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What drain services do you provide?

What drain services do you provide?

There are many things that can go wrong with your drains, and it is all too easy to forget that they need regular care and maintenance in order to do their job properly. In an era where we are surrounded by so many modern conveniences it can become easy to take things for granted, particularly when they provide us with the basic necessities such as clean, safe water. It is important to take good care of your drains before they begin causing trouble for you.

No matter what the problem is, there is always a solution. The most common call we get is for a blocked drain, and there are many ways to go about tackling this. However, the most popular technique of clearing a blocked drain for many drain technicians is high pressure water jetting.

High pressure water jetting, also known as drain jetting, can be used for almost all blockages no matter how tough they are. Water is run through a high pressure hose with a jetting nozzle, forcing the blockage to loosen and come away from the wall of the drain it is blocking. Drain jetting can be used to combat blockages caused by a variety of things, including food waste, foreign objects, and it can even remove tree roots. The hose allows the drain technician to reach blockages that are far away, as well as negotiate the bends and turns in the pipes.

We also provide services for drain maintenance. You may not be aware of anything wrong with your drains, but we highly recommend calling a drain engineer to come out to your property and conduct a CCTV drain survey. Drain surveys are a perfect way of inspecting your drains to find any potential risks or underlying problems in your drains that you wouldn’t have otherwise known about. CCTV drain surveys are particularly useful if you have very old drains, or if you want to find out how old your drains are, as they can identify the signs of worn out drainage systems. Using the latest technology and software, the drain engineer will thoroughly inspect your drains for signs of decay, wear-and-tear, and even much bigger problems like cracks, tree root invasion, or rodents. A problem with your drains will never go away on its own so getting a CCTV drain survey is the perfect way to catch the issue before it can worsen.

what drain services are available from my local serviceCracks in your drains can have detrimental results if left ignored for too long. They can lead to a collapsed drain or a burst pipe, both of which will result in flooding. Flooding is a major issue which causes a great deal of damage to your property, as well as posing a serious health risk. The bacteria in the wastewater can very quickly contaminate your property, meaning you’re at risk of getting ill if you find your drains flooding.

When a drain collapses, it causes huge problems. Not only does it cause flooding, but it creates an easy access for many things that shouldn’t find their way into your drains, such as rodents and tree roots. It also means that your wastewater isn’t going to be taken away to the sewerage systems, so you’ll find yourself with plenty of waste on your property which can be very harmful. Drains that are very old and haven’t been updated in a long time are far more susceptible to collapsing, and once the drain collapses your best option is to get it relined.

In some cases, you may only need a small section of the system relined, but for the majority of cases we recommend getting the entire system relined. It may seem like a daunting thought but it is far more effective and cost-efficient to do this than to regularly call out a drain engineer everytime a new part of the drainage system collapses. Getting your drains relined also guarantees that you will not be faced with the same problems again, as you will have a completely new system of drains that are more robust and can withstand far more pressure from complications.

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How can I unblock my sink?

How can I unblock my sink?

how could i unblock a sinkWhen your sinks become blocked it can be a huge inconvenience, and can cause you a great deal of stress. Knowing how you can prevent and maintain a blocked drain is important, as well as knowing what steps you can take to get rid of small blockages. A blocked drain will never go away on its own, so it is imperative that you act quickly as soon as you notice the signs of a blockage, before it can increase in severity. If the blockage is of a small nature, it is possible for you to remove it yourself, however larger blockages need to be removed by a professional drain engineer with the right tools and equipment.

With a blocked sink, you have three options: cleaning products, a plunger, or removing the U-Bend pipe below the sink. If your drain has been blocked by food substances such as oil or grease, these materials can easily be broken down by cleaning products which can be found in most supermarkets on the home products aisles. However, if the blockage has been caused by foreign objects that have become stuck down the pipes, a plunger is the better option. If you are not sure about what may have caused your drain to become blocked, begin with cleaning products and observe how effective they are, moving on to use a plunger if necessary.

The majority of blockages in sinks are caused by a buildup of food waste that has been incorrectly disposed of. You will probably have noticed that over time the water in your sink has been draining more and more slowly, which is due to the blockage increasing in size gradually. There are a vast number of cleaning products you can purchase to try and tackle these blockages, but you can also use home remedies such as baking soda and vinegar.

