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Patio drainage problems

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

We all love sitting on our patio when the weather is hot. And this year ten UK has seen some really good weather. One of the problems with patios however is that leaf, dust and dirt debris can accumulate on the patio when blown by the wind. This would otherwise mulch down into the soil. In many instances this garden debris can then block any drains in the surrounding area. To keep patios looking good, most homeowners also hose them down to remove this dust and dirt, which further exacerbates the problem as this debris is then washed down the drain. Blocked drains can be caused by an accumulation of garden debris. When the debris enters the drain, it is not easily washed away and when it accumulates, the drain is easily blocked. Prevention is always better than cure so fitting drain covers over your drains on a patio area is a great idea. These can stop leaves and other garden debris from getting into your drains and hence prevent drain blockages. If you have a blocked drain that is caused by garden debris, a drain cleaning company can remove the blockage by jetting the drain with a high pressure jet of water. This is quite a quick and simple task and is an effective way to unblock the drain.

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Drain de-scaling in hard water areas like London

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Most people decorate their homes on a regular basis. They might even have a new bathroom or a kitchen; however they rarely pay any attention to their drains until they have a problem. We use the drains from our home every time we turn on a tap, every time we go to the toilet and when we turn on the dishwasher or the washing machine. So we should really make sure that they are in good working order. If you use a drain maintenance company, they will be able to do a complete survey of your drainage system and suggest a suitable course of action if a problem is found. In hard water areas such as London, the problem is worsened because scale can build up in the drainage pipes and cause problems with waste flow. The drain maintenance company will be able to determine if your drainage pipes are scaled and will be able to remove the scale if it is thought to be warranted. Drainage pipes that are heavily scaled will be reduced in diameter and waste can easily become trapped on the rough inner surfaces of the pipe. Your drain maintenance company will use a specialist electro mechanical drain de-scaling machine to effectively remove all the scale and restore the integrity of your sewer pipes.

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Smelly drain problems solved

Monday, June 28th, 2010

With all the warm weather the UK has been seeing over the last couple of weeks, drain maintenance companies have seen a rise in the number of calls due to smelly drains. Smelly drains can be a problem during hot weather and are unfortunately indicative of a potential drainage problem. Smelly drains are usually caused by a damaged sewer pipe and need inspection before the problem worsens. A drain maintenance company can inspect a smelly drain and find the cause of the problem. They can use specialist CCTV survey equipment to look into the drain to locate the issue. Using a camera fitted on the end of a long flexible rod, real-time video footage of the drainage pipe can be seen on an engineer’s computer screen. This will give the drainage company enough information to do a detailed report on the problem and suggest a remedy. If a smelly drain is caused by a damaged sewer pipe the drainage company may suggest a liner repair. This entails inserting a liner into the pipe which is coated with epoxy resin. When the liner is in place, the epoxy sets and the pipe repair will be complete. What you lose in reduced diameter will be gained in waste flow if you choose to have a liner repair.

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Floods in Penrith aren’t helped by blocked drainage

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Businesses in Penrith town centre closed earlier this month after flash floods flowed through the town centre streets. More than 20 businesses are thought to have been affected after about 1pm in the afternoon on Monday the 7th June. The half hour torrential rain storm meant that fire crews had to be called to pump water out of houses on four streets. One shop owner is quoted to have said that it looked like the drains were blocked because water flowed straight down a road and created a pond. The Environment Agency are currently working on a scheme to protect Penrith from events like this, but due to the magnitude of the water in such a short space of time, the drains just could not cope. Problems like the ones seen above in Penrith can be exacerbated by blocked or faulty drainage. And while events like the above might only take place infrequently, it’s important that all our drains are performing to the peak of their ability, so if a problem were to occur, the drains would be able to handle it. Blocked drainage can be caused by many things, but if you have a drain maintenance contract in place, you can be sure that your drains will be in good working order.

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Drainage problems in Elkesley

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Residents in Headland Avenue, Elkesley have had enough of the drainage problems on their street after the latest problem left raw sewage floating in their back gardens. Homeowners have seen many drainage problems over the last few years which have caused serious issues for residents. One resident has had to replace his carpets several times, as his house fills with sewage when the drain overflows. The drains have flooded three times this year already in Feb, May and last weekend. The owner of the sewer system, Severn Trent, discovered a mixture of fats, oils and sanitary products were previously at fault. They have asked customers to take care regarding the substances that they put down their sinks. Drainage issues like this can cause untold problems for homeowners. And the people in Elkesley are undoubtedly fed up with the problems that blocked drainage can cause. It is for this reason that all homeowners should be made aware that some substances should not be poured into the drainage system. In some cases where the problem continues to persist, drainage companies may perform a CCTV survey to diagnose the problem. They can then suggest suitable remedial action.

