Hot weather may highlight drain problems
After a period of wet and unsettled weather in June, warmer more settled weather is predicted by the Met Office across much of the UK throughout the last few days of June and into July. Great barbecue weather and perfect growing conditions, perhaps, but the sweet perfume from gardens in bloom may be replaced by a nasty niff and uncharacteristic flooding. These are sure signs it is time to check your drains.
The warm wet weather may be good for the garden. Below ground, though, the roots that support the new growth can play havoc with drains and sewers, penetrating pipes and causing blockages. And it’s set to continue for a little while yet.
As a householder, if the blockage is within the boundary of your property, you are responsible for clearing it. If it is beneath the street outside, it is probably the responsibility of the water company.
Prevention is, of course, better than cure. Here are some tips to help you avoid summer drainage and plumbing problems.
- Install a strainer in plug holes to catch hair and other objects that could block drains.
- Don’t pour fat and grease from cooking down the drain – allow it to cool and put it in the bin.
- Don’t dispose of old oil, paint or other substances down the drain.
- Have an established plumber inspect drains for leaks, damage and corrosion and get problems sorted out while they are small, rather than waiting for a disaster! By using a CCTV camera in the pipes, plumbers can inspect and pinpoint exactly where drains are cracked, damaged or penetrated by roots. Ask the plumber to give a diagnosis of the work needed and provide a written estimate up front. The ones who don’t probably have something to hide such as VAT costs or other ‘extras’.
If you do have a drainage problem and simple DIY techniques don’t solve it, call in the professionals – but make sure they are professionals. Drainage is becoming increasingly technical and you should always seek a qualified drainage technician such as Drain Doctor Plumbing. Call us 24 hours a day on 0800 70 71 72.