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

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

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

Standing water

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

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

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

Slow Moving Water

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

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

Unpleasant Odor

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

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

Clogging

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

Gurgling Noises

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

Water Backup

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

Fruit Flies

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

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

Toilets issues

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

Relying on Liquid Drain Cleaner

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

Drainage Consultants Ltd - The Professional Drainage Contractors Based in Stockport

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

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

Here at Drainage Consultants Ltd, our drainage specialists offer a 24-hour service to customers up and down the country, ensuring that homes and businesses are safe from drainage problems. Whether you’re in need of drain clearance or sewer repair, our drain experts are on call no matter the time of day or night to resolve your issue quickly, efficiently and to the highest possible standard. To find out more, contact us today. We’d be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.

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

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

  1. Improves the longevity of your drains

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

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

  1. Prevent bad odours

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

  1. Removes and prevents blockages

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

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

  1. Helps to avoid overflows

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

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

  1. Saves money in the long term

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

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

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

Get in touch to find out more.

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

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

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

Emergency Drain Clearances

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

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

Drainage Investigations

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

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

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

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

Root-Cutting

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

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

Garden or Land Drainage

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

Drain Rehabilitation

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

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

High-Level Cleaning

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

Facilities Management

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

Drainage Consultants Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

Cooking fats

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

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

Hair

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

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

Leaves and trees

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

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

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

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

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

How does flood water
get into a property?

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

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

Preventative
measures against flooding

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

Identify weak points

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

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

Effective
landscaping

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

Extra drainage

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

Regular drain
maintenance

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

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

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

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

What is drain
lining?

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

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

Drain patch repair

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

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

When to reline your
drain pipes

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

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

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

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

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

The sewer network

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

Screening

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

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

Primary treatment

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

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

Secondary treatment

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

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

Final treatment

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

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

Return to nature

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

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

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

What is a CCTV Drain Survey?

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

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

Why Are They Needed?

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

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

What is Surveyed?

These surveys assess a variety of factors, including:

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

Why Choose Drainage Consultants?

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

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

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

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

How do they work?

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

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

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

Why do I need a treatment plant?

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

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

How do you maintain them?

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

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

How are they different from septic tanks?

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

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

What type of treatment plant do I need?

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

Advantages of a treatment plant

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

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

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

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

Things to consider

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

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

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

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

Why use Drainage Consultants Ltd for your
treatment plant installation?

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

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

Get in touch with Drainage Consultants Ltd
today

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

Living off the grid refers to people who choose to live in homes that are not connected to the electrical grid and can also include utilities like water, gas and sewage. It can be a big challenge, but more people are beginning to take the leap because it is a more environmentally friendly, cheaper and exciting way to live.

While you may think it’s impossible to live off-grid in the
UK, there are countless people who already do it, from the Highlands of
Scotland to the rugged coast of Wales. Choosing this lifestyle means you’re
consciously taking a step towards being more in tune with nature as well as a
host of other benefits. Living off-grid helps you live more intentionally and
can improve mental and physical well-being, allow you to be more free, save you
money and it’s also better for the environment.

Why live off-grid?

There are many reasons families, communities and individuals
choose to live off-grid, so consider what is driving you to want to do the
same.

These are some of the reasons why people choose to live
off-grid:

  • For self-sufficiency
  • To live sustainably
  • To live intentionally
  • To be more in tune with nature
  • To live a healthier lifestyle
  • To seek happiness
  • To get back to their roots
  • To avoid consumerism
  • To give their children a fulfilling upbringing

What does it take to live off-grid?

After spending so much time being trapped inside by a global
pandemic, it’s only natural that many people are searching for alternative ways
to step out of the rat race of modern life. People have been choosing this
lifestyle for decades, giving themselves the freedom to stop paying rent or
immerse themselves in nature. You may be wondering if you’re up to the
challenge, but if off-grid living fits the kind of lifestyle you’re searching
for, it’s definitely worth the effort.

The cost of living off-grid can make stepping away from your
current lifestyle much harder. Everything in our day-to-day is so accessible,
so giving up these amenities can be a tough decision. However, living off-grid
doesn’t mean you have to surrender Netflix, hot showers and a flushing toilet,
but it will take a little extra work to get there.

Here’s how to live off-grid.

Find a location

Very few of us will already own the perfect plot of land to
build an off-grid lifestyle, so you’ll need to put some work into finding the
ideal location. In order to successfully live off-grid, you need to find land
that is both affordable and suitable for your requirements. If you’ve found a
location you love, see if you need to pay council tax and check any other local
laws that you may need to be aware of.

When choosing an area, consider what woodland, arable land
and water sources are available. If your land has plenty of trees, you’ll have
a good source of fuel and building material. However, it should also be fertile
to allow you to grow food or raise livestock if you choose to. Lastly, water is
perhaps the most important factor as there is no life without water. Check if
the plot has access to a stream, river or well.

Planning permission

Sadly, planning permission is something you need to consider
even if you are living off-grid. If you decide to live in a caravan or yurt,
for example, then you won’t need planning permission. However, for permanent
structures, you will need to gain permission from your council. Even if you
just want to make a change to your existing building, it’s still best to check,
as if you don’t obtain planning permission, they may ask you to remove the
structure.

Water

If your plot of land has a water source, that’s great.
However, if you don’t, your options are either rainwater or bore water. We take
water for granted most of the time, but it’s very important for drinking,
cooking, washing and growing food. Collecting rainwater is an option but you
will need a large tank to collect the water and then a special system to filter
it. Drinking contaminated water can make you very ill, so it’s vital you have a
method of purifying and sterilising it.

A borehole will require a geological survey but you can find
companies in the UK that can arrange a survey and drill the borehole for you.

Drainage and waste disposal

When it comes to sewage and drainage, it’s probably
something you’d prefer not to think about. However, it is an important
consideration when choosing to live off-grid.

  • Septic tank and
    drainage field

A septic tank is a common choice
for households that aren’t connected to the mains sewage. A septic tank is
usually buried underground and holds your wastewater and sewage. Solids will
sink to the bottom, light waste floats to the top and forms a crust and
wastewater will remain between the two layers. Depending on the size of your
tank you will need to get it emptied regularly, sometimes around once a year,
to get rid of the sludge and solids.

The remaining wastewater flows out
of the septic tank into a drainage field through a series of perforated pipes.
The wastewater will slowly seep into a gravel bed and the soil below. This
allows aerobic bacteria to break down remaining impurities, ensuring the water
is sufficiently filtered to be released back into the environment.

  • Sewage treatment
    plant

These are a smaller, off-grid
version of a municipal sewage treatment plant. They will be much more effective
at cleaning your sewage and wastewater, allowing it to be discharged straight
into water sources. They also take up less land than a septic tank, if you
don’t have the space.

Sewage treatment plants work by
separating the solids from the wastewater, aerating the water so that aerobic
bacteria can thrive and break down the solid waste particles. Finally, in
another settlement chamber, any remaining fine sludge particles and dead
aerobic bacteria can sink out of the water which is clean enough to be
discharged.

Heating

During the winter months, you might begin to miss how easy
it was to switch the heating on. In terms of off-grid heating, it doesn’t need
to be as basic as a wood-burning stove - although these are a perfectly fine
option for small dwellings like tiny homes or caravans. Heat pumps are a great
option and work by taking the heat from underground to heat your home. Other
options include biomass and thermal collectors. Biomass works by burning wood
or organic matter to create energy. There’s also the option of using portable
heating appliances, depending on how much space there is to heat.

Power

Surprisingly, even though you are off-grid, you can still
get electricity to your home through other methods. This allows you to charge
your appliances, use your TV, wash your clothes and use other devices that make
everything more convenient.

The most common option is installing solar panels. It’s a
sustainable and efficient way of generating power, but you will need batteries
to store the energy. Other off-grid homes use wind power or even water power.
If you live close to a river, this is a great opportunity to set up a
hydropower generator.

Food

Growing your own food is a great way to be even more
self-sufficient, it will save you money and provide a more sustainable
alternative to buying your food. However, it can be time-consuming when you’re
new to farming. There’s a lot to learn but once you’ve got through the first
year, you’ll be an expert at growing fruits, vegetables, grains, raising
livestock for dairy products and meat, building a coop and much more, which you
could even sell to your local community.

There are many great books, youtube videos and websites that
can help you learn everything you need to know to get your homestead up and
running. Learning how to grow, store and cook your own food as well as forage,
keep bees and tend to livestock will give you an endless supply of delicious
and healthy food.

Drainage Consultants Ltd: Stockport’s drainage
specialists

We are professional drainage experts based in
Stockport, offering a range of services to help you with any drainage
requirements. We can offer septic tank emptying and treatment plants to ensure
your off-grid home runs smoothly and efficiently. We also provide a range of
domestic and commercial services including CCTV drain surveys, drain clearance,
leak detection and precision root cutting, so whatever your property requires,
we’ll be on hand to get the job done. For more information, visit our website.

Drainage
systems are vital to remove wastewater and ensure our homes and cities stay
hygienic. In most cases, our drainage systems function so efficiently that you
barely notice they’re there, but a collapsed or damaged drain can lead to a
whole host of problems. These can range from damp and mould, to flooding and
damage to the environment, so it’s essential to arrange professional drain
repair as soon as possible.

It’s
important to know the signs to look out for, so if you notice any of the
following, this is a good indication that you need drain repair.

Unpleasant odours

That
telltale rotten egg smell is often a sign that your drains aren’t functioning
as they should. Often, bad smells are caused by a blockage somewhere in the
drainage system, but they can also be caused by a blockage in the public sewer,
or a missing soil vent pipe.

Slow drainage

This is
often the first thing people notice, so keep an eye on your sinks, shower and
bath to make sure the water is draining properly. Slow drainage can be caused
by a blockage somewhere in the pipes, but it can also be a sign of pipe damage.
If you’ve tried unclogging your drains and noticed no difference, call a
professional so they can take a look.

Pooling water

Sudden pools
of water, either inside or outside, are a sign that your drainage system has
sprung a leak in one of the pipes near the surface. Pools of water are a
serious problem and they can cause a range of issues, from structural damage to
a variety of health concerns, especially for those with conditions like asthma.
Many drainage companies offer a 24/7 emergency callout service, so get in touch
as soon as you notice any pooling water.

Increased bills

If you’ve
noticed a sudden increase in your water bill (with no noticeable increase in
water usage), it’s possible that your drains are leaking somewhere. A leaky
toilet can waste between 215 and 400 litres of water every single day, so it
quickly adds up! Try adding a few drops of food colouring to the cistern tank;
if colour is present in the toilet bowl after around 20 minutes, you have a
leak.

If you’ve
noticed any of the above signs and think you might need drain repairs, get in
touch with the experts at Drainage Consultants Limited. We’re proud to offer a wide range
of services, including drain cleaning, drain lining and repairs, deep
excavations, fat removal and much more, to ensure your drains are functioning
efficiently. We’re confident that we can solve any issue you might be having
with your drains, so give us a call today or contact us online to find out more.

