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Thunder and Lightning Storms: What They Mean for Your Drainage System

Friday, August 8th, 2014

The summer has been undoubtedly beautiful for the UK this year, but remember, this is Britain, and we don’t get off that easily! The rising temperatures and humidity have been followed by freak storms and flash floods that have caused mayhem in some parts of the country.

Identifying Problems Caused by Mother Nature

This lovely weather, combined with heavy downpours, creates the perfect environment for your flourishing flowers and thriving trees, yet the speedy growth of the roots can cause a problem for your underground drains. The power of Mother Nature means that these roots can penetrate your drains, causing them to crack, leak and become blocked.

Unfortunately, when these types of blockages and problems occur, the only way to pinpoint their exact location is with a CCTV camera. Depending on where the problem is, the property owner may be accountable for the clearance of the blockage or the local water company may in fact be responsible. If you believe that you have a blockage in one of your drains, contact your water company who will then determine who is liable to pay for clearance.

Dealing with Blockages

A big storm often brings with it a large amount of rain. This incredibly heavy rainfall can cause the moss on the rooftops of properties to come away from the tiles and fall into the external drains. The moss then blocks the drains, reducing the amount of water than can flow freely away from properties, and this in turn causes floods. Floods can have disastrously detrimental effects on people’s homes, causing significant amount of damage as well as creating foul-smelling odours for residents.

It is possible in some cases to limit the effects of blockages caused by leaves and moss. It is a good idea to check your external drains on a regular basis, as this will reduce the effect of this kind of debris and go some way to preventing flooding in your property.

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