Begin by pouring a pot of boiling water down the drains, and follow this up with a cup of baking soda and a cup of hot vinegar. The reaction between the vinegar and the soda will loosen and dislodge the buildup, and to wash it away finish by pouring another pot of boiling water down the drain. This can also be used as a preventative method to catch any blockages that may not have made themselves obvious yet.

Should the use of cleaning products prove ineffective, a plunger is your next best bet. Place a sink plunger over the plughole and gently push in an up and down motion to create pressure in the drain. Keep checking the drain in between pushing to see if the debris is moving at all, and clean it away if necessary. You can also check the effectiveness by running the taps and observing how long it takes for the water to drain.

Beneath the majority of sinks you will find that there is a U-Bend pipe that can often become blocked. However, due to the placement of the pipe it is not difficult to fix this. Make sure to place a bucket underneath the pipe before you start opening it, to avoid flooding. Begin by unscrewing the thread that is closest to you on the pipe, and wait until the water has stopped draining out of it. Repeat this step, but with the thread that is furthest away from you.

Removing these threads will allow you to remove the U-bend, but do so carefully and make sure to check for any debris that may fall out of the pipe. Once you have removed the U-bend, inspect the inside of the drains, looking for any potential buildups or blockages, and thoroughly clean. You can do so either with a wire hanger, a dishcloth with warm water, or with a screwdriver.

Once you are sure that the pipe is clean, replace the U-bend by screwing it back into place and, as an extra precaution, seal the pipe with waterproof tape to prevent any leaks that may occur. As with all methods, you can test the effectiveness by running the tap and seeing how smoothly the water drains.

However, if you do not feel comfortable making such repairs, do not attempt to do them. We often see customers calling up about a problem that they have made much worse by having a go themselves. If you ever find yourself in doubt about whether you can perform a fix on your own, call one of our expert blocked drain Sheffield team. For only a small sum (with no hidden costs), get our team to do it right. Find out more about drain services provided here.

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What is a collapsed drain?

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risk with roots collapsing a drainOn that same note, general wear and tear is another common reason behind drain collapse. If drains are left ignored for a long time, any fault that was pre-existing is given time to worsen and eventually the drain becomes too weak to withstand the pressure and force of the water running through it, as well as the weight of the earth on top of it.

In many cases it is just one small section that collapses, in which case only that section of the drainage system needs to be replaced. However, if your drains are particularly old and worn out, it might be a good idea to get the entire system replaced, in order to save yourself having to regularly call out a drain engineer because yet another part of the drainage system has collapsed.

These are not the only causes of a collapsed drain, but they are the most common and it is very important to know the risks there are in order to properly identify when something goes wrong, as well as prevent anything from happening in the future. It is always a good idea to use preventative measures in your property, and this can include using chemicals to fight off any tree roots near your drains, as well as replacing old pipes that are more vulnerable to damage than a newer system would be.

But not to worry, our professional team has seen all manner of problems, including collapsed drains. At blocked drain Sheffield, we pride ourselves on being able to handle any kind of plumbing situation, no matter the size. So, if you’ve suddenly experienced a drain collapse or if you fear one of your drains may collapse soon, do not hesitate to get in touch and call us out to deal with your drainage problems.

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What is a collapsed drain?

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Collapsed drain from the insideWe often take for granted our drainage systems – we turn on the taps and forget that there is a whole system underground that must be kept in top condition in order for us to have this luxury. At blocked drain Sheffield, we never forget this fact. You must remember that there are many things that can go wrong with your drains, particularly if they are not taken care of. While many blockages and damages are inevitable, there are plenty of ways to avoid them. It is always a good idea to do as much as you can to nurture your drains, as it can be significantly inconvenient and expensive if they are left to decay.

One of the major problems that can occur in drainage systems is a collapsed drain. Not only does it give off an awful smell, it leads to more damage like blockages and flooding, which will end up costing you more time and money. It is very important to know how to identify what causes a collapsed drain, in order to prevent it from occurring on your property.

There are a number of reasons behind a collapsed drain. Tree root invasion is when roots from a nearby tree find their way into the drain and cause breakages to the pipes. This is a very common cause of a collapsed drain, as it often goes unnoticed and is left unattended.

Over time, the tree roots expand as they absorb more water and nutrients, and this causes more damage to the pipes, resulting in larger cracks and breakages, until eventually the drain simply collapses and you are left with a leaking pipe. The wastewater leaking out of the pipe will attract all sorts of bad attention, including flies and other pests. Tree root invasion is a much more common occurrence in older drainage systems, as these drains usually already have defects and decay, making them more vulnerable to invasion.