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Case Study – Gutters and RWP Drainage in St Albans

Case Study – Gutters and RWP Drainage in St Albans

Gutters and RWP Drainage in St Albans

The Drainflow team spent a few hours at the French Connection store in St Albans last week. We weren’t buying clothes, surprisingly. They needed their guttering and RWP cleared as there was a blockage. we carried out the task successfully using scaffolding and suction equipment.

Ensuring that gutters are clean and free flowing is critical to the building structure. If left, debris can build up, leading to:

  • Damage to walls and ceilings.
  • The development of leaks.
  • Damp and mould.
  • Wood rot.

Any one of these could be a risk to the structural integrity of the building.


Clearing RWP Blockages

The rainwater pipe is a drainage fitting the diverts rainwater away from a building to a drainage system. RWPs often get blocked thanks to leaves and debris accumulating. They need to be regularly maintained to stop blockages and the attendant problem of standing water.

Gutter Clearance

We used scaffolding to reach the gutters at the front of the building. A high-power vacuum removed the debris and blockages quickly and without any attendant mess. The RWP was removed and thoroughly cleaned and then replaced. The blockages were cleared without any creating any obstacles to customers accessing the store, and there was no danger of falling debris.


Gutter and Drain Clearance From Drainflow

The Drainflow team is an established and trusted provider drain clearance services for St Albans. We provide CCTV drain surveys, drain jetting and the clearance of blocked rain gullies for our commercial, residential, and construction clients across Hertfordshire.

We are available 24/7, and our goal is always to get your drain blockage cleared on our first visit. In 99% of jobs we’re called out to, that is exactly what we do.


Need fast, effective construction site drain clearance services in St Albans? Call Drainflow today on 01525 718500

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Case Study – Drain Cleaning in Wixams, Bedfordshire

Case Study – Drain Cleaning in Wixams, Bedfordshire

Drain Cleaning in Wixams, Bedfordshire

Since 2007 the Bedfordshire town of Wixams has been steadily growing and maturing. The site covers just over 700 acres which was formerly the Elstow Munitions Factory during WWII, and then Elstow Storage depot. Wixams has plots for 4,500 new homes which are well underway, 3 schools have been built, and the town’s retail centre is growing fast.

The Drainflow team recently carried out foul and storm drain cleaning in the new town development.


Storm Drain Cleaning Near Construction Works

In areas like Wixams that are being newly developed the storm drains can experience stress from the trade waste which is flowing through the sewer system. We use high power drain jetting to clear any deposits, encrustations or blockages which are typical of this kind of environment.

We work from the mouth of the drain by inserting powerful jetting hoses which are capable of pressures in excess of 3,000psi. The pressurised jets flush through the system leaving the drains clean and free flowing.

Foul Water Cleaning

Foul water drains carry water from residential properties. This is the waste that’s produced washing machines, toilets, sinks. Since this is water that’s potentially contaminated with chemicals or effluent, it is sent to a sewage treatment plant. For this reason, storm and foul drainage is kept separate. Both systems can, however, be cleaned using drain jetting hoses.


Drain Clearance From Drainflow

Drainflow plays a vital role in the maintenance of public sewers by ensuring they are regularly cleaned and kept free of blockages and defects. We also work in the residential and commercial sectors unblocking sinks, toilets and providing CCTV drain surveys to check the health of drainage systems.

The team operates across North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Bedfordshire. We’re available 24/7, and our goal is always to get your drain blockage cleared on our first visit which in 99% of cases is exactly what we achieve.


Need fast, effective drain clearance services? Call Drainflow today on 01525 718500

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Rats in Drain Pipes

Rats in Drain Pipes

Worried You May Have Rats in Your Drain Pipes?

Sewers may not be attractive to humans, but for rats they’re an ideal environment. They provide safe shelter, plenty of food, and access to drains which lead into homes. All a rat requires is a crack, a hole or a disjoint and they’ll make their way through. Anything larger than a 50p piece will provide an invitation to rats in your drain pipes, and your home.


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Case Study – CCTV Drain Survey for Wheatley Homes, Henlow

Case Study - CCTV Drain Survey for Wheatley Homes, Henlow

CCTV Drain Survey for Wheatley Homes, Henlow

The Drainflow team recently paid a visit to the attractive village of Henlow between Biggleswade and Hitchin. Our client, Wheatley Homes, asked us to carry out drain jetting and a CCTV drain survey in the new Victoria Cross housing development in preparation for local water authority adoption of the foul and storm drainage system.


Storm Drainage

This is also known as surface water drainage. Storm drainage collects the water from roads, gutters, roofs, patios, and driveways. The water that is collected is free from household waste, and so it can run off into watercourses, and has no need to be treated in the sewers.

Foul Water Drainage

This is the waste that comes from bathrooms, kitchen, and utilities. The foul water drainage system collects it and transports it to the sewers where the water is treated. Storm and foul water drains obviously need to be kept separate in order to eliminate the risk of pollution.

Drainflow Carries Out CCTV Drain Inspection and Cleaning

The drainage system for a new housing development needs to be inspected and flushed through prior to public use. The Drainflow team checks for any sewer misconnections and inspects the pipework for potential blockages.

Drain clearance for new housing developments utilises two procedures:

  • CCTV Drain Survey. This is an inspection of the drainage system which allows us to check for blockages, or damaged pipes. We use a remote-controlled CCTV camera, mounted on a ‘crawler’ platform. The HD camera provides 360° real-time imagery to our surface monitors from the interior of the pipework.
  • Drain Jetting. Drainflow engineers use drain jetting hoses to cleanse the pipe work serving the storm and foul water drainage. Working from the mouth of the drain, water jets exceeding 3000psi flush out mud or silt, dislodge wedged objects, clear accretions clinging to the pipework.

Working With Drainflow

We are established drain clearance providers working across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, and North London. With two decades of experience, we’ve developed a great reputation for the provision of drain clearance services to commercial, construction and residential clients.

Drainflow is available 24/7, and our goal is always to get your drain blockage cleared promptly, on our first visit. In 99% of cases that is exactly what we manage to do.


Need fast, effective construction site drain clearance services? Call Drainflow today on 01525 718500

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