What is the Difference Between Physical and Chemical Drain Cleaners?
What is the Difference Between Physical and Chemical Drain Cleaners?

Drain blockages can cause structural damage which can be very costly in the long run. Therefore, it’s important to clean them but it can be difficult to know which type of cleaner to buy. Where chemical cleaners break down the blockage, physical cleaners aim to push the blockage, but there are multiple types of each.

Here's a
breakdown of their properties to help you understand which is best for your
circumstances.

Physical Cleaners: Drain Snakes

A drain
snake is a long material that is inserted into a drain, passing through clogs.
It usually has serrated or snagged edges so that, when it’s pulled out, it can
catch on hair and other debris and pull them out with it. This makes them
particularly good for showers where hair often builds up in the drains.

Although
they’re a good DIY solution as a step up from a plunger, they can be damaging
to your drains. If you’re too forceful with them then you can cause structural
damage so it’s important that you don’t force it where it doesn’t want to go.

Physical Cleaners: Drain Augers

An auger is
a tool that’s designed to drill, or bore, into something. Plumbing augers have
a coiled end, making them more penetrable than drain snakes, and they’re
usually longer at around 50 feet. They’re normally hand operated via a screwing
mechanism and the coil can be wrapped when it isn’t being used.

Top Tip: Whether you choose to use a drain
snake or a drain auger, just make sure that you wear some old clothes that you
don’t mind getting dirty as it’s a messy job either way!

Chemical Cleaners

Depending on
the severity of the blockage, you may want to use chemical cleaners to
gradually dissolve and break down the blocking substances in your drain.
Chemical cleaners normally come in three types.

Caustic Drain Cleaners: These drain cleaners normally have
substances like lye and caustic potash as their base because their hydroxide
ions can create a reaction that clears clogs. Their alkaline properties break
down grease into soap-like substances.

Oxidising Drain Cleaners: This option contains more
conventional substances like bleach, peroxides and nitrates. They cause the
blocked substance to lose electrons and become oxidised by releasing heat and
gas to help clear the blockage.

Acid Drain Cleaners: These are an uncommon type of drain
cleaner and some are sold only to plumbers because they contain high amounts of
sulfuric or hydrochloric acid. These release heat which breaks down congealed
grease particularly well.

If you have
any further questions about which type of drain cleaner is most appropriate for
your circumstance then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Drainage Consultants Ltd by calling 08000 654 111 today!

How to Maintain Your Drains
How to Maintain Your Drains

To avoid your drains developing structural damage over time, it’s important that you ensure they’re fully maintained. Doing this includes regularly unblocking and cleaning them and being more careful about what goes down the drain in the first place. It might be unpleasant and smelly but it could potentially save you hundreds of pounds in the future.

Unblock Them Regularly Using Drainage Rods

Over time, your drains will accumulate an amount of food,
hair, gunk, and waste which will restrict the flow of water through its pipes.
When this happens, it’s important to find a way to unblock the pipes before any
build ups begin to cause serious damage.

Drain rods are a great way to get around these blockages.
Depending on the type of drain you’re unblocking, drainage rods will come
separated and will need to be assembled before use by attaching them into one
long and flexible, but rigid, rod. This is useful because whilst it’ll be able
to maneuver through the blocked pipes, it’ll retain its strength and resistance
so that it's able to fully clear the drain right the way through.

Clean Them Every So Often

Just as it’s important to ensure that your drains are free
from obstruction, it’s also important to make sure that fat, grease, and oils
don’t build up over time. One good way to avoid this is to pour boiling water
down your various drains each week as this will break down these substances
much better than normal water.

You may also want to use a biological enzymatic drain
cleaner which is a great way to quickly break down hair, food, fats, mould, and
bacteria from your drains. This is also a much better option for the
environment than trying to use harsh chemicals like bleach or caustic soda.

Be Careful What You Drain In The First Place

The best way to solve blocked drains is to avoid them
getting blocked in the first place. One of the most common ways for your drains
to become blocked or faulty is because of a build up of congealed fat from
frying, which mixes with other substances like hair, plastics, and food.

Another way to avoid blocked drains is simply to brush your
hair before you get in the shower or bath. This will remove any loose hairs
that would otherwise go down the drain and possibly get clogged.

It’s important that you maintain the health of your drains
because repairing structural damage to drains can be a costly procedure. The
best way to do this is to be more careful about what you put down the drain.
It’s also important to unblock and clean your drains regularly to avoid build
ups from occurring, as they naturally will.

If you have any further questions about maintaining your
drains, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Drainage Consultants Ltd by calling 08000 654
111 today!

How Can Bad Weather Affect Your Drains?
How Can Bad Weather Affect Your Drains?

Damage to your drainage system can cause big problems for your business or home, so it’s important to be aware of what can cause damage to your drains and be ready if you think a problem has occurred. With autumn and winter approaching, bad weather will become more and more common, meaning you’ll have to call a drainage expert to fix any blockages or damages to your system. Cold weather, heavy rain and leaves can all pose issues to drains and pipes, so here we will explain what to be aware of and what to do if bad weather causes you any problems.

Cold weather

The winter
months can bring an icy chill that can cause a whole array of issues, from
slippery roads to snowstorms. The cold weather can cause your pipes to freeze
and cause a blockage, which is the ideal location for debris to build up, so
even when the water thaws, you may still be left with a block in the pipe.
Further damage from ice can be caused by expansion and cause enough stress to
the pipes that they end up bursting.

A small
amount of ice will only cause a minor blockage, limiting the flow of water
through the pipes. However, a larger amount of ice will block off the entire
pipe, causing rainwater to back up in your drains and stop draining altogether.
If the frozen pipe is located inside your premises or your home, the biggest
threat will be the pipe bursting. If ice has caused the pipe to expand and
eventually burst, this will cause even more damage if it is inside a building.

How to prevent frozen pipes

Drainage
pipes are likely to freeze for many different reasons. If there is no
insulation or it is insufficient or the wrong type, the pipes are more open to
the elements which could cause the water to freeze. If your drains are old or
haven’t been installed at a sufficient depth they are more at risk, as well as
if the water is left to sit in the pipes for a long period of time. If you go
on holiday or the property is empty, the water has no chance to move through
the system, thus causing more chances to freeze over. If you are experiencing
an uncharacteristically cold winter or you’re not using the heating
appropriately, you may also need to take precautions to keep the water flowing.

Here’s how:

  • Insulate pipes where possible. In
    colder areas of your building like the attic or crawl spaces, pipes should be
    well insulated.
  • Keep your property’s temperature
    above 12℃, even while you are away. This will ensure your pipes stay above
    freezing temperatures.
  • Open your attic hatch and cupboard
    doors that contain pipes to help encourage a good flow of warm air to circulate
    the pipes.

What to do if your pipes freeze

If you think
you have a frozen pipe, you can try to clear the blockage yourself by applying
gradual gentle heat to melt away the ice in the pipe. For example, you could
warm up the space the pipes are located in with a space heater nearby or wrap
the pipes in towels that have been soaked in hot water to help shift the ice.

If you are
unsure if you are dealing with a frozen pipe, or don’t feel confident dealing
with it yourself, call a drain specialist to fix the issue. A drain specialist will have plenty of experience and
will be able to deal with the issue at hand without causing any more damage.
They will also be able to give you advice on how to prevent frozen pipes in the
future and what you can do to update your drainage system. A professional will
also be able to identify any other underlying problems or causes and fix those
whilst they are at your premises.

Heavy rain

We can
experience heavy rain at any time, but October to January will see the most
amount of rain of the year, so it can cause lots of issues with our drainage
and sewage systems. Heavy rain has caused issues for communities all over the
world this year as our climate changes rapidly and we need to be prepared for
the bad weather we may have to face.

Blocked drains

Although the
main purpose of drains is to get rid of water, sometimes the systems are unable
to deal with the large volume that falls during heavy rainfall. Drains are
often places that seeds germinate in and eventually grow into plants. This
won’t cause any problems when the rainfall is at a normal level, however, if
the volume gets too high, the plants that grow get in the way of the flow of
water and block areas of the drains, particularly on the bends. This leads to
the drains getting backed up and overflowing, causing flooding. Other plants
and debris may also cause a blockage and get pushed further down the drain by
heavy water flow. This could lead to the flooding of your home or commercial
property, so it’s important to keep your drains well maintained.

Flooding

If there is
flooding on your property, this can cause many other problems. It may make it
unsafe for those who need access to the site, make it difficult for cars to
gain entry or park, or cause damage to contents inside or outside. Furthermore,
flooding can cause subsidence because the soil becomes highly saturated in
water, impacting the foundations of buildings and making them unstable. As soon
as the heavy rainfall has stopped, the drain will need to be unblocked and the
excess water removed to protect the foundations of the building.

How to prevent flooding

You may
experience flooding due to a range of causes such as extreme weather
conditions, long or heavy periods of rainfall, melting snow and ice, dam
failures, steep slopes or coastal flooding. Here’s how to prevent flooding in
your drainage system.

  • Monitor local conditions and flood
    risks. Sometimes, just being aware that there is a risk of flooding can help
    you deal with the situation better.
  • Take precautionary measures. Add
    sandbags and door guards to your property, non-return valves on taps and drains
    and garden landscaping that steers water away from the property.
  • Remove mud and leaves from drains
    regularly.
  • Avoid clogging drains and pipes with
    things like oil, wet wipes, cotton buds and hair.

What to do if you experience flooding

If you
experience flooded drains, in or around your home, be sure to turn off your
utilities at the main valves and switches. Use sandbags at entrance ways to
prevent any water entering your home and causing damage and move any contents
that you don’t want to get damaged. Contact a drainage expert to sort out the
problem and, if the flooding is major, contact local authorities as there may
be hazards such as sewage or electrics that could be dangerous.

Drainage Consultants Limited - Trusted
specialists in all aspects of drainage work

If you have
any drainage issues, Drainage Consultants can help. We have an experienced team
of engineers that can provide a professional and efficient service to help you
with any drainage problems. Based in Stockport, we provide high quality drain
cleaning & maintenance with a 24-hour service, so if you ever run into any
problems this autumn or winter, we’ll be on hand to help. Our team can also
offer a wide range of services including CCTV drain surveys, plant removal,
precision root cutting and dye testing, among many more. So whatever issues you
have, Drain Consultants will be happy to help. To learn more, visit our website or call us on 08000 654 111. A
member of our team will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

You’ve heard that you shouldn’t put certain
things down the drain or flush them down the toilet, but not surprisingly,
people still do. In fact, there are some very bizarre things that have been
found in drainage pipes! Plumbers definitely have an exciting job.

