It can have a serious knock-on effect when a sewer collapses. And residents in Cambridge are facing just that, after a busy road has had to be closed so contractors can undertake emergency sewer repairs.

Mill Road in Cambridge will be shut from today for at least six weeks. The sewer, which is maintained by Anglian water, is about 9 metres under the road surface and needs complete replacement. Mill Road will be closed between Coleridge road and Perne road while the repairs are carried out and a diversion will be in place throughout the works.

The closure will have a knock-on effect to residents and businesses on the road, but work needs to be carried out to restore the integrity of the sewerage system.

Collapsed sewers can have a devastating effect on homeowners, not to mention local businesses. But drainage work needs to be carried out swiftly on problems like this. The above is a problem involves a large sewer pipe, but drain collapse can also happen to the much smaller pipes that leave your home. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have the contact details of a local drainage company so you can call them at a moment’s notice should the occasion arise.

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