With the recent extreme weather and flooding, domestic drainage issues have been a persistent problem for many households across the UK. Blocked, broken or damaged drainage systems are a problem that can be costly to amend, but the real difficulties come when identifying the cause of such a problem so being clued in about your drainage system can save those much-needed pennies.
Small and serious drainage problems can kick up a real stink so it’s important to get drainage issues sorted as soon as possible, but how do you know you have a problem?
The Tell-Tale Signs of Damaged Drains
The most well-known sign is a pretty unmissable one; unpleasant smells go hand-in-hand with poor drainage and can tell you a lot about what’s going on in the depths of your drains. Less obvious signs include difficulties flushing your toilet and the slow draining of water from your sink, bath or shower. Tell-tale signs can be seen on the outside of your home too, overflowing drains, man holes and gulleys can signal a blockage in your drain pipes.
There are more serious signs, subsidence and cracked brickwork can signal drainage problems. The water leaking due to the drainage problem will cause the soil to soften; meaning everything on it will sink. Drainage subsidence can affect neighbouring properties too.
Dealing with Blocked Drains
Blockages are an all-too-common problem for drainage systems and in most cases blockages can be shifted without calling in a professional drainage company. Blockages can be caused by a build up of hair or grease, which clog up household water pipes. Invest is a plug strainer to prevent blockages all together. This can be placed in the plug hole of your sink, bath or shower to catch hair and solid waste that are often too much for domestic drains to handle. If your drain is already blocked, a plunger can be used to provide the suction you need to dislodge a stubborn blockage. Alternatively, you can unscrew the trap of a sink, this releases whatever is caught inside making the water running through it free flowing once more.
Cracked and Broken Drain Pipes
In any home, drainage pipes deteriorate over time causing cracked and broken pipe work. This deterioration is common in older homes, which are often fitted with salt-glazed clayware or cast iron pipes. Badly constructed drainage systems are prone to cracked drain pipes too. It’s not just man that causes drainage difficulties though, Mother Nature does her part in drain damage. Tree roots grow into pipes and even have the strength to push through manhole walls causing water leaks and badly damaged pipes. Natural ground movement can also be the cause of drainage problems.
Calling in the Professionals
Very often drainage difficulties can only be solved by a trained professional and believe me it is a messy job! To locate the problem local drainage experts complete checks involving dyes and even CCTV equipment to identify a collapse or internal problem. If the plunger doesn’t work in dislodging a blockage, drain rods can be used, whilst cutting equipment can be fed into the system to remove troublesome tree roots. In most cases, costly excavation isn’t needed, state-of-the-art equipment like CIPPs (which stands for Cured-In-Place Pipes) can be inserted and inflated to line a damaged pipe without the pipe being removed.
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