCTV drainage surveys and survey sheets to help gain a detailed understanding of any steps that need to be taken. This information is crucial to the success of a building project, providing an awareness of the drainage system as this will need to be taken into account. Depending on the proximity of the drainage system to building works, in some instances footage from CCTV drain surveys of the drains will need to be provided to the Local Water Authority both before work has commenced and once the project has been completed.

Drain mapping is also an important step when coming up with a plan for regular scheduled maintenance of a drainage system. If you are planning to build an extension, drain mapping can help save money by providing information on the required parameters of a building project. This also forms an important part of planning applications providing clear information on how the structure of a drainage system has been factored into plans for a building project. By avoiding the risk of building work impacting pipework in a drainage system, drain mapping provides a key cost-saving investment at the outset of building projects.

Sonar Drain Tracing

Sonar drain tracing provides an innovative and efficient approach to diagnosing issues with a drain. Often, sonar drain tracing will be used alongside CCTV drain surveys to provide additional information on the condition of a drainage system. By using innovative approaches such as sonar drain tracing this helps ensure that issues with drains can be quickly resolved. This approach involves transmitting electric pulses from above ground. Using specialist equipment this non-invasive approach can offer a cost-effective approach to gaining information on a drainage system.

Choosing The Right Approach

The best approach to drainage investigation will vary depending on the system in question. Often it may be required to employ a range of methods to identify complex issues with drains. In addition to providing a quick diagnostic option for drains, services such as CCTV drain surveys and sonar drain tracing also remove the requirement for disruptive excavating in identifying issues with drains. Once specialist diagnostic equipment has been used to accurately identify the scope of any issues within a drainage system, the most efficient approach can then be taken to resolve the problem.

Gaining detailed information on a drainage system is one of the initial steps in many building projects and can lead to significant savings where problems with drains are identified early. Using a range of different approaches when investigating drains can help ensure that a detailed picture is provided of the condition and maintenance requirements. For information on the best approach to drain investigation for your drainage system, booking a consultation with your local drainage service company is a good first step.

Get in Touch

Our experienced team at Drainage Consultants Ltd are specialists in a wide range of innovative commercial and domestic drainage solutions. With 20 years of experience, we can offer drain cleaning. Using specialist equipment our team can provide efficient diagnostic services and cost effectively resolve the full range of issues with drainage systems. With services including drain investigation, drain cleaning, tanker work, drain rehabilitation we can provide free consultations to discuss the best option for your drainage system.

To discuss how we can help with any draining-related issues get in touch with our knowledge and helpful team today by calling 08000 654 111 or emailing us at enquiries@drainageconsultantsltd.co.uk.

Roots can be a major problem when they grow into your drainage system. If there is the slightest leak in the drain pipes, plants will direct their roots there for water and nutrients. This can result in cracked pipes and blocked drainage systems. But which plants are the worst invaders? Let’s take a closer look.

Willow Trees

These beautiful trees offer lovely playhouses for children and they look amazing. However, their roots can be quite difficult to eliminate and they’ll head straight to your drainage pipes. They can cause some big issues.

Citrus Trees

While citrus isn’t commonly planted in the average garden, you should avoid them altogether unless they’re potted. This is due to the fact that they will tend to grow into your pipes and can ruin your drainage.

Oak Trees

Big, beautiful, and ancient, oak trees can be a beautiful addition to a garden. Unfortunately, they tend to grow supplemental roots that can reach up to 100 metres from the trunk and are likely to take advantage of any cracks in the drainage system.

Holly Shrubs

Holly may be a nice addition to your garden, but keep it away from your plumbing. These plants will reach pretty far if they don’t get the necessary nutrients right by the plant. They’ll get into cracks, as well and can crack open your pipes.

Ivy

Who doesn’t love a beautiful ivy plant growing up a brick wall? While this plant is quite decorative, it can get into a tiny crack in the drainage system and then fill it up, causing a massive blockage. It also grows very quickly, particularly with the right nutrients.

Boxwood Shrubs

If your boxwood hedge gets too close to your drainage system, it may cause extensive damage. The roots can spread rapidly and are good at exploiting weak points in the pipes.

Are you dealing with the blockages that are caused by roots in your drainage system? Drainage Consultants Ltd can help. We’ll remove the roots and fix your drainage system to ensure it stays root free for as long as possible. Contact us for an appointment.

Petrol interceptors prevent oil and petrol from running into the channel drain. While this is a vital task, it does mean that your interceptor can become clogged. This means you will need to regularly maintain it to ensure your system runs properly.

How the Petrol Interceptor Works

You’ll find oil and petrol interceptors anywhere vehicles commonly frequent. Car parks, petrol stations, and construction sites are just a few of the areas where these are needed to prevent runoff water from polluting the surrounding soil and groundwater.

