Do you have a drain that needs repairing in Whitstable?
When you see rising water outside your property, you may hope the water will evaporate and think it will typically be linked to bad weather. Drain Smart advise, when you see water outside your property or road, the water is there for a reason. There is a problem with the drain. Unfortunately a drain cannot fix itself. For water to rise to the surface, it means there is upto 2ft of water sitting below the drain. In the drain industry we refer to drain blockages as fractured, displaced, leaking or broken. It is how the drain has been in this way that needs investigating.
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Leaks at your property
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The process of repairing a leak
What are typical drain problems for homeowners?
All property whether it be a housing estate or an isolated single dwelling, pipes installed to be used to dispose of grey water which travels by a lateral drain which is located outside your property under public pavements and roads. Every household is responsible for their own drains in their premises except for flats who the leaseholder or landlord would be responsible for. A drain service company doesn’t just assess and repair sewers, but pipes, connecting pipes to your toilets, sinks and baths as the problem can arise in the pipework as well as the sewer drains. Drains have known to last 100 years and still some Victorian drains still exist working perfectly fine. Since the 1900s drains have been replaced using concrete and plastic. Both have their pros and cons.
Most of the drain problems aren’t from wear and tear, but problems with the ground above and build up of contents that run through.
- Cutting out tree root mass
- Build-up of fat, grease, or detergen
- Broken or blocked sewers or sewage pipes
What are typical drain problems for public authorities?
Public authorities mainly councils manage lateral drains that connect the main sewer to the each household. they are also responsible for land drainage, water level problems (Whitstable) and ground movement that is outside public property.
- Failed or broken soakaways
- Bellied drain
- Joint displacements in pipes and drains
- Vehicle activity affecting drains
- Tree root damage drains
- Concrete, cement or builders’ rubble
- Clogged or broken pipes
- Longitudinal cracking in a drain
- Problems with shared drains
Drain Repair for Whitstable home owners and businesses
Generally diagnosis of the problem is determined by CCTV camera inspection or a drain camera survey which is designed to help gather data, how far the problem is and the best course of remedial work. The camera inspection survey will provide details of the:
- Actual drain damage
- The depth of the drain
- The access to the problem area
- The connecting pipework (lateral drains)
These factors all have a bearing on the best form of drain repair.
What are the types of drain repair available?
If possible an insitu drain repair such as structural soft felt lining or structural patch lining is chosen as they are the most economical solutions, although in some cases there is no other option other than to excavate and replace the damaged pipework. If access problems or connecting pipework do prevent the insitu methods, sometimes a combination of localised excavations for access to drain sections, in particular, commercial drain repair is needed to deliver structural soft felt lining.
Structural Felt Lining Replacement
Sometimes where an insitu drain repair would have been possible but the level of damage his deteriorated, then excavation and renewal can be the most likely outcome. It may also be decided that the level of water loss and the possible erosion of soil below the pipework where the foundations have been badly effected then, this is another case of a drain repair that requires structural soft felt lining replacement to correct drain repair work.
In these cases we prefer to replace the defective section and during this process we excavate and remove the softened ground below the leaking drainage. This area is then replaced with mechanically compacted dry mix concrete to consolidate the affected subsoil and remove any voids below the pipework.
Numerous other defects such as severely deformed and delaminated pitch fibre pipework or large tree root damage and of course economy will factor in our recommendations for drain repair.
All of our lead drain engineers work with the installation of new pipework / drainwork, including PVC-u and ‘super sleve’. Drainsmart are fully conversant with the current Building Regulations which pertain to our industry.
All structural soft felt lining work is covered against faulty workmanship and materials and 15 year guarantee. Life expectancy is expected to last a minimum of 50 years.
A drain that on face value may need repairing, is not always the case. In the case of a blocked drain, sometimes a case of clearing out the blockage and jet hosing the drain to clean it from build up, can on many occasions be the simple solution, as we have experienced in Whitstable jobs carried out.
Commercial drainage we help with in Whitstable
- Local councils & authorities
- Healthcare authorities
- Private care homes
- Private home owners
- Commercial businesses
Drain Team: Whitstable
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