How can I stop my drains from collapsing? We often take for granted our drainage systems. We turn the tap on and expect there to be clean, safe water for us to drink, forgetting about the systems that are in place to provide us with this basic necessity. However, in forgetting about these drainage systems […]
How can I stop my drains from collapsing?
We often take for granted our drainage systems. We turn the tap on and expect there to be clean, safe water for us to drink, forgetting about the systems that are in place to provide us with this basic necessity. However, in forgetting about these drainage systems we forget that they need to be taken care of. It is important to know what can go wrong with your drains and how you can prevent it, in order to save yourself the stress of fixing the problem.
Many problems that can afflict a drain are inevitable, but there are some issues that occur simply because the drains have not been looked after properly. Even the smallest of problems can lead onto much more damage if they are not taken care of quickly, and often the result is a collapsed drain. A collapsed drain is a huge inconvenience and can cause flooding which is a far worse scenario that is best avoided.
One of the most common causes for a collapsed drain is tree root invasion. Tree roots can easily find their way into a drainage system through small cracks, commonly found in old pipes that have been subjected to years of wear and tear. Drains are a perfect environment for tree roots due to all the water and the nutrients from the waste. As the roots absorb more nutrients, they will grow in size and the crack that they have made their way through will expand and can crack. If this crack is left to get worse then it can lead to the drain collapsing, leaving you with a leaking pipe.
On that same note, a drain that has gone years without being replaced or updated is a problem in and of itself. If there are underlying problems in your drains that are left to worsen, they will create a large amount of pressure on the drain, causing it to collapse.
Drains with cracks or decay are less able to withstand the pressure of the water inside the drain, as well as the weight of the earth around them, and over time it gets worse, eventually leading to drain collapse. CCTV drain surveys are an incredibly useful way of thoroughly investigating your drains to find any faults that you would not have otherwise known about. Using the latest software and technology, CCTV surveys can identify any decay or defects in the drains that are at risk of collapsing, and if anything is found during the survey it can be dealt with then and there, so you can rest assured that the problem is being taken care of.
In many cases, it is just a small part of the drainage system that collapses. In this scenario, you would simply need that part of the drain replaced. However, there are cases where you would need the entire system re-laid. For example, if you have a particularly old drainage system that has not been updated for a long time, you may find that having your drains relaid is an ideal preventative step to take.
You can certainly choose not to do this, but you would then be more likely to be faced with regularly experiencing problems and having to call out a drain engineer each time. To save yourself the time and money, opt for getting your drainage systems relaid.
It is important to know the reasons behind a collapsed drain in order to effectively prevent your drains from collapsing.
It is a good idea to take extra precautionary steps to maintain your drainage systems, including using chemicals to fight off tree roots, as well as replacing old pipes that are more susceptible to damage.