The basic function of the interceptor is to sort out the petrol and the oil. This is done by having all the water runoff from the rain, washing, etc. run through a channel drain. The water goes through the interceptor, which filters the various contaminants into multiple chambers.

Inside each chamber of the interceptor, there is a dip pipe that makes it possible for oil and petrol to move to the surface. There, it’s trapped and the cleaned water can move through the filter. Any fumes are released through an air vent system to prevent vapour build up.

Cleaning the Interceptor

Unfortunately, all the contaminants that have been trapped in the filter eventually clog the system. If not cleaned regularly, the entire design will fail and contaminants can end up in the local environment.

Your petrol interceptor will need to be cleaned on a regular basis, but it’s also important to clear the channel drain. It will have petrol and oil clinging to the surfaces, which must be removed. After this is completed, you can remove the dirt and debris, as well as the oil and petrol from the interceptor tanks.

This process is quite delicate, as you must be sure that none of the contaminants you’re clearing out will end up washing into the soil. As the tanks and dip pipes are flushed, you will need to take great care to avoid polluting the surrounding area.

Depending on the amount of water that runs through the interceptor, you will need to clean it at least once every three to six months. It’s best to use an interceptor maintenance service like the one offered here at Drainage Consultants Ltd to manage this for you, due to the care that must be taken. Contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Your main sewer line is where everything in your home runs out. If it is clogged, it can result in a serious problem. Not only will you have sewage backing up into the building, but you’ll also have the smell and hazards that come with it.

DIY Methods of Unblocking Drains

Most clogs occur in a toilet or sink drain, rather than the main sewer line. These can usually be dislodged with a plunger. In some cases, you may need a drain cleaner to dissolve the blockage. However, if the blockage is in the main line and is not easily eliminated, you’ll need some outside help.

Regular drains in your home can usually be cleared out with chemicals. If this doesn’t work, you can try a drain snake, which may be twisted into the drain or toilet to help catch on the blockage and either pull it out or make a hole in it. These are commonly used when the blockage is too far into the drainpipe to eliminate with chemicals or a plunger.

You can also try opening the U-pipe under a sink that is blocked to see if you can reach the clog. If none of these methods works, you most likely have a blockage in the main sewer line.

Dealing with Main Pipe Blockages

Unfortunately, the main sewer line is not usually blocked with just debris or hair. It could easily be a line that has collapsed, or it may be that tree roots have gotten into the pipe and are now preventing flow.

You’ll need help to deal with any of these possibilities. A company like Drainage Consultants Ltd can use a hydro jet to blast any simple blockage out of the pipe. This is an easy way to eliminate actual clogs.

The company can also eliminate tree roots or resurface a pipe that is deteriorating or that has collapsed. These scenarios tend to require special equipment, so you have to have a professional come in to deal with it.

Stay on top of any clogs in your drainage so you’ll be aware if there is a main sewer line blockage. This means you can get help rapidly for the issue and prevent more damage from being done.

If you’re facing issues with your sewage system, get in touch with Drainage Consultants Ltd today. We’ll help get your system in excellent working order once again.

For many rural areas, culverts or ditches are the best way to ensure excess water doesn’t collect in one place. These are designed to direct the excess to drainage areas. However, they can become clogged or blocked and may need maintenance. Here are the signs that your culvert needs to be cleaned.

Weeds Are Taking Over

Check the culvert regularly to inspect for plant growth. Since rainwater often brings silt and topsoil running into the ditch, it’s often a prime area for weeds to grow up. They can fill the space rapidly and prevent water from running through properly. You should either take steps to prevent the green growth or prepare to cut it frequently.

The Culvert is Shallower

Does the culvert seem shallower? It may be. It’s a good idea to check this before winter and again in the spring, as the snow melts. Silt, leaves, and other types of debris can add to the base of the culvert, which means it will have less space for water to flow. This can result in the water overflowing onto nearby roads or property.

Rubbish is Building Up

Often, when a ditch runs near a road, particularly a public one, rubbish is tossed into it. Assorted waste may also wash into the space from rainwater and runoff. Either way, this can prevent water from properly draining and you’ll need to deal with it. There are usually grids or filters before any major drainage pipe, to prevent rubbish from washing into it.

Who Cleans Your Culvert?

You can clean your own culvert, but this can take up a lot of time and energy. Due to this, you may want to hire someone who can do it rapidly. A company with a truck will have the equipment necessary to rapidly remove debris, rubbish, silt, and plants from the culvert, leaving it clean and ready to handle all the water that may come through.

Drainage is a big concern in most areas and you should be sure you have proper drainage at all times. The amount of damage done by flooding can be severe, so it is a good idea to hire a company such as Drainage Consultants Ltd to prevent your ditch from becoming blocked. Contact us today to find out more.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.