Weird Drain Discoveries

There have been a few things that were
found in drains and surprised even the plumber, who should have seen it all by now.

Dentures

While it may sound utterly bizarre,
dentures actually end up in the drain all the time. Think about it . . . you
set them by the sink while you wash your face and one stray elbow knocks them
into the drain or into the toilet. The UK sewers see hundreds of false teeth
every year.

Electric
Razor

One plumber got quite the surprise when he
tried to use his plumbing snake to see what was in the toilet blocking it up.
The toilet started to vibrate, shocking everyone. In the end, it ended up being
an electric razor that was still working very well. The culprit? The owner
assumed it was the cat, as we all know cats have a penchant for knocking things
off counters.

Stuffed
Animals

Someone once flushed a Winnie the Pooh
teddy bear down the toilet and it wasn’t a small one. That’s probably not quite
what they meant when they told their child that the toilet was for poo.

Prison
Pants

Guards at the Ottawa Country Jail in Ohio
made an odd discovery while trying to unclog some toilets in the cell block.
They found prison issues underpants shoved down the toilet in order to get rid
of them by an inmate who was about to be freed. Sadly for the inmate, flushing
his underwear gave him an extra month in prison.

Baby

A blockage in a drainpipe in a Chinese flat
turned out to be a new-born baby. The tiny infant had supposedly fallen from
it’s mother and into the sewer pipe, which was considered suspicious. However,
the baby was healthy and well and was eventually given to the grandparents to
raise.

Mini
Liquor Bottles

In California, a business had a massive
blockage that cause all the toilets and sinks to back up. Needless to say,
drainage experts were called in to unplug the system. What they found was an
awful lot of tiny liquor bottles. Someone was drinking on the job and then
flushing the evidence.

Plug-in
Air Fresheners

When your toilet smells bad, what do you
do? Well in Pennsylvania, a blocked toilet turned out to be clogged by a
plug-in air freshener. Apparently, the residents thought it would help with the
smell, but they just caused themselves more issues.

Luxury
Watches

In Essex, a drain technician discovered not
one, but four luxury watches in the drains. The watches were all worth tens of
thousands of pounds, or so it was thought. Three of the watches were fakes,
while the one Rolex had actually been stolen property and had to be returned.
The drain tech did get a reward, though.

Common Drain Blockages

Obviously, you would never flush any of
these things down a toilet, but did you know that some of the most common
blockages are caused by:

Grease
and fat:
This solidifies in the pipes and collects
grime and other odds and ends until it completely blocks the drain.

Hair: Most people lose 50-100 hairs each day and a large amount of that
is in the shower. Don’t forget to use a hair trap to prevent all that hair from
creating a nasty hairball in the pipes.

Toys: Make sure your children know not to put their tiny toys down the
drain or into the toilet. They can cause all sorts of blockages, not to
mention, a lost toy.

Food
waste:
Chunks of food are best dumped in the bin
rather than down the sink. This can cause some pretty major blockages,
particularly when it all clumps together.

Hygiene
products:
Feminine pads and tampons are not meant
to be flushed in the toilet, but many women were taught to do this early on and
continue, despite the risks.

Dirt: Dirt automatically clumps when wet, so if you wash it down the
drain, you are asking for trouble. Rinse dirty hands off outside to avoid this
problem.

Toilet
paper:
When you use too much toilet paper, it can
clump together as you flush and this makes a big blockage that will become
evident almost immediately. Try to use smaller amounts of paper and flush in
between if necessary.

Wet
wipes:
Do you use moisture wipes to clean your
baby’s bum or for your face and hands? If so, remember they don’t belong in the
toilet. They will clog things up and collect other debris to create a worse
blockage.

Avoid putting any of these things down the
drains or you’ll need to look into the next section of this article.

Signs Your Drains Are Plugged

While you hopefully don’t have any of these
exotic clogs in your drains, every home sees a blocked drain at some point. You
just need to recognise the signs as early as possible.

You may notice that there’s an unpleasant
smell coming from your drains. This is often a sign that something is backing
up water in there. The backed-up water is stagnant, so bacteria begin to grow
in it.

Puddles of water appearing near a sink or
bathtub can be a sign that there is a clogged pipe and it is causing water to
come back through the pipes. You may also notice water coming from the clean
out. Anytime water appears where it shouldn’t, there’s a problem of some sort,
but it may be a leaky pipe or a clogged one.

Water doesn’t drain well in the sink or
bathtub. Does the water stay in the basin for far too long? If it is taking
longer than it should to drain, the sink is likely clogged. However, if you
notice that several drains are blocked in the house, that usually means it is a
clog that is further down the pipes and is affecting the entire drainage
system. This can be quite serious and you’ll need to call in help immediately.

What to Do If Your Drain is Clogged

Take steps as soon as you know there is a
blockage in the drain. Start by pouring a litre of boiling water down the
drain. If the issue is minor, this will dissolve it and wash it away.

You can repeat the boiling water a few
times, adding baking soda or vinegar to the drain for added power. Make sure to
let the hot water sit for at least 15 minutes. This method works best if you
scoop out any standing water ahead of time, so the hot water can reach further.

A plunger may also work to help you get the
clog out if it’s not that far down. You can use a toilet plunger and place it
over the drain, then pull it up sharply a few times to see if this dislodges
whatever is stuck. For the plunger to work best, you need to cover the lip of
the bell with water so it can create suction.

Finally, if none of these methods work, you
can try taking apart the U trap under the sink. This should come off fairly
easily and you will want to have a bucket or a bin under it to catch the water
that pours out. If there is a clog in the U pipe, you can usually poke it out
with a pencil or similar. Once clean, replace the pipe and then flush water
through it to ensure there isn’t a blockage further down.

In many cases, the blockage is too stubborn
to move or it may be further down the pipe and anything you do will not
dislodge it. If this is the case, it’s time to call in the experts. You want a
proper plumber to come in and work their magic, since they will have the necessary
tools to do it.

A drainage expert will be able to eliminate
the blockage easily and this will allow you to return to washing dishes and
bathing normally. Just watch your dentures in the tub!

Do you have a blocked drain that just won’t
move? The Drainage Consultants are available to help you get rid of the clog
right away. Contact us today to learn more.

Did you know that hot weather can affect
your drainage system? It may seem odd, but the heat actually does get to the
drains and while the heat isn’t the only thing affecting your drainage, it can
cause issues. You should know exactly what summer is bringing you so you can
prepare your drainage system.

Get Ready for More Guests

During the summer, people are more active
and that often means you’ll have more guests in your home. While this past year
wasn’t great for that, it’s possible you may have some extra guests these days
and it’s important to prepare for that.

Check
for leaks:
You want to be sure that there are no
leaks in the drainage pipes or you could be in for a nasty surprise when more
people are using it.

Clean
your drains:
You don’t want any unpleasant odours
coming from the kitchen sink or dishwasher, so be sure to clean out your drains
before anyone comes to visit. They’ll appreciate the fresh smell. Don’t forget
to clean your other drains, too, particularly if someone will be staying with you
and using the shower frequently.

Ensure
your toilets flush well:
Do you have a toilet that
doesn’t seem to drain as well as others? Now is the time to ensure there is no
blockage that could cause problems while other people are using it.

Clean
your septic tank:
If you have a septic tank that is
getting close to full, consider draining it before friends come over. The last
thing you want is to deal with the odour from a septic tank while you have
visitors.

Install
hair traps:
You’ll want these on every shower or
bathtub drain to prevent hair clogs. The traps are simple to clean out and will
not disrupt the person’s shower. When you have more people showering, that
means there will be more hair than ever in the drain. Avoid it causing issues
by doing this.

Having guests can be a lot of fun, but it
can also be quite stressful if you’re not properly prepared. Make sure you
think ahead and get those drains ready.

Check Your Garden Drainage

If you have guests coming over, setting up
a temporary pool and watering the lawn are just a few things you’ll want to do.
It’s a good idea to avoid oversaturating the soil, as that can lead to
foundation problems. Also, softened soil, particularly in the presence of
water, can create more drainage problems.

As soil becomes wetter, it compacts and
also softens. This means the pipes will tend to sink down, as well. A dip in
the drainage pipe may hold stagnant water and it can also smell pretty
unpleasant. This dip will also collect rubbish or anything that is washed down
the toilet or sink.

In addition to this, if you’ve had a cold
winter, be aware that frost upheaval can also crack pipes. Essentially, if
there has been extreme weather of any sort, you should be aware that the
drainage situation has changed. The shifting ground can wreak havoc on a
drainage system, so check this each year in the spring or summer to ensure
everything is taken care of before it causes worse problems.

Prevent UV Damage

If you’re getting a lot of sun this summer,
don’t forget that your exterior faucets and hoses can be affected by UV light,
too. In fact, hoses can rapidly deteriorate with just a little sunlight, so if
there’s a lot, they’ll become all but useless.

The simplest option is to put away the
hoses in a shady area, but you may need to replace them. You should also check
any outdoor fixtures and fittings. These can also be damaged and you want them
to work during the summer. Usually, it’s merely the seal that has been damaged
and you can fix it by replacing the seal.

You may also wish to install shade covers
in areas where your hoses are out fairly often.

Ensure Your Garbage Disposal Works Well

You will probably cook more at home during
the summer and may even have a few people over if things open up enough. This
means your garbage disposal will be used more than usual and you’ll need to
make sure that you have everything you need to keep it running.

It’s a good idea to clean out the garbage
disposal or even have a drainage technician clear it out to make certain there
is no grease or fat that has been flushed down the disposal. This can cause
major clogs.

If you do have guests, consider putting a
sign up asking them not to put anything too large in the disposal or anything
greasy. A quick refresher on why that’s a bad idea will help your houseguests
make the right decisions when disposing of rubbish.

Watch for Invasive Trees

Summer is a time of life and growth,
especially for plants. If you have trees on your property, you’ll need to watch
that they don’t encroach on the drainage pipes. Many drainage problems are
caused because a tree grew roots into the pipe.

Tree roots are attracted to the moisture
and nutrients provided by even a tiny leak in the pipe, so they will grow
straight for it and into the crack, making it far worse than it needed to be.

You may not be able to see exactly where
the tree roots are, but if you noticed the familiar bulge in the ground near
the pipes, you should dig down a bit to see what is happening. If the roots
appear to be causing problems, go ahead and call in a plumbing expert to trim the roots for you.

The roots must be eliminated as soon as
possible, since they will just keep growing otherwise.

Eliminate Clogs Immediately

If things get too heated, your clogged
pipes could end up bursting, due to the extra pressure created in them from the
heat. This is definitely not something you want to happen, so you need to treat
blockages as soon as you notice them. Do not let them fester away in the pipes.

