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HAVE YOU GOT A DRAIN THAT IS IN NEED OF REPAIR IN PENGE?

If you ever see water rising outside your home or business building, many people hope that it will eventually justdamage1-300x167 evaporate. A large percentage of people will also think that the water will be down to bad weather. Here at Drain Smart, we advise that when you see water rising outside your property or road, the water os going to require the attention of a qualified drain engineer. There is usually a problem with the drain. Sadly, a drain isn’t able to repair itself and for water to rise to the surface, it usually means there can be up to 2ft of water that is below the drain opening. In the drainage industry, drain blockages are referred to as displaced, fractured, leaking or just simply broken. The best solution is to have a knowledgable drain expert investigate the drain.

COMMON DRAIN PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED BY HOMEOWNERS

A system of pipes is installed underneath all properties, whether this is a housing estate or a single home, and is used to dispose of what is known as “grey water”. This grey water then travels via a lateral drain which is usually located outside your property underneath the public pavements and roads. Every household holds responsibility for their own drains, except for flats or rentals. In these cases the landlord or leaseholder would be responsible for them. A drainage repair company doesn’t just assess and repair sewers, but they also work on the pipes that connect to your toilets, sinks and baths. This is because the drainage problems can originate in the pipework, which can then lead to further issues in the sewer drains.

Drains can last up to 100 years, there are even some Victorian drains that still exist and are working perfectly. Drains have been replaced by plastic and concrete since the 1900’s. Both materials have their own pros and cons. Most of the issues that occur with drains today aren’t from wear and tear on the drain itself, but from the problems that start above ground. Popular issues that affect drain systems are: A build-up of fat, grease, or detergent, cutting out tree root mass and broken or blocked sewers or sewage pipes.

COMMON DRAIN PROBLEMS FOR PUBLIC AUTHORITIES.

It’s the Public authorities that manage the lateral drains that connect to the main sewer. These lateral drains also connect the main sewer to each individual household. Most of this management is done by the local council, and they are also responsible for water level problems, land drainage and ground movement that happens outside public property. There is a wide range of issues that are under management by Public Authority, and these include:

  • “Bellied” drains
  • Failed or broken soakaways
  • Joint displacements in drains and pipes
  • Concrete, cement or builders’ debris
  • Vehicle activity affecting drains
  • Tree roots that have damaged drains
  • Clogged or broken pipes
  • Longitudinal cracking in a drain
  • Problems that stem from shared drains

DRAIN REPAIRS FOR BUSINESSES & HOME OWNERS IN PENGE

Usually, a diagnosis of the problem can be determined by a CCTV camera inspection or a drain camera survey. Both of these methods are designed to help gather valuable data which will determine how far the problem reaches and the best course of work to rectify the situation. From this information, we are then able to put together a plan of action for the work needed. Before any of the work takes place we are able to give you a price and time period we believe the work will be completed by. A CCTV Drain Survey will provide a range of details including:

  • The actual damage that has taken place.
  • The depth of the drain itself.
  • What access is available to the problem area
  • The lateral drains connected to the drain

ARE THERE OTHER TYPES OF DRAIN REPAIR AVAILABLE?

If it’s possible, an insitu drain repair can be chosen over other drain repair solutions as it’s the most economical solution. Some examples of this type of repair are structural soft felt lining or structural patch lining. However, there are some cases where there is no other option than to excavate and replace all of the damaged pipework. If there are problems when accessing the area or perhaps the connecting pipework prevent the insitu methods, a combination of localised excavations for access to drain sections is needed to deliver structural soft felt lining.

WHAT IS STRUCTURAL FELT LINING REPLACEMENT?

Sometimes there are cases where an insitu drain repair would have been possible, but due to the level of damage the pipework has deteriorated. If this is the situation then full excavation and renewal is the most likely outcome. Another situation that is likely to result in a structural felt lining replacement is when the levels of water lost are high and the erosion of soil below the pipework has been badly effected. In such cases, here at Drain Smart, we prefer to replace the broken section. During this process we would excavate and then remove the softened ground below the leaking pipework. This area would then be replaced with mechanically compacted dry mix concrete to consolidate the affected subsoil and remove any voids below the pipework.

There are a large number of other defects that can occur in the home or in any building such as large tree root damage and sometimes severely deformed and delaminated pitch fibre pipework.

Every one of our knowledgable drain engineers work with the installation of new pipework and drainwork, and this includes the use of PVC-U and ‘Super Sleve’. Drain smart are fully knowledgeable when it comes to the current Building Regulations which apply to our industry.

All of the structural soft felt lining work we carry out is fully covered against faulty workmanship and materials and also has a 15 year guarantee. The life expectancy of the drain work we carry out is expected to last at least 50 years.

DRAIN CLEANING IN PENGE

Sometimes a drain can appear that it needs repairing, but that isn’t always the case. When it comes to blocked drains, clearing out the blockage and jet hosing the drain to clean it can be a much more simple solution.

HELP THAT WE CAN PROVIDE FOR COMMERCIAL DRAINAGE IN PENGE

• Local councils & authorities
• Landlords
• Tenants
• Private care homes
• Private home owners
• Healthcare authorities
• Commercial businesses.

If you are currently experiencing drainage issues in Penge, or have any other question or queries, please call one of our friendly team on 0800 7 40 80 40 or 020 8663 3699. Alternatively you can e-mail us directly on info@drainsmart.org.