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Drain maintenance for commercial establishments

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

If you have a leaky pipe underneath your sink it can be an inconvenience, but the problem can usually be solved in a matter of minutes. If you have a blocked drain, the issue may be a little more problematic and you might need to call a drainage company to solve the issue for you. Drains can become blocked after years of use. They are one of the few things we rely on daily that get little care or no attention until things start to go wrong. Drain maintenance companies are well aware of the problems that blocked or damaged drains can cause. And, when a drain becomes blocked in a large commercial establishment the knock on effects to the business can be disastrous. Any downtime that your business may suffer as a result of a blocked drain can have a serious financial effect. As a result, yearly profits may be reduced and employees might have to take paid time off work while the drainage problem is fixed, further increasing company costs. For large commercial organisations, it is imperative that they have a disaster recovery policy in place. And, as part of this policy, they should have an active maintenance agreement with a professional drain maintenance company. This means any drainage problems can be attended promptly and the maintenance company can perform regular surveys to locate potential problems before they escalate.

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Drainage liner repair in London

Monday, June 21st, 2010

After years of use, it is no wonder that on occasion drainage pipes can be broken or become misaligned due to subsidence. You may not realise this is even a problem until you have a blocked drain nor your drain starts to smell. Drain cleaning and maintenance professionals can conduct a survey on your drain using CCTV cameras to see if this is the problem and then suggest a suitable remedy. If the drain is in an accessible location or if the drain is beyond repair, they may suggest the drain is replaced for new. However, if there is only a small section of pipe damaged or if the drain is inaccessible, it may warrant a liner repair. What is a drain liner repair? If a drainage pipe is damaged under your property, the drain maintenance experts can actually repair the pipe in situ. The repair involves inserting an epoxy coated liner into the pipe at the point of damage. The liner is inflated to the correct dimensions of the pipe and hence seals any cracks or breaks. It is inevitable that the diameter of the pipe will be reduced slightly because of the repair but the flow rate should be substantially increased.

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Drain jetting can remove most drain blockages

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Drain jetting is an extremely effective method used to unblock drains. Because drainage systems are underground, they are usually inaccessible. So if there is a blockage in your drainage system, you need some method of unblocking the drain that does not necessitate the excavation of your entire system to locate the blockage. And this is why drain jetting is so useful. If you have a blocked drain, drain jetting companies in London will visit your premises and send a high pressure jet of water (usually up to 4,000 Psi) down the drain to remove the blockage. Blocked drains can be caused by many things. But household debris including grease and fat are the main culprits. Over time this debris can build up in the drain until the diameter of the pipe is reduced considerably and a blockage occurs. The high pressure jet that the London drain jetting company will use, will be able to break down the grease and fat and reinstate the drain to its full waste carrying capacity. If drain jetting does not cure the problem completely, there may be another reason for the blockage such as a damaged pipe or root intrusion into the pipe. Your drain jetting company may then suggest a CCTV survey to determine the precise reason for the blockage.

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Drain cleaning companies in London can help you out

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

If you have a drainage problem you need experienced professionals to help. The mess created by an overflowing drain can be devastating for the homeowner. Drain cleaning and maintenance professionals know the many problems that blocked drainage can cause and have all the tools to help. If you live in a large city like London, it can be tricky to find a drain cleaning company who will respond quickly. But because of the hectic work schedule that living in a large city demands, you also need a company you can rely on. If you choose a London drain cleaning company that employs experienced technicians who are willing to do any type of drainage job, you will be well on the way to finding a suitable drain cleaning company. Some drain cleaning companies will not only unblock the drain, they will also carry out a CCTV survey and if necessary replace a section of the drainage system if it is found to be broken beyond repair. Some drain cleaning companies in London also have simple pricing structures so you will know how much the job will cost before having the work done. This makes it easy for the customer to decide who to use.

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Some other services that drain maintenance companies provide

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Drain maintenance companies don’t just offer drain cleaning and unblocking services. They offer other brilliant services as well. Manhole lifting There are many reasons why a number of companies or even domestic customers may need to remove manhole covers. And, due to the wear and tear that these covers get and the infrequency in which they are lifted, they can be stuck fast. In some cases the manhole cover can actually become fused to the frame so can not be lifted at all. Some drainage companies have hydraulic lifting equipment that can easily lift a stubborn manhole cover. And, if it cannot be lifted using hydraulic equipment, they can install a new cover for you and give you a ten year structural guarantee. Floor surface cleaning The water jetting machine that the drainage company may commonly use for cleaning drains can also be used to clean surfaces. With water delivered at a pressure of 3000Psi, stubborn marks and builders debris can be removed easily. Water jetting is a great alternative to replacing a floor surface completely. The drainage company will usually carry out a test on an inconspicuous area first before cleaning the entire area.

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