Signs your drainage pipes are blocked or
leaking include:

  • Unpleasant
    smells in the area of the drain
  • Dripping
    sounds in the walls
  • Slow
    drainage in the sink or toilet
  • Water that
    is the wrong colour
  • Water
    pressure varies

You should immediately call for help if you
notice any of these signs, as they could indicate that there is a blockage or
even that there is already a leak. A professional plumber can take care of
everything for you.

Repair Leaks and Broken Pipes

Now is the perfect time to arrange a scan
of your drainage pipes. This can be done annually and will help you determine
if there are any leaks, blockages, etc. There are a few ways to handle the
scans.

Dye Testing:
This is the simplest way to ensure that the water is going where it needs to. A
strong dye is dropped into the water and this is then traced through the pipes
until it reaches its destination. The dye allows you to see exactly where the
water lets out and can be a useful method of checking for large leaks.

Sonar
Drain Tracing:
With a handy tool that uses sonar, a
company can easily determine where the drains run and then find the blockage
quickly to ensure it gets removed without any issues. The device can be walked
over the ground and will let you know if you are on top of the drainage pipe.
It can also help you find exactly where the blockage is.

CCTV: A simple camera can be sent into the drainage system to show the
plumber exactly what is going on. It’s hard to guess sometimes and having the
camera there will give you all the information you need. The camera is
controlled by the person waiting outside the tunnel.

There are also multiple ways to fix a leaky
pipe, including resurfacing the inner part of the pipe so as to seal any leaks
shut. This eliminates the need to dig up the pipes and cause a mess. It’s
particularly important to avoid this when you have a pipe under a garden or
shed, which makes it difficult to get to.

Are you ready to prepare your drains for
summer? Contact Drainage Consultants today to find out
how we can help.

Not everyone will need a waste
treatment plant, but if you have the ability to discharge wastewater into a
drainage ditch or a watercourse, it’s essential that you install a treatment
plant. You can also discharge the treated waste liquid into a drainage field.

What Does the Treatment Plant Do?

Obviously, the treatment plant will
clean the sewage, but how does it do that?

The plant is designed to disperse
liquids and solids in a primary tank, where the wastewater first lands. This
forms a liquor that ends up in the biozone chamber. In the biozone chamber,
there is a pump that pumps air throughout the liquid waste and this aeration
helps bacteria break down organic matter. Over a period of time, the organic
matter is broken down and purified until the remaining waste that flows into
the final chamber is 95% clean. It can be released into local ditches or your
soakaway field.

At this point, the liquid that is
dispersed is nearly completely pure and is fine to be added to the soil and
waterways. The entire process is quite natural and is one that you will find
working on its own, as long as the tank is set up correctly.

From time to time, the system will
need to be dislodged, or the solids removed. This needs to be done annually and
is best left to the drainage experts, who will properly dispose of the sludge.

Where to Install a Treatment Plant

It’s always best to have professionals
handle the installation of your treatment plant, to be sure it’s properly
installed and won’t cause any problems, legal or otherwise. However, you should
have an idea of where the installation will take place.

A sewage treatment plant must be at
least 7 metres from the habitable property and the soakaway must be at least 10
metres from any watercourse and 15 metres from any buildings. If there is a
spring or borehole nearby, the soakaway has to be a minimum of 50 metres from
it.

As you can see, this limits where your
treatment plant can be placed. Take the time to look at everything and figure
out more or less where you can place it on your property. In certain cases, you
will need a permit to install a treatment plant, so it’s a good idea to work
with the professionals on this to ensure you don’t run afoul of any rules.

Interested in a treatment plant? At
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treatment plant.

How to Clear a Plugged Drainpipe
How to Clear a Plugged Drainpipe

It happens to everyone at some point . . . your drain clogs and you can’t get anything to go down it. What are your options at this point? How do you clear that drainpipe so you can get on with your life and finish washing the dishes?

You have a few options, depending on how clogged the drain
actually is. If the situation is just getting worse and you have a blockage
that cannot be easily taken care of, you will need to call in the experts. Too
much force or other treatment can end up damaging your pipes, so it’s best to
have a plumber come in and handle the issue.

Try Boiling Water

For the regular drains that don’t have water in them
(anything apart from the toilet, essentially), you should begin with hot
water. 

First, boil a litre or more of water and while you let it
boil, clear out the sink. Take out as much standing water as possible with a
scoop or cup.

Once the water has boiled, pour the entire thing into the
sink or wherever the drain is clogged. Let it sit for five minutes and then dip
out as much as possible if it hasn’t drained. Repeat the process four or five
times.

This method works well on many types of clogs, but
particularly those that are made up of grease. The hot water melts the fat and
washes it away. Other types of blockages may be loosened by the repeated
applying of hot water, as well, which is why it should always be the first
thing you try.

Another option is to pour half a cup of salt down the drain
before you add the boiling water. This can also help increase the cleaning
power of the method.

Add Vinegar and Baking Soda

This bubbly mixture isn’t just for science experiments, it
can actually clear blockages in your sink too. Remove as much standing water as
possible, then pour hot water into the drain and let it sit for a minute.

Next, add a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Regular
white vinegar works just fine. The mixture will bubble up quite a bit. Leave it
alone for half an hour and then pour more hot water down the drain. Repeat the
process three or four times until the water drains easily, then run hot water
down the drain for several minutes to ensure the entire mess is washed away.

Look In the Garbage Disposal

In a kitchen sink, it may be the disposal that’s the issue,
rather than the pipes. Many things can cause the disposal to clog up and it may
simply be stuck on a chunk of food. Be careful to turn the disposal off if you
are inspecting it and use a wooden spoon or similar to move the blockage if
necessary.

Often, running boiling water through the disposal will also
remove the problem, so this is worth a try, too.

Plunge the Blockage Out

The toilet plunger is particularly useful when dealing with
clogs, and not just for the toilet. It’s recommended that you have a second
plunger just for household use, as it can be helpful for sink or bathtub clogs,
as well.

Add water to the basin or tub until it covers the head of
the plunger. Then place the plunger over the drain and press down and up six or
seven times. You should be able to hear when the clog is sucked out. At this
point, remove the plunger from the drain and run the hot water for a few
minutes to clear it completely.

Use a Coat Hanger

Can you see the clog, but can’t reach it? In this situation,
it can be useful to use stiff wire, such as the wire in a coat hanger that has
been straightened, to hook the clog and pull it out. Another option is to use a
plumber’s auger to reach down and break up the clog enough that it can be
pulled out or rinsed away.

Clean Out the P-Trap

Under your sink is a curved pipe, referred to as a P-trap.
This is designed to hold some water in order to prevent smells from coming back
up the drain, but it can also end up collecting a large amount of rubbish.
You’ll want to clean this out if none of the previous methods worked.

To clean the P-trap, place a bin or bowl under the drainpipe
to catch liquid and anything else that might come out. Then carefully undo the
connections on either side. The entire curved piece should come out and you can
then turn it and empty out whatever it has collected. It may be helpful to have
a wire or brush to push through and ensure there’s nothing else stuck in there.

Check that you can look through the pipe to the sink or vice
versa before reattaching the P-trap. Be sure the connections are tight once
you’ve reassembled it. Now run hot water through the pipes for a few minutes to
flush out anything you may have missed.

Preventing Blockages in the First Place

The best medicine is prevention, as they say and it’s a good
idea to simply avoid getting a clogged up pipe in the first place. It’s
impossible to prevent 100% of blockages, but you can certainly stop most of
them.

Use a hair trap.
You can purchase little baskets to put in your shower or tub to catch any loose
hair. As you wash your hair, strands fall out and get caught in the drain. It’s
not unusual for large hairballs to form together with soap to create a
blockage. This is easily preventable by ensuring your hair never reaches the
drain and is caught before then.

Avoid all fats.
No fat should ever go near your drains. Bacon grease, cooking oil, and butter
are all deadly to kitchen drains. Even if they rinse away in hot water, the
fats quickly cool in the pipes and form blockages, usually with other
unpleasant things stuck in them. While these can be dissolved with hot water,
it’s best to simply avoid disposing of fats in the drainpipe. Put them in the
rubbish instead.

Flour and coffee
grounds should be banned.
Flour and coffee grounds are particularly
difficult to get rid of as they tend to clump and form hard blockages. You’ll
have a difficult time getting rid of these clogs, even with hot water, so try
to avoid them. In fact, it’s best if all food goes into the rubbish, rather
than getting sent down the drains.

Don’t flush
non-flushable products.
Your toilet should only contain toilet paper and
your own waste. Nothing else should go down it, including feminine hygiene
products and other types of waste. Anything else will be likely to collect and
cause a blockage in the pipes, which can result in a rather spectacular mess.

All too often, pipe blockages are quite preventable if you
avoid putting the wrong thing down the drain. You need to pay attention to what
you’re doing and make sure there is a rubbish bin near so you can deposit food
and fat into it instead of down the sink.

What To Do If It Doesn’t Work

If none of these methods have worked for you and your pipes
are still blocked, it’s time to take more drastic measures. Call in the
professionals and have them remove the blockage for you. It usually takes far
less time to have a drainage pro handle the whole thing than if you are
struggling to get rid of the blockage on your own.

It’s fine to try non-damaging methods on your own and it
won’t hurt anything to plunge your sink, but sometimes the clog is simply too
stubborn or too far along to come loose with DIY methods. You can give it a go,
but eventually, it may be time to call in the experts.

The experts have all the right equipment and while hot water
and vinegar may help with minor issues, something that is more serious will
need the heavy-duty tools. That’s exactly what the drainage experts will bring
when they come to clear the pipes once and for all. 

Do you have a clogged pipe emergency? The Drainage Consultants are available to help
you with your plumbing emergencies. Call now to learn more.

Drainage Issues to Look for in Your New Property
Drainage Issues to Look for in Your New Property

Whenever you purchase a new property, it’s
essential that you do an inspection first. However, many inspections don’t show
potential problems with drainage on the property, so once you own it, you’ll
want to make sure you know exactly what you are up against.

You’ll need to find out where your drainage
pipes are, but there are also other areas that can be a major issue if you’re
not careful.

No Drainage Plans

Sometimes, when you purchase a new
property, there is no indication as to where the drainage pipes run. This can
cause problems since you will probably need to build paths and may need to dig
a little on the property. If you hit a drainage pipe, you’ll end up with waste
water everywhere, so it’s best to avoid this scenario.

Your local council may have drainage plans
if the previous owner did not. Older homes may never have had a drainage plan,
however, and there is no guarantee that the plan you find is accurate. People
may have added more drain pipes since the plan was filed and so you should
always be very careful when digging about in the garden, unless you’ve had the
property mapped.

A drainage expert can come find out where
your pipes are, usually by using cameras inside a pipe. This will allow you to
map out how many pipes there are and where they run. In older homes, it’s
possible that new pipes were installed and the entire system may be quite a
disaster. You definitely want to check what is going on underground before you
start any construction or landscaping.

