What is a drain survey and will it damage my drains?

What is a drain survey and will it damage my drains?

It is important to know the exact condition of your drainage systems so that, should something go wrong, you’ll know the reason why. But it also helps to know if there is anything down there that needs sorting out before it can spiral into a far worse problem. CCTV drain surveys are a great way of obtaining this information and helping you understand your drains.

what is a drain surveyCCTV drain surveys are a very popular method among most professional drain engineers, as well as clients. Using the latest technology and software, the drain technician can identify and locate any potential risks or underlying problems in your drains that you would not have otherwise known about. This makes CCTV drain surveys a very cost effective choice for you because it nips any problems your drains have in the bud and saves you from having to break the bank later on when the problem has gotten far worse. A fault in your drains never goes away on its own so it is always best to find out what’s going on in your drainage systems and get it fixed right away.

Cracks, defects, and decay are just some of the things that CCTV drain surveys help to identify.

Problems with the structure of your drains are a gateway to many other things that can cause you problems, so it is very important to have them sorted out as soon as possible. Over time, faults such as cracks in the pipes can grow to worsen in size and severity, and eventually they will lead to either a burst pipe or a collapsed drain, both of which will result in flooding. Flooding is one of the worst things that can happen to your property as it not only causes a large amount of damage that is very expensive to rectify, it also poses a serious health risk to you and everyone who lives at the property. The bacteria from the wastewater can easily contaminate your surfaces if it comes into contact with them and it spreads very quickly, meaning that as soon as any wastewater enters your home you can easily become very ill.

what is a drain surveyCCTV drain surveys are a great way to prevent this from happening as they can find out if your drains are showing any signs of giving way to flooding. Should anything be located during the survey, it will be taken care of there and then so you can rest assured knowing that your drains are in top quality condition. The drain technician will also provide you with a fully comprehensive, useful report of the findings, as well as some friendly advice on how best to take care of your drains given what they’ve found in the survey. Should you have any questions or concerns, they will be more than happy to provide you with answers.

Tree root invasion is a serious problem for your drains as it shows that there are already signs of wear-and-tear that you may not have realised was there. Tree roots get smaller the further away they are from the tree, so they can make their way into even the tiniest cracks. Drains are a perfect habitat for tree roots as it provides them with all the nutrients and water that they need to grow, but as they absorb these nutrients and continue to grow in size, so does the crack that they entered through. This creates an enormous amount of pressure on the pipe which can result in the pipe either completely collapsing or bursting. CCTV drain surveys are the perfect way to locate any tree roots that may have found their way into your drains before they can cause some serious damage.

Remember, no problem goes away on its own so don’t hesitate to call out a professional drain technician to conduct a CCTV drain survey on your property. You can save yourself a great deal of time and money by identifying and locating any underlying problems and stopping them before they can cause more chaos.

How can I stop my drains from collapsing?

How can I stop my drains from collapsing?

We often take for granted our drainage systems. We turn the tap on and expect there to be clean, safe water for us to drink, forgetting about the systems that are in place to provide us with this basic necessity. However, in forgetting about these drainage systems we forget that they need to be taken care of. It is important to know what can go wrong with your drains and how you can prevent it, in order to save yourself the stress of fixing the problem.

Many problems that can afflict a drain are inevitable, but there are some issues that occur simply because the drains have not been looked after properly. Even the smallest of problems can lead onto much more damage if they are not taken care of quickly, and often the result is a collapsed drain. A collapsed drain is a huge inconvenience and can cause flooding which is a far worse scenario that is best avoided.

One of the most common causes for a collapsed drain is tree root invasion. Tree roots can easily find their way into a drainage system through small cracks, commonly found in old pipes that have been subjected to years of wear and tear. Drains are a perfect environment for tree roots due to all the water and the nutrients from the waste. As the roots absorb more nutrients, they will grow in size and the crack that they have made their way through will expand and can crack. If this crack is left to get worse then it can lead to the drain collapsing, leaving you with a leaking pipe.

how can I stop my drains from collapsingOn that same note, a drain that has gone years without being replaced or updated is a problem in and of itself. If there are underlying problems in your drains that are left to worsen, they will create a large amount of pressure on the drain, causing it to collapse.

