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Using Sleeves to Repair Drain Pipes from Drainsmart Ltd

Here at Drainsmart Ltd, we are regularly providing our customers with drain repairs in London, as well as our popular service of CCTV Drain Surveys. The latter helps to identify if the former are needed, and one of the most common drainage issues we see is damaged drain pipes.


Using Sleeves to Repair Drain Pipes from Drainsmart Ltd
Using Sleeves to Repair Drain Pipes from Drainsmart Ltd

Pipes can become damaged for a variety of reasons, such as tree roots protruding through them, general soil movement around the pipes, or a blockage which has gone on so long it has caused the pipes to break. A CCTV drain survey will be able to pick up if your drain pipes are damaged, as well as other common issues such as blockages and infestations. If the problem identified is damaged pipes, we make recommend drain sleeving.


Drain sleeves are a method for repairing damaged drain pipes without needing extensive excavation. There are two main ways sleeves are used for drain repair:


Pipe Lining: This involves inserting a resin-coated sleeve into the existing damaged pipe. The sleeve is then inflated or cured in place, creating a new lining inside the old pipe. This method effectively seals cracks, holes, and leaks, restoring the structural integrity of the pipe.


External Clamps: These are pre-formed sleeves that fit around the outside of the damaged pipe section. They are tightened with straps or bolts to compress a sealing gasket against the pipe, stopping leaks. This is a good solution for minor damage or cracks.


Here are some of the benefits of using sleeves for drain repair:


Minimally invasive: Less digging is required compared to traditional pipe replacement methods.

Quicker repair times: Sleeving can often be completed in a single day.

Cost-effective: Generally less expensive than complete pipe replacement.


However, it's important to note that sleeve repairs may not be suitable for all types of pipe damage. Contact the Drainsmart Ltd team and our experts will be able to determine if sleeve repair is the right solution for your specific situation.


Here are some of our recent Google Reviews from customers who have needed drain repairs etc:


"Did a drain survey on a house we were looking to buy. Initially the team only did a CCTV survey when we had also requested drain tracing - but they immediately went back free of charge and rectified the problem. The survey uncovered some issues with the pipe - Tony was extremely helpful in spending time in talking through the potential implications. Would recommend to anyone in the area."

Mark - 5 Stars


"Very satisfied with the service provided by Drainsmart. Having been instructed to carry out a drains test, they identified a problem with the condition and routing of the pipework, provided a solution and carried out the required works. Having spoken to with Tony on a number of occasions and met with their operatives over 3 visits, I was very impressed with their knowledge, professionalism and level of service. They always arrived on time, finished within schedule and reinstated block paving to a good standard. Highly recommended."

Trevor - 5 Stars


"Drainsmart were excellent in everything they did. They conducted a prompt and thorough survey and provided me with the results using clear explanatory materials. Repair works were carried out promptly and to a high standard. I was very impressed. Super!"

Tom - 5 Stars



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