Poorly Installed Gutters and Downspouts

The gutters are meant to collect water from
the roof during a rainstorm and the water is then directed through a downspout
where the water is emptied into a spot to drain. The idea behind it is to
prevent water from simply pouring down all around the house and to direct the
water away from the home.

When gutters are poorly installed and
maintained, they can end up overflowing and causing water to pour down in an
area that is not prepared for it. All gutters should be cleaned and you need to
make sure they are all in good condition so the water won’t overflow the
gutters. Look for any areas where the gutter may be pulling away from the roof
or the channel is bent.

Once the actual gutters are set, you should
look at the downspout. Where does it take the water? If it doesn’t move it
sufficiently far from the house, you’ll have water pooling around the
foundations or basement of the house, which can result in water damage in the
home. You may need to connect the pipes to another to move the water further
away and it may be necessary to build a soakaway if you find the water
continues to pool.

Roots in the Drainage Pipes

Tree roots are the biggest problem in this
situation, as other plants tend not to completely clog the pipes. However, if
you have trees growing near your drainage pipes, there is a possibility the
roots have gone into the pipes and they may have ruined the pipe or merely
blocked it up completely.

Usually, this occurs when you have a crack
in the pipe and it leaks water and waste liquids. These attract the tree, which
is always looking for water and nutrients, both of which are provided by the
drainage pipe. The roots grow into the pipe and over time, become so numerous
and large that they completely block the system.

You’ll notice the problem fairly quickly if
you have a blockage, since your drains won’t work well and water will come back
up in the sinks and toilet. If you find this is an issue, call in a drainage
company so they can send a camera down the pipe and figure out what is blocking
it. Once they know where the blockage is, that piece of the pipe can be dug up,
cleared, and replaced. Blocked pipes are quite common and in the case of tree
roots, it’s an issue that occurs so slowly the previous owner may not have
realised what was going on.

Bad Landscaping

Does your landscaping seem to be causing
issues with water? When it rains, take a walk through the garden and you’ll
notice that there are areas where the water just collects. This may be due to the
way your landscaping is done.

Ideally, there will be spaces for the water
to run off and drain as the rain falls. Any large, paved surfaces, such as
patios or paths, can end up being an issue, as they may direct the water to a
place where it is not going to drain properly. Many people prefer to add French
drains to help remove the water from specific areas so it doesn’t form stagnant
pools.

Alternatively, you can dig a small ditch
and add gravel to it alongside the paths where the water can dribble into the
ditch and drain away, without causing issues.

Broken Pipes

Older homes may have collapsed drains or
broken pipes either inside the home or outside. You’ll likely notice that water
is not draining well inside the house, or may even be returning in some cases,
such as in lower sinks and showers, or even the laundry drains. These can be
major issues and are likely to indicate the pipe needs to be fixed.

Other indications include water damage in
the walls or ceiling of the home and the smell of sewage where the pipe has
broken. There may be mould growing in areas where pipes have cracked, as well.
You should be aware of these issues before purchasing, but if they show up
after you have the house, you’ll need to move quickly to prevent further damage
to your home.

How do you find these pipes and fix them?
This is where you’ll need to call in the experts. They have the equipment
necessary to check the pipes from the inside out and to determine where there
may be some major issues. They are also able to fix the problem by replacing a
section of pipe or by relining the pipe, depending on the severity of the
situation.

Find the Right Drainage Company

There are plenty of plumbers who can come
and snake out a drain, but if you have bigger drainage issues, like a broken or
blocked pipe, then you will want a company that has the equipment to handle the
issue. A quality drainage company will have everything needed to inspect the
drain, including cameras and a way to get them through the pipe.

They will be able to map out your drains
and provide you with a drainage plan once finished, so you never need to worry
about cutting into a pipe while digging. There are too many things that can go
wrong when you don’t know where your pies are or what condition they are in. Mapping
all this out is essential when you get a new property.

Your drainage map should include the
drainage layout, of course, with access points noted, as well as septic tanks
and treatment plants, discharge points, and what the pipes are made of, as well
as their size. You should also receive location, depth, and construction
information on the map and invert level of any inspection chambers. This
information will give you everything you need to continue with your
construction plans.

In addition, a good drainage company is easy to work with and will
offer multiple solutions to your problem. This may include pipe relining, pipe
replacement, and more. They will be able to improve your current system and
remove issues that could otherwise cause more difficult problems in the future.

Check the reviews of any drainage companies
in your area and be sure to talk to them and find out what services they offer.
You really want to have as many services in one place as possible, so you can
use them for everything. This saves time and money over calling in different
specialists for each job. This way, you can simply call one company and get all
the help you need.

Are you looking for a good drainage
company? Drainage Consultants Limited offers a wide range of services,
including drain mapping and drain clearance, among others. Contact us today to get a quote on your
project.

Understanding Soakaway Regulations
Understanding Soakaway Regulations

Soakaways are meant to prevent flooding and help reduce surface water right where it occurs. In some cases, people dig a canal to eliminate this water. However, a soakaway allows you to collect the water and direct it downwards where it will seep into the earth without causing pooling or marshy areas.

If you have an area where water tends to collect during a
rainfall, or with pooling water for other reasons, a soakaway may be a good
option for your home or business.

Soakaway Construction

This type of drainage is more than just a simple hole in the
ground. It is a hole, but there will be soakaway crates or a specific type of
rubble to allow for great drainage in the hole. Once it’s finished, there will
be little to indicate you have a drainage area there.

To ensure the rainwater doesn’t pool, your downpipe from the
roof of your home will run out to the soakaway where the water is permitted to
drain into the hole. You will need a professional to determine just how large
the soakaway will need to be, as one of the main reasons this type of drainage
field fails is due to a lack of space.

Soakaway Regulations

According to regulation, a soakaway must be built to
specific standards. These include the following:

Location: A
soakaway must be more than five metres from any buildings and two and a half
metres from any boundaries. It cannot reach the water table in depth, in order
for the water collected to soak into the ground.

Capacity: The
soakaway must be large enough to allow the water to seep away before the next
big rainfall. A percolation test will tell you how much liquid the soil in the
hole can absorb, which will allow you to calculate how much a certain size hole
will dissipate in a few hours. There’s quite a bit of calculation to be done
and it’s best left to the professionals.

Sewage: Soakaways
are not to discharge foul drainage. For sewage, you need a drainage field, not
a soakaway. These can only be used for rainwater or otherwise clean water.

You will also need to check that your property is not in a
Groundwater Protection Zone and dig a test hole to see where the bedrock is and
how far down the water table is. If you have a high water table, you won’t be
able to have a soakaway.

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How to Stop Drains Smelling in the Summer


How to Stop Drains Smelling in the Summer
How to Stop Drains Smelling in the Summer

The warm summer weather means there’s a lot to be excited about; picnics in the park, barbecues and  trips to the beach. However, soaring temperatures can bring their downsides too and unpleasant smelling drains is one of them. You may have noticed nasty odours emerging from your drains during the summer heat, but what can be done to stop it?

Smelly
drains are often caused by clogs or buildups of bacteria, but luckily there’s
plenty you can do to stop those telltale odours emerging come summertime.

Regular maintenance

If you don’t
want your drains to smell during the summer months, regular maintenance is
important all year round. Use a natural drain unblocker regularly (even if you
don’t suspect any clogs) to keep pipes clear and running smoothly. Even just
pouring boiling water down your plugholes regularly will help to keep things
moving.

Be careful what you dispose of

Keeping your
drains clear and odour free starts with what you pour down the sink. Scrape
plates into the bin first before rinsing to avoid buildups of food waste in
your pipes. Food waste can become trapped and then it starts to produce
bacteria, which leads to that telltale unpleasant smell. You should also avoid
pouring any oil or grease down your sink; this is one of the fastest ways to
create a clog! Let it cool first and then dispose of it in the bin.

Use a hair catcher

Hair is
another culprit for clogging your drains, so use hair catchers over bath and
shower plugholes. These guards will catch any loose hairs before they can go
down your pipes and potentially start to smell. Avoid washing pets in the bath
too if possible; do it outside or wash smaller animals in a plastic tub inside
the bath.

Do your
drains have a persistent bad smell or a clog that won’t shift? If you’re having
drain issues, get in touch with the experts at Drainage Consultants
Ltd
. We’re proud to
offer a comprehensive range of services, including drain unblocking, CCTV drain
surveys, deep excavation, fat removal and much more. Whatever your drain issue,
we’re confident we can help, so give us a call today or contact us online to find out more.

Three Exciting Bathroom Trends for 2021


Three Exciting Bathroom Trends for 2021
Three Exciting Bathroom Trends for 2021

We could all do with some rest and relaxation after the past year and what better place to unwind than your bathroom? A relaxing soak in the bath or long shower is the perfect way to end the day, but it can be difficult to relax if your bathroom isn’t looking its best.

Many
exciting bathroom trends have emerged for 2021 and you don’t need to break the
bank to add some extra style to your space. If your bathroom could do with a
makeover, see below for just three of our favourite bathroom trends this year.

Terrazzo

Terrazzo is
a composite material featuring chips of marble, quartz, granite, glass or other
coloured stones. The splatters of colour are playful but still elegant and
terrazzo tiles can be used for your floor, walls or countertops. Solid terrazzo
can be expensive, but you can purchase terrazzo-print tiles or wallpaper if
you’re on a budget.

Modern country

‘Cottagecore’
is going nowhere and a modern country cottage style looks great in your
bathroom. Pair rustic elements like exposed brick walls or wooden beams with
stylish modern fixtures. Vintage furniture looks right at home too; search
antique shops for a vintage dresser or cabinets for your bathroom storage.

Botanical prints

Plants have
boomed in popularity over the last few years so add some foliage to your
bathroom with botanical prints. Choose wallpaper for one feature wall or add
patterned tiles to your shower or bath. Botanical prints add a beautiful pop of
colour and help to create a lush tropical feel in your bathroom - even if it’s
raining outside.

It’s
difficult to enjoy a luxury new bathroom if you’re having drainage issues, so
if you need domestic drain services in Stockport, get in touch with the experts
at Drainage Consultants
Limited
. We’ve got
everything you need to keep your drains running smoothly, including CCTV drain
surveys, drain unblocking, excavations, drain repairs and more. We offer free
quotations with no obligation and there’s no hidden fees to worry about, so
give us a call today or contact us online to find out more.

Issues with
your drains can range from being a minor inconvenience to a huge problem. In
either case, no doubt one of the first things you are likely to do is have a
quick look online or ask around for a local drainage specialist. Most of us will be faced with this
at some point in our lives and it can certainly be overwhelming to deal with.
Sadly once you’ve noticed a problem with your drainage system, there isn’t a
great deal you can do, however, getting on the case and finding a reliable
expert is key.

With this in
mind, whether it’s a blocked pipe, emergency drain clearance or drain cleaning
services, here is our definitive checklist for finding a trained expert to
support you with your urgent needs.

