CCTV DRAIN SURVEYS CROYDON
When water is spotted outside your property, it’s there for a reason. Many people hope that the water is linked to simply the bad weather, or that the water will hopefully evaporate and the issue will be resolved on its own. But unfortunately for water to be able to rise to the surface, there’s a serious issue with your drain. A drain cannot fix itself, and for a drainage issue to be completely resolved it should be treated by a fully qualified Drain Engineer. In the case of surface water, it means there is up to 2ft of water sitting below the drain. Here at Drainsmart, we believe the best solution is always to thoroughly investigate the drain and/or manhole and determine a course of action from there.
WHAT ISSUES DO WE REGULARLY DEAL WITH AT DRAINSMART?
- Pipes, bursts and leaks
- Who is responsible for fixing leaks?
- Leaks at your property
- Report a leak or burst pipe
- Drain mapping
- The process of repairing a leak
- Lead pipes
WHAT ARE TYPICAL DRAIN PROBLEMS FOR HOMEOWNERS IN CROYDEN?
All properties have a drainage system installed, no matter if that property is part of a housing estate or if it’s an isolated single dwelling. Pipes are necessary because they are used to dispose of grey water. Grey water travels by a system that is located outside your property, which travels under roads & public pavements. This is called the Lateral Drain.
It is the household that has the main responsibility of the drains in their premises, except for flats or shared housing as the leaseholder or landlord would be responsible in those circumstances. Here at Drainsmart we don’t only assess and repair drains, we also look at sewers, pipes, connecting pipes,toilets, sinks and baths. This is because we understand that the problem can arise in the pipework and not only the sewer drains.
Well built drains have been known still be in use up to 100 years after being installed, and there’s even some Victorian drains that are still working perfectly fine. Concrete and plastic have been used to replace these drains since the 1900’s. Both of these replacement materials have their pros and cons. Contrary to the popular opinion of most drain problems arising from general wear and tear, the real issue behind most drainage issues stems from the ground above the drain and build-up of debris that runs through them. This debris can be made up of:
- Tree root mass
- Build-up of grease, detergent or fat
- Broken or blocked sewers or sewage pipes obstructing the water flow
WHAT ARE TYPICAL DRAIN ISSUES FOR PUBLIC AUTHORITIES?
Public authorities are the main point of contact for any issues that arise with a lateral drain, for a residential issue it’s mainly the councils. Other examples that are the responsibility of public authority are; land drainage, ground movement outside your property and water level problems. Some of the typical problems that the Public Authorities currently face are:
- Problems with shared drains
- Failed or broken soakaways
- Bellied drains
- Joint displacements
- Tree root damage
- Cement, Concrete or Builders’ rubble
- Clogged or broken pipes
- Longitudinal cracking in a drain
DRAIN REPAIR FOR CROYDON HOME AND BUSINESSES OWNERS
With most of our work, if the problem cannot easily be located, we use a CCTV Drain Inspection to get to the bottom of the issue with precision. During the Drain Inspection we introduce a CCTV camera into the drain system and this gives us a clear understanding of the work we need to carry out to solve the problem. This method is something extremely helpful and guarantees us to be able to supply our customers with a detailed report noting the work and pricing for the course of action we need to take. CCTV Drain Surveys also help us to understand how deep in the drain the problem reaches and what the most cost effective course of remedial work we need to implement is. The camera inspection report provides us with details such as:
- The depth of the drain
- The cause of the drain damage
- The access to the problem area
- The connecting pipework
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF DRAIN REPAIR DO DRAINSMART PROVIDE
We continually try to pick the most cost effective methods for every one of our customers. So if an insitu drain repair such as structural soft felt lining or structural patch lining is something that we’re able to be implement, that’s what we’ll do. Although, we do understand that in certain situations the only option is to fully excavate and replace all of the damaged pipework. If we encounter any problems with the connecting pipework that prevents us from carrying out the insitu methods, we will sometimes use a combination of localised excavations for access to specific drain sections.
INSITU METHODS – STRUCTURAL FELT LINING REPLACEMENT IN CROYDON
Full excavation and renewal of the pipes is sometimes the most likely outcome when an insitu drain repair isn’t possible due to the levels of damage being much higher than expected. This can also be the outcome if the level of water loss and the possibility of soil erosion is high. These are some examples of other cases where a drain repair requires structural soft felt lining replacement. During this process we would usually excavate and remove the softened ground below the leaking drainage. We then replace this area with mechanically compacted dry mix concrete, to consolidate the affected subsoil and remove any voids below the pipework.
There are a number of other defects such as delaminated pitch fibre, severely deformed pipework or tree root damage. Pricing is always something which will factor in our recommendations for drain repair, as we are always trying to ensure you get the best method possible.
All of our lead drain engineers work with the installation of new pipework and/or drain work, including PVC and ‘super sleve’. Here at Drainsmart, we are also completely understanding of the current Building Regulations which pertain to our industry. All of the structural soft felt lining work that is taken out by us is covered against faulty workmanship and materials with a 15 year guarantee. The life expectancy of our work is a minimum of 50 years.
DRAIN CLEANING IN CROYDON
Many people assume that a drain needs repairing, but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the best way of clearing out a blockage in a drain is to simply jet hose it and clean it from build-up. We have found that on many occasions, this is the most simple solution and can have your system working efficiently in no time.
COMMERCIAL DRAINAGE THAT WE HELP WITH IN CROYDON
- Local Authorities & Councils
- Commercial businesses
- Healthcare authorities
- Private care homes
- Private home owners