Drains with cracks or decay are less able to withstand the pressure of the water inside the drain, as well as the weight of the earth around them, and over time it gets worse, eventually leading to drain collapse. CCTV drain surveys are an incredibly useful way of thoroughly investigating your drains to find any faults that you would not have otherwise known about. Using the latest software and technology, CCTV surveys can identify any decay or defects in the drains that are at risk of collapsing, and if anything is found during the survey it can be dealt with then and there, so you can rest assured that the problem is being taken care of.

In many cases, it is just a small part of the drainage system that collapses. In this scenario, you would simply need that part of the drain replaced. However, there are cases where you would need the entire system re-laid. For example, if you have a particularly old drainage system that has not been updated for a long time, you may find that having your drains relaid is an ideal preventative step to take.

You can certainly choose not to do this, but you would then be more likely to be faced with regularly experiencing problems and having to call out a drain engineer each time. To save yourself the time and money, opt for getting your drainage systems relaid.
It is important to know the reasons behind a collapsed drain in order to effectively prevent your drains from collapsing.

It is a good idea to take extra precautionary steps to maintain your drainage systems, including using chemicals to fight off tree roots, as well as replacing old pipes that are more susceptible to damage.

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Can rats come out of the sewers?

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Can rats make homes in sewersA good idea is to regularly maintain your drains using CCTV surveys. Not only will this identify any rats or rodents currently living in your sewage systems, it will also locate any potential problems that you would not have otherwise known about. These problems, such as decay or leaks, can offer rodents a way into the sewage systems which means they can find their way into your home.

Rats are able to burrow and gnaw their way into your drains with ease, particularly when there are already defects that make the pipes more vulnerable and weak. The water doesn’t bother rodents, as they are able to survive swimming in water for 3 days, so it is easy for them to swim from a public sewer to your property’s toilet pipes in no time at all.

When rats find their way into your property they pose a serious health risk to you and everyone that lives at the property. Rats can carry all sorts of bacteria and disease, as well as bringing bacteria up from the waste in your drains, and can bring these into your home. You can get very ill if you come into contact with anything that the rodents may have contaminated if they gain access to your home. It is important to prevent this happening by having regular check ups on your drains as well as taking precautionary steps to ensure that no blockages are created that might attract rodents or create ways for them to get in.

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Can rats come out of the sewers?

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Can rats come out of the sewerMany things can contribute to blockages in your sewage, including rodents. Rodents are attracted to drains particularly if there is a surplus of food that has been incorrectly disposed of down the pipes. However, there is a very real risk of your property being invaded by rats, as they are skilled at navigating through the sewage systems.

With such flexible bodies and excellent swimming abilities it is not difficult for a rat to find its way through a sewage system, even from as far away as the pipes in the city, and end up in your toilet bowl. Even the smallest holes are no match for a rat, as it can squeeze its way through most openings. So even if you have the smallest crack in your sewage pipes, it is still enough for a rat to make its way into the system and eventually find its way into the property.

To avoid attracting rats and other rodents to your drains, it is important to make sure that you are disposing of all waste properly and efficiently. Food substances that are greasy and fatty, and even foods such as coffee granules, must be thrown away in the bin and not washed down the drains. These substances cannot be washed away properly and can cause a buildup of waste, which rats find particularly inviting.

Rodents are not particularly fussy about what they eat, and have even been known to survive on food that they may find in toilet waste. However, they thrive on large amounts of food that has been flushed down kitchen sinks, and given that they are predominantly ‘family’ animals, when one rat finds its way to the drains it is likely being followed by many other rats. Avoid flushing these substances down the drains to prevent rodent infestation. Stay tuned from more tips from blocked drains Cambridge.