Asking Friends and Family

Simple but
most certainly effective. If there is one source you can rely on it’s asking
people you know and trust. Speaking to friends, family, neighbours or
colleagues can be really helpful in finding a suitable team of drainage experts
to support your needs. Doing so will allow you to rest assured that the quality
of work is going to be of a high standard.

Explain the Issue in As Much Detail As Possible

When you
begin the process of hiring an expert drainage consultant, try and be as
thorough as possible when explaining to them the nature of your issue. This
then allows them to be able to provide you with the information you need to
make an informed decision about using their services. For example, what is the
fee for a call-out and are there any additional costs to be aware of? In
addition, it’s worth asking whether you will be charged for their travel or
parking? These are all things it’s incredibly easy to forget about, so be
mindful of this added information.

Are They Accredited?

Perhaps not
an obvious point to consider - but are they accredited? The reason why this is
useful to know is that it indicates that they have been vetted in some capacity
and that it indicates they have the necessary skills for the job to be carried
out well. These accreditations often work alongside Trading Standards or
government-approved operators. This again is another factor that gives you the
reassurance you are going to be receiving a good service.

Ask for Quotes

Any good
company will happily offer you quotes for the service they carry out. No doubt,
they will gladly discuss your requirements and needs in order to make sure that
you are happy and assured about the fine details of their fees. In some cases,
they may not be able to offer you an exact estimate until they visit your site
or home. This is pretty common practice depending on the job you are having
carried out and isn’t something which should put you off using their services.

Cost is, of
course, a massive decisive factor for lots of people and being clear about the
costs involved is really important. If a company isn’t being overtly clear with
you about their specific rates, this is a red flag. The reason why this is so
important is if you don’t receive information about the rates involved, you may
end up paying a significantly larger amount than you anticipated. Getting a
quote is standard professional practice so don’t feel worried about requesting one.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask for a Testimonial

If you want
to have a bit more assurance about their work or services, you are totally
within your right to ask for a reference or testimonial. This allows you to get
specific information directly from those who have used their services and this
is incredibly useful. This is a clear indication of the quality of their work
and something that will no doubt, very reassuring for you!

Do They Offer Emergency Services?

The
unfortunate reality is that you cannot predict when something is going to go
wrong in life and the same certainly applies to your drains and plumbing. This
is why it’s highly useful to know if the service provider you opt to use -
offers an emergency 24-hour call-out service. This helps to ensure that your
home or business is safe from drainage problems, at all times.

How Long Have They Been in the Business?

This one
certainly isn’t a total dealbreaker but it’s very much reassuring when a
company has been in business for a while. The reason why? It’s a clear
indication of how reputable they are. This allows you to clearly see how much
trade experience they have. An experienced drainage technician is going to be
able to help you identify what the problem is quickly and this, of course, is
going to work in your favour and allow you to get back to business as usual as
soon as possible.

Customer Service

How a
company interacts and treats its customers is a massive indication of what its
service is going to be like. A way of measuring customer satisfaction is, how
long do they take to respond. Are they contacting you back relatively quickly?
In addition to this, if you are trying to decide between a couple of companies,
why not give them a quick call with any queries and see how their demeanour is
on the phone? If they have great customer service, this might be the factor
that sways your decision to use their services.

Will You Receive a Guarantee?     

This is
something to consider and it’s certainly wise to think about this prior to
selecting a company. It’s useful because it assures you of the quality of work
which is going to be carried out and ensures the reliability of the
technicians. These are specific factors that are going to give you the added
peace of mind you are using the services of a reliable company.

The Bottom Line

The
experience of hiring someone to help assist you with your drain issue does not
need to be stressful. Hopefully, with the help of this checklist, you will find
the right company to support you throughout this process, from start to finish.
Having just a little bit of an idea of what you are looking for can really go a
long way and in the long term ensure that the service you are going to receive
will run as smoothly as possible and give you the peace of mind - the job is
going to be carried out well!

Drainage
Consultants
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Are you
seeking a reliable and quality drainage expert? In that case, Drainage
Consultants are here to help. With over 20 years of experience, Drainage
Consultants Ltd is your go-to for all your drainage needs. As a specialised
contractor, we offer a wide range of services, including drain repairs, drain
mapping, drainage investigation, drain tracing, public sewer connections, CCTV
drain surveys, and water supply work for the domestic, commercial and
industrial markets. Our drain experts are based just outside Manchester,
offering the perfect base to provide professional, nationwide coverage for
Manchester, Stockport and the surrounding areas.

All of our
drainage contractors have completed the relevant training and as a result, will
always prioritise safety, efficiency and quality when working on a job. Our
drain maintenance and drain cleaning services are available to both public and
private clients. Our specialists are covered for work on public highways, as
well as equipped to carry out jobs in private sewers and drains. Contact us today and find out why we’re one of
the best drainage companies on the market.

A
blocked drain is sadly all too common for lots of people and can cause a
plethora of problems. It's a natural reaction to want to wait and see if the
issue improves over time, nevertheless, this may only make things worse. You
need to take the necessary steps to rectify the original blockage and ensure
that everything is in good shape. Using the services of a drainage consultant will give you the peace
of mind that you’re getting the support you need!

With
this in mind, in this blog, we are going to identify the key information you
need to know relating to identifying a blocked drain and the necessary measures
you need to take in order to sort the issue out. Read on to discover more!

What Causes a Blocked Drain?

Your
drain can end up becoming blocked for so many reasons. In the bathroom, this
can relate to waste products not breaking down sufficiently and in the kitchen,
this can be due to a buildup of oil, grease and fat. In the case of outdoor
drains, a blocked drain can be because of a build-up of leaves and general
debris. Another issue for outdoor drains is tree roots which can grow into
pipes and cause obstructions within the pipe. This can prevent water from
flowing through the drain and potentially collapse the drain.

How Can You Tell if The Drain Is Blocked?   

There
are many ways to ascertain if your drain is blocked, some more obvious than
others but it’s certainly worth being aware of these indicators as catching an
issue early on will certainly prevent further issues from developing and
ultimately becoming exacerbated. Here are a few of the most common:

Unpleasant Odours

It
is very often the case that an unpleasant smell will become overtly apparent.
Often this unpleasant smell is a clear sign of an obstruction inside of the
drain and this can happen prior to the drain becoming totally blocked.

Water isn’t Draining or is Taking a Long Time
to Drain

If
a drain appears to be blocked at home, a clear indicator is that it takes a
long time for any water to drain. This could apply to any appliance such as the
bath, the sink or even the toilet. In some cases, rather than the water
draining slowly, it may not drain at all. As well as this, you may have water
rising when you are using a different appliance.

 

Unusual Noises

A
key indication of there being problems inside of your drain include strange
noises coming from your drains. Quite often this will appear as an unfamiliar
gurgling noise that appears when appliances are being used as well as when they
are not.

What Are the Most Common Causes of a Blocked
Drain?     

There
are certainly usual suspects that pop up time and time again when blocked
drains are being fixed, especially in the domestic sphere. Here we list the
most common pesky culprits:

Fat and oil

As
previously mentioned, this is a highly common culprit for blocked drains,
especially in the domestic sphere. Cooking oil and fat is often poured down the
drain in their liquid form and perhaps this leads people to believe it's fine
to do so. Nevertheless, oil and fat are heavy forms and will not flow through a
drain easily in the way that water will.

Instead,
they sink and form a solid mass, this is referred to as a ‘fatberg.’ Once the
fatberg solidifies it is the factor that can result in your drain becoming
blocked. Recently, a fatberg as big as an Olympic-sized swimming pool was
removed from a Plymouth sewer by specialist contractors, so this really goes to
show the magnitude of fatbergs and how they can escalate. 

‘Flushable’ Wipes

Despite
the fact that lots of bathroom and sanitary wipes are labelled as flushable,
quite often this isn’t actually the case. They can actually be the cause of
lots of drain problems down the line. Plenty 
of these wipes aren’t actually biodegradable, in turn, they can quite
feasibly clog up your drains. The same can be said for flushing feminine
hygiene and sanitary products.

Coffee Filters and Grounds

This is
becoming increasingly one of the most common causes of blocked drains -
especially at home in the kitchen. Lots more people have been investing in
at-home coffee filters and machines. In turn, people have begun disposing of
their coffee waste - down the sink. Household drainage systems can’t break down
this thick, grainy substance of the coffee. People often think that this
substance will disintegrate, this is sadly not the case and will almost
definitely trigger a blockage.

What if It Appears To Be a Collapsed Pipe?

If you
suspect that a pipe is collapsed, or perhaps know this for a fact, it is the
case that the pipe will need to be replaced but a professional and is not
something you can tend to rectify yourself. A collapsed pipe can be due to
wastewater build-up. This can be caused by ageing pipework, tree roots or
flooding.

This issue
with a collapsed pipe is that wastewater is not going to be able to leave your
property. If you are having suspicions about a collapsed pipe, have a look in
your garden or surrounding outside areas of your home for areas that are
saturated, especially those nearby trees or shrubs. The reason for doing this
is because the roots can weaken the pipes causing the collapse.

How Should You Deal With a Blockage?

There
are a few routes you can take in order to deal with a blockage. You can
endeavour to deal with this yourself, however, for stubborn blockages, it is
generally advised that you opt to use the services of a professional drainage
consultant. A professional technician will have the correct equipment to suit
your needs and be able to support you in avoiding any further damages. They are
also going to be able to support you in removing swiftly and easily if you are
desperately in need of additional support.

Although
many may prefer to opt for a DIY approach, this isn’t necessarily going to be
the best approach and when you do require specialist support, the Drainage Consultants are here to help and
will do everything in their power to ensure the issue is resolved efficiently
and effectively.

Drainage
Consultants
- Manchester's Expert Drainage Consultants

Have
you got a blocked drain? If you have tried dealing with it yourself to no
avail, it might be time to give the professionals a call for some support. With
that being said, Drainage Consultants are here to help. Our drainage
specialists provide a 24-hour service for customers up and down the country,
making sure 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.

All
of our drainage contractors have completed the relevant training and as a
result, will always prioritise safety, efficiency and quality when working on a
job. As well as this, drain maintenance and drain cleaning services are
available to both public and private clients. Our specialists are covered for
work on public highways, as well as equipped to carry out jobs in private
sewers and drains. To find out more about our services, please visit our
website or contact us today, we'd be
delighted to help with any enquiries and help you get back to business as usual
- without the stress of a blocked drain!

Water is so crucial to our
everyday lives. We would be unable to live without it and no doubt for many of
us it is something we take for granted every day, having clean and fresh water
is just a given for many of us. Nevertheless, no matter how much we may take
water for granted or how commonplace it is for us to have it, it can still be
tricky to access whether or not we have proper water flow systems. As well as
this, we should always be safe in the knowledge that the water we consume is
always going to be safe and clean.

