In houses, flats or businesses, defective drains can be a major problem. They can put health at risk, cause structural damage to buildings, and force businesses to close. We offer a range of expert services, and a prompt response, to pinpoint the cause and repair your drains quickly and effectively.
The signs of drain damage can differ, according to the type of problem. You may notice an offensive odour, leak, backlog of stagnant water, or blocked sink. Householders frequently call for help in drain unblocking, only to find that the problem is not a blockage, but damage within the drain itself.
Drains of course, empty into pipes. As we know, much of our UK infrastructure in terms of drainage pipes on property, is ageing. You may have been told that you have “pitch fibre” pipes, especially if your property was built between the 50s and 70s in the last century. These pipes are made from a mixture of coal tar and wood fibre. Although lighter and cheaper than the clay pipes that preceded them, pitch fibre drainage pipes are not very robust, and have a tendency to break.
The problem is, that they often contained asbestos mixed in with the other materials. This is not dangerous while the pipe is underground. But it does mean that if the pipes have to be patch repaired, or dug up and replaced, it’s an expert job. You will need professionals who are experienced in dealing with material containing asbestos, and who know how to handle and dispose of it safely. We have expertise in the area of pitch fibre drain repair and replacement, so contact us if you think you have this type of drainage pipe.
The roots of trees and large shrubs can also displace drainage pipes, causing them to be pushed up or down, and rupturing them. Frost and severe weather can cause pipes to crack, and physical deterioration can cause rust in older metal pipes. Joints are frequently a source of trouble, because if they don’t connect properly, wastewater or sewage can leak out.
Many drainage problems are under ground, or in parts of the pipe system that aren’t accessible or visible. But you don’t want to go to the expense of digging up your lawn or business property, if it turns out that the pipes underneath are not where the problem is located.
We use drainage CCTV to investigate these kinds of areas, so that you’re spared the expense of major works, unless they’re really necessary. The camera is put down the nearest rodding point, manhole or gully. We’re then able to use the camera to inspect the state of pipes and joints. It’s also a useful way to map the network of pipes on your property. We’ll assess the footage and report our findings back to you.
Following on from a CCTV inspection, we can often see where tree root ingress or other vegetation have entered the pipe and damaged the drainage system. The good news is, we can often carry out the repair in the same way, by using remote repair tools. In this way, you avoid the expense and disruption of having the pipe work excavated. We can use drain liner to place a patch on the problem area. This will stop roots invading the pipes in future.
A special type of pipe is threaded inside the current pipe, and it fixes inside the old pipe, to create a new, sound inside surface to the pipe. This technique is very flexible in terms of drain size, and can deal with small 100mm pipes, as well as big 1,500mm installations.
Sometimes however, there is no other alternative, and drains have to be dug up in order to be replaced or completely relined. Our professional drain technicians can do this safely and in a timely manner. They are fully insured, experienced, and safety trained.
With No1PHD, you can be assured that we will complete your drain repair as quickly as possible, working to our renowned high standards. Call us today 08006906777 if you have a drainage problem, or drain repair, and we’ll restore your drainage system to a fully functioning state quickly and cost-effectively.
After noticing that the house was unusually cold, we found that the heating wasn’t coming on and that our hot water had also failed. We called the team at No 1 PHD who dispatched an engineer to investigate. After discovering that the culprit was a faulty boiler part, they ordered in a new part and got it fitted as quickly as possible. The guys were great, and we couldn’t be happier.
For days, we’ve noticed a foul smell coming from outside and a gurgling sound coming from one of the drains. Whenever it would rain, the area around it would flood slightly and take ages to drain. We tried buying drain unblockers, but none seemed effective. Eventually, we turned to No 1 PHD and were left wondering why we didn’t do this sooner.