A blocked drain can be an incredibly stressful thing – not to mention an unwanted strain on the wallet! Despite first rate drainage companies offering top quality unblocking and repairs at competitive rates, prevention is always better than a cure, so working hard to ensure that your drains don’t become blocked is the best way to save you both time, money and hassle!
Obstructions can be caused by a build-up of fats, hair and food waste, amongst other things, and over time these can form hard deposits that disrupt the flow of water. Discovering these blockages before they become hazardous to the drain’s operation is vital.
There are a number of preliminary inspections that you can carry out for yourself when assessing the health of your drains. For example, many drain covers can be removed fairly easily, allowing you to check for any visible tree roots, standing instead of flowing water, obvious erosion or cracks and any other obstructions. This will not give a full or completely accurate picture of the wellbeing of your drains however, and professional inspections are always advisable.
Nowadays, this generally means advanced CCTV monitoring to fully determine the health of pipes and sewers, snaking remotely controlled cameras through the drains to get into all the hard-to-reach areas. Once the obstruction or fault is discovered, it can then be resolved quickly and efficiently, with no time wasted on any unnecessary repair work. As well as blockages, CCTV inspections are commonly used to check for any damage caused by root ingress, leaks, displaced pipes or collapsed drains, giving an accurate picture of the extent of the problem.
Having a thorough and extensive drain inspection carried out before buying a house is also a savvy move. This can be especially important in older homes, as tree roots can cause cracks and other faults in the lining of the sewers, not to mention the build-up of potentially obstructive materials over time. It’s also important to note that during the 1950s, sewers were lined with a tar paper called Orangeburg, which disintegrates over time, so your drains will need relining if the property was built during this period.
The cost of a drain inspection will always be less than the amount you would end up shelling out for an emergency call-out and repair should your pipes start backing-up due to blockages, so don’t wait until it’s too late; get your drains inspected today.
Express Drainage Solutions are able to carry out accurate CCTV drain inspections for all domestic and commercial customers, following this up with all necessary drain repairs, high power jetting to clear obstructions and any required relining or replacement. Footage from the inspection can also be put on to a DVD, allowing you to see the extent of the issue for yourself, as well as providing you with all the evidence you need for insurance purposes.