What’s
more, the need for clean, running water comes with the requirement for proper
water flow systems. There are a few ways that you can check and manage water
flow systems and pipes but one of the simplest to access this issue is by using
tracing dyes.

This
is one of the easiest and most straightforward ways of investigating issues
relating to your drain, dye testing is an enduringly popular method for
discovering issues such as leaking, water ingress, sub-floor areas and more.

It's
carried out in a rather methodical manner, in some cases using several
different dyes to test the various sections using a few colours to figure out
which is the problem section. drain dye often comes in powder and tablet form
and is environmentally friendly - one of the many reasons it’s proved to be so
popular over the years.

With
this in mind, here in this blog, we discover how drain dye testing works and
how it may be of benefit to you. Read on to discover more!

What is drain dye testing?

Drain dye
testing is a highly simple but also a very important measure for testing out
your drains. It’s a pretty simple process that basically involves using a
liquid, usually coloured, to follow the route of drainage water and sewage
through the domestic or commercial pipework system.

The great
thing about drain dye testing is that dyes that come in various shades can be
used in order to inform you of what exactly is going on in your drains.
Regardless of whether the dyes are in the form of tablets or powders, they will
let you know what it is you need to do to rectify any issues with your drain
and whether it needs to be repaired or possibly relined.

Drain dyes
are used to carry out a vast range of tests that are used to gather information
about a system of water flows. This information is then used from these tests
to tell you anything from what the direction or speed of a water flow is to
something more advanced such as if there are any leaks and the whereabouts of
the leaks.

Here in the
next section we explain the drain dye testing process in more detail and
discuss its key benefits.

Mapping the flow from the source

The biggest
advantage of drain dye testing is the knowledge it gives you. By using a
drainage expert, they will be able to map the flow of any water from a source.
Doing this will allow you to pinpoint where the issue may be situated and then
carry out any repairs, replacement or relining.

Locating blockages

Drain dye
testing is extremely useful for discovering damaged piping and blockages in the
drainage system. In addition, using this process along with a CCTV drain survey
is going to allow you to swiftly identify the cause of your blocked drain, or
in the scenario of a broken drain, identify where the break is and then get it
repaired.

Discovering any pollutants

Drain dye
testing also makes it much simple to monitor, control and stop any potential
pollution from your drainage system as well. Using the dye and letting it flow
through your drainage system will allow you to discover and reveal where the
source is of any pollutants potentially entering the system.

Can still work even with a complex draining
system

Whatever the
reason for the blockage, having a look at the potential cause of the blockage,
having a look at the drains, particularly when underground can be a tricky
procedure and this is for obvious reasons such as the system being hard to
access, unclear or out of date. Moreover, drain dye testing is the perfect
solution to this and it will follow the route of the system without being
restricted by the drain structures or prevented by lack of access.

Adaptable with other services

Apart from
seeing where wastewater and sewage are flowing towards, one of the other key
advantages of drain dye tracing is that it easily will work well with other
drainage repair and treatment services too. It will not only help trace leaks
in drain pipes but also identify possible repairs and also help reveal the
source of the issue entering the surface water system and locate drain
blockages too.

Is using a drain dye test going to be safe?

By using
drain dye testing, there is going to be a slight possibility for human
consumption, however, research indicates that testing dyes are safe for humans
and the environment due to the fact that they are created from 100% non-toxic
materials and contain absolutely no harmful chemicals or toxic ingredients. As
well as this, these dyes are approved by food standard agencies and are
classified as biodegradable as well.

Testing dyes
are available in lots of forms, for example, you can get them in sachets
similar to a tea bag, powders, liquids or tablets. It’s really important to be
aware of whether or not your water is safe to consume and clean. When in doubt,
always consult a drainage specialist about a drain dye test.

 

Drainage
Consultants
- We Provide Quality Drain Dye Testing 

At Drainage
Consultants, we are experts in taking a diversity of approaches to the major
problems that affect drains. Our dedicated employees are trained to cope with a
plethora of different circumstances and, whether the difficulty is large or
small, we can be trusted to respond swiftly, assess the situation accurately
and act decisively. One method that we deploy is dye testing, which allows us
to discover precisely what is going wrong in complex cases.

 Drainage systems may demand dye testing for a
range of reasons; it’s not just the fact that drains are underground that can
make them tricky to investigate. If a drainage structure is complicated, then
it might not be obvious where it drains to. The dilemma can be compounded if
plans of the system are out-of-date, hard to access or unclear. Dye testing
with a fluid, which is always neither staining nor toxic, can be a handy
solution. To find out more about how we can help you, please feel free to contact us today, we’d be happy to help.

A commercial
kitchen can certainly be a complicated place if you are unfamiliar with it,
it's not the same as manoeuvring your kitchen at home. With the complex nature
of this kind of set-up, one of the key things which are going to have to be
cared for with due consideration is the plumbing fixtures in the kitchen.

Your kitchen
drain is hardly the most glamorous topic in the world, however, it plays a
crucial role in the day-to-day running of your kitchen and is essential for
productivity. Plumbing engineers encounter the specific types of commercial
kitchen fixtures all the time and will be familiar with how to rectify any
issues with them. A commercial kitchen is an environment that is going to involve
very specific plumbing fixtures and special equipment - especially concerning
drains.

In this
blog, we will outline to you some useful information that will be helpful to
know relating to plumbing requirements for a commercial kitchen.

Ensuring efficient Kitchen drainage systems

A
clear understanding of what makes a clean and safe draining system is crucial
in a kitchen. You need to be aware of what liquid waste is safe to dispose of
down the drain and which kind isn’t.

Taking
into consideration the various types of liquid waste and their different
attributes, here are a couple of the most common commercial kitchen liquids
encountered:

Condensates
- this is a specific fluid that comes from fridges, air conditioners, ice
machines, drain pans, hoses, or cooling and plumbing lines.

Drained
fluids - this is standard in all kitchens and comes from sinks and kitchen
equipment.

Cooking
by-products - a common example of this grease and oil, these are subject to
laws relating to how they are disposed of.

Commercial
kitchen equipment - this is often going to possess a direct or indirect waste
connection, this will depend on the type of equipment it is.

Plumbing
vents - these are a crucial element of commercial kitchens and have waste pipes
with an outdoor connection, often this is through the roof. The purpose of
these types of pipes is to remove sewage gases and keep them away inside the
building.

How blocked drains are caused in commercial
kitchens?

If
you tip fat, oil or grease into your drain, over an extended period, fatty
deposits are going to build up and create something known as a fatberg, which
is going to block the drain. Further down the drain, the fatbergs will,
unfortunately, stop sewage from moving along the drainage system. In turn, this
creates a backlog.

Some
of the common signs of a fatberg issue are:

  • An unpleasant odour around the drains or in that general area
  • Flooding around your kitchen or outside of the premises

General
flooding, even light flooding that smells bad can lead to unsanitary
conditions, causing kitchens to shut down and pubs or restaurants to lose
business while the cause is investigated and necessary action is carried out.

How not to deal with a commercial drain
blockage

Tipping
boiling water into the drain is something that lots of people think is going to
help alleviate a blocked drain but this is sadly not the case. Doing so isn’t
going to dissolve any fat or grease, all it is going to do is push the fat
deposits further down the drain.

In
turn, the fat, oil or grease might dissolve temporarily - however, it is still
going to cause a blockage a little bit further down the line. This still has an
impact on your business and your neighbours.

How to properly dispose of your food and
cooking waste

One
of the key things you need to do as a hospitality establishment is to ensure
you dispose of your food waste safely and efficiently. Any fat, oil and grease
which accumulates in your grease trap, needs to be collected and recycled by
one of the Environment Agency approved waste carriers. 

Food safety

Food
safety can be seriously compromised because of bad drainage. To achieve the
required food safety standards for a commercial kitchen, a drain needs to safely
remove any waste.

Health & safety

Lowering
the overall risk of injury and providing optimum safety in the workplace is
paramount in a commercial kitchen setting. Your facility must have a drainage
system that improves health and safety conditions throughout the cleaning and
emptying also while ensuring a high standard of hygiene.

There are
several significant attributes that a safe drainage system needs to have to
properly function and more significantly, prevent any harmful blockages:

  • A debris filter located at the outlet
  • Removable and clean non-slip gratings
    which have no sharp edges for optimum safety
  • A removable foul air trap that is
    simple to remove and accessible
  • Measures in place to prevent bacteria
    build-up
  • Efficient volume capacity and size
  • A proper waste disposal system
  • A grease separator to remove fats and
    grease

Legal kitchen requirements

There are a
few different laws in place which require catering businesses to manage the
disposal of fat, oil and grease properly:

  • Water Industry Act 1991
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990 -
    Duty of Care
  • Environmental Protection Act 1990 –
    Statutory nuisance
  • Animal By-products Regulations EC
    1974/2002 (ABPR)
  • Building Act 1984
  • Food Safety Act 1990

If you do
not comply with these regulations, there is a possibility that you may be
prosecuted further down the line.

The bottom line

Working in a
commercial kitchen can certainly be stressful and this element of stress
certainly isn’t going to be helped by drainage issues. If you do experience any
significant drain problems it's important that you work professionals on any
work which needs to be carried out.

As
previously mentioned, health regulations are stringent and not adhering to them
can bring serious, legal health consequences. It is also in your best interest
to keep your drainage system healthy.

 

Drainage Consultants - Drain Services That
Your Premises Can Rely On

Here
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. We understand these particular drains are under particular
stress with high traffic usage as well as waste such as fat, oil, grease and
food which can cause major issues. We will help keep your drainage system
healthy - keeping contamination risks low and ensuring compliance with all
regulations.

Along
with maintenance packages which include vacuuming and high-pressure cleaning to
keep unforeseen blockages at bay, our emergency team are on hand nationwide 24
hours a day 7 days a week should a blockage occur. Our drainage engineers will
arrive promptly and will perform a thorough analysis using a CCTV drain survey
to diagnose your problem.

We
will recommend the best, most cost-effective solution to get your drains
unblocked and flowing healthily straight away. We will complete repairs to get
your pub running again. In the majority of cases, this can be done there and
then. To find out more about our efficient and reliable services, contact us today. We’d be happy
to help with any enquiries you may have.

Trees are amazing - but your drains probably don’t think so!
Overgrown tree roots can wreak havoc on drainage systems by leaving them
vulnerable to blockages and other damages. As a result, you may need tree root removal services from your local drainage
company to eliminate the issue and get your drains running smoothly again. 

Tree root blockages are, unfortunately, more common than you
might think. There's one very simple reason for this: trees need water! This
means that roots tend to grow straight towards plentiful sources of moisture,
with the damp ground surrounding drains acting as a beacon to thirsty plants.

Identifying this issue early on is crucial to prevent large-scale
damage and costly repair services. Here are three of the most common signs that
your drainage system needs tree root removal services.

Slow drainage

If your sinks and toilets are struggling to carry wastewater
away from your property, you are likely dealing with a blocked drain. Drains
can become blocked for many reasons, but tree root interference is a common
problem! As the roots grow and intertwine with each other (alongside solid
pieces of fat and grease that have been incorrectly flushed away), they start
to expand and make it difficult for wastewater to flow normally.

If this issue isn’t dealt with quickly, your pipes will begin
to struggle under the pressure. Over time, this can cause pipes to crack and
collapse.

Sinks and toilets
backing up

Another potential sign that you’re dealing with a tree root
plumbing issue is that your wastewater is not only struggling to drain - but is
actually backing up into your property. You might notice this when you flush
the toilet and wastewater appears to travel back up from the pipe, or perhaps
when you’re washing your hands and the sink starts to fill with water.

Again, this plumbing problem can occur when tree roots block
the pipe to the point where water and toilet paper cannot pass through as normal.

An oversaturated
lawn

An oversaturated lawn could be another sign of tree roots in
your drainage system. A bog-like garden could become a problem if the roots
have begun to cause cracks and holes to appear in your drains, as water will
quickly start to flood into the soil.

You can usually spot this by looking for large puddles on the
surface of your lawn (especially if they weren’t caused by heavy rainfall and
don’t naturally drain away) or small sinkholes appearing in your garden.

For reliable tree
root removal services, choose Drainage Consultants

Do you suspect a tree root-related drainage issue? Our team
of drainage experts are here for you. We’re proud to offer a wide range of
services to domestic and commercial customers - with everything from CCTV drain
surveys to patch lining and fat removal - to keep our clients’ drains happy and
healthy. To learn more about our tree root removal services or how else we
could help you, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Making sure
you give your sink and drain thoroughly clean, needs to be a part of your
standard kitchen cleaning routine. It's an easy mistake because you use
cleaning products, soap and water at the sink that it's going to be spotlessly
clean and no doubt, working efficiently. Sadly, this isn’t necessarily the
case.

With a mix
of food debris and dirty dishwater, the kitchen sink and your drains can be
pretty unhygienic without you actually even realising it.

So taking
all of this into consideration, you might be thinking to yourself, how do I
make sure my sink and drains are as clean as possible? With that in mind, we've
created a handy guide with a few tips and tricks for you to try to make sure
your kitchen is up to scratch!

Getting started

A blocked up
sink or clogged drain can be pretty smelly and isn’t always going to be very
hygienic to use. To make sure you keep a fresh smelling and clear sink, which
is free of bacteria, you definitely need to try and keep a clear drain.

Cleaning a
drain can be a lot more difficult than the process of cleaning the sink itself
and this is probably pretty unsurprising. This is not just because your drain
itself is difficult to reach but also because it's out of sight.

Thankfully
there are quite a few ways in which you can keep your drain clean and clear -
using some really simple household items. If you find that these methods are
not working too well or there is still a problem, it's possible that there
could be a more significant issue which may require the assistance of an expert to help.

Thankfully,
these problems are often simple to rectify, whether you are trying to sort it
yourself or with the help of a drainage specialist.

What you’ll need

These items
may all seem pretty simple - but they are certainly effective for deep cleaning
your kitchen sink and drain. You will need:

  • A sponge or cloth
  • Washing up liquid
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar

Cleaning the drain

In this
section, we’ll go into the specifics of what you need to do to give your drain
a good clean.

Take off the drain covering

If you use a
drain covering over the drain, remove it. Get rid of any food excess that has
been left from your washing up or any other cleaning detritus that has made its
way into the sink and blocked the top of the drain. You must empty the sink
before you begin.

Use boiling water

Boil up some
water in a kettle and tip it down the drain before you begin anything else.
This is going to work as an initial measure to flush out the drain. This is
going to get rid of any small particles that have built up in the drain itself.

Baking soda and vinegar

Then, you’ll
want to pour one half of a cup of baking soda into the drain. After this step,
you will want to pour half a cup of white wine vinegar down the drain. Tip the
vinegar over the baking soda, this causes a mild chemical reaction which causes
the baking soda to fizz up and in turn, sanitize your drain. Don't be alarmed
by this fizzing process and just leave it for around 10 minutes to work. 

The solution
is going to make its way down the drain and work to get rid of potential debris
and any sort of build-up.

One more
time, tip boiling water down the drain in order to get rid of any remaining
baking soda and vinegar residue in the sink. If you can still smell the odour
from the vinegar and baking soda, you can flush some boiling water down the
drain again to cleanse it.

Overnight bleach cleanse

It's not a
bad idea to put bleach down the drain once or twice a week if you can. If you
are going to do so, it's not a bad idea to do this in the evening and leave it
overnight. Letting it sit for a few hours ensures the chemicals work to break
down anything in the sink.

This process
helps stop any bacterial build-up and prevents any unpleasant odours too. If
you are not too keen on the chemical smell of bleach, using some baking soda
after washing up can decrease any unpleasant scents.

Cleaning the sink

Give your sink a rinse

Perhaps an
obvious starting point for anyone about to clean their sink but give it a good
rinse before you start cleaning. You are going to want to finish off washing
any dishes and then give the sink a thorough clean. Any food, liquids, or any
other kitchen paraphernalia should be rinsed and put away prior to your
cleaning. After you rinse everything, clear the drains as well as you can and
you’re ready to get started.

If you own a
stainless steel sink, acid and salt from food can damage the finish on the surface,
for other kinds of sinks it can make stains more tricky to clean. Rinsing out
the sink fully should be part of your nightly cleaning routine.

Sprinkle baking soda

Once you
have rinsed your sink, give it a sprinkle with some baking soda. Use this plentifully
and cover the whole sink. Once baking soda covers your entire sink, you can
begin scrubbing it. To do this you can use some washing up liquid and a sponge
for ease.

Make sure you scrub

Baking soda
is known for its abrasive texture but it will not damage your sink. Give the
sink a good scrub top to bottom and work your way inwards to the drain. Use
circular motions and clean the whole surface area.

Anti bac

Once you
have finished scrubbing your sink clean, it’s a good idea to sanitize it. Give
the cleaned sink a proper rinse to ensure all of the cleaning products and any
debris is washed down the drain.

Drainage
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It’s great
to keep on top of your kitchen maintenance and keeping your sink clean is
crucial for ensuring that it works well. However, sometimes you may be
experiencing issues which are out of your control. With this in mind, Drainage
Consultants are here to help. At Drainage Consultants we thrive on customer
service and satisfaction and understand that a blocked drain can cause a
serious problem and headache for a commercial, private or domestic property.

Whatever the
drainage problem, wherever the location and whatever the time, you can call
Drainage Consultants and speak directly to a qualified member of staff who will
quickly and effectively aim to give you a fast and easy solution to resolve
your problem, with minimum fuss. From the moment you contact our office, we are
able to give you a fixed price and arrange an estimated time of arrival for our
experienced and qualified engineers, helping to put your mind at ease knowing
your problem is in safe capable hands. To find out more, please contact us today, we’d be delighted to help
with any enquiries you may have.

Drain odours
are a common problem, but this doesn’t make them any less unpleasant to deal
with. Most people will have experienced smelly drains at some point, but it can
make your home unpleasant to be around, or worse, put off potential customers
or clients if you run a business.

There are
several possible causes behind unpleasant drain smells, from minor issues you
can sort yourself, to more serious problems that require professional help. If
you’ve noticed smelly drains in your home or business premises and want to know
why, see below for some of the most common causes.

Bacteria buildup

It’s easy
for bacteria and gunk to build up in your drains, especially when you consider
how much we flush down there. Food, grease and hair can all become trapped in
your pipes, leading to blockages and build ups of smelly bacteria. Try clearing
your pipes first using a drain snake or liquid drain unblocker. If the smell
persists, call in the professionals and let them clear the blockage.

A clogged pipe

If bacteria
build up isn’t the issue, you may have a clogged pipe somewhere further down
the system. Other telltale signs (apart from a bad smell) include slow drainage
or water pooling in your sink or bath.

Sewer smells

Empty drain
traps can cause bad smelling sewer gas to rise up through your drains. This is
more common in drains that aren’t used very often and it’s a good idea to add a
drain trap to any new sink or appliance that’s fitted. Sewer smells can also be
caused by a natural gas leak, so it’s best to arrange an inspection from a
professional.

Water issues

That
telltale rotten egg smell is often caused by sulfates in the water. This occurs
when sulfate reducing bacteria enters your hot water system and reacts with the
sulfates present. In some rare cases, sewage may have contaminated your water
supply, so call a drainage expert if the smell doesn’t disappear after flushing
the pipes.

If you’re
dealing with an unpleasant drain smell that won’t go away, get in touch with
the experts at Drainage Consultants. We’ve got all the expertise and
services you need to solve drainage issues, including CCTV surveys, drain
cleaning, unblocking, fat removal, drain repairs and much more. We’ll carry out
an assessment to find the source of those foul odours and then carry out any
necessary repairs or maintenance to restore your drains to full working order.
For more information about any of our services or to arrange an appointment, contact us today.

Drainage
systems are essential to keep our homes and businesses safe, hygienic and free
from flooding. Drain blockages can cause a lot of damage and they can occur for
several reasons, including build ups of fat, foreign objects flushed down the
drain, or build ups of tree roots.

Tree roots
can sometimes start to grow within a drain, causing blockages and (in some
severe cases), collapsed drains or damage to the pipes. If you suspect that
roots have entered a drain, it’s important to deal with the issue sooner rather
than later, so read on for our guide to root removal services.

Why do roots grow in drains?

Root growth
in drains is a natural phenomenon (although inconvenient!). Plants and trees
tend to grow towards water sources and their growth also thrives in damp areas.
This means that they’ll be drawn to drain areas where water is present, but
it’s important to remove the roots to prevent pipe damage.

The root removal process

First, a
drainage consultant will need to conduct an assessment to locate the source of
any root growth and see how serious it is. If the roots have left the pipe
intact, then flailing equipment can be used to clear the blockage. This
equipment is powered by high pressure water jets which cut through the roots
from inside the drain, flushing them out.

If the roots
have caused the drain to collapse then the process is more complicated, but the
issue can be solved. In most cases, an excavation will need to be carried out,
followed by replacement of the pipe, backfilling and reinstating the drain.
Structural liners can also be added to make it harder for roots to re-enter and
grow in the drain.

If you’re in
need of professional root removal in Manchester, Stockport and the
surrounding areas, get in touch with the experts at Drainage Consultants. We
can conduct a thorough assessment of your drains and remove the roots before
they can cause further damage. If your drains have collapsed, not to worry, we
can repair the damage and use a structural liner to reduce the chances of roots
returning. For more information about our root removal services or to book an
assessment, give us a call today or contact us via the website.