Preventative Maintenance for Drains

Drain Preventative Maintenance – Ensuring Optimum Drain Performance

Imagine your business comes to a halt because of a clogged drain, causing significant downtime and financial losses. Or picture your family routine thrown into disarray by a sudden sewage backup, leaving your home in an unsanitary and unpleasant state. These scenarios are thoroughly unpleasant and not uncommon. They often arise from a lack of preventative maintenance for drains.

The truth is drainage emergencies rarely occur out of the blue. They are often the culmination of months or even years of neglect, where waste and debris gradually accumulate, forming dense blockages that disrupt the smooth flow of wastewater. By putting in place proactive drain maintenance measures, you can prevent these costly and disruptive emergencies from occurring in the first place.

Regular drain cleaning is the cornerstone of preventative maintenance. By removing accumulated waste and debris, you ensure that your drains remain unobstructed, and free-flowing. Additionally, knowing the telltale signs of drain problems, such as slow-draining sinks, gurgling sounds, and unpleasant odours, can alert you to potential issues early on, allowing you to address them before they escalate into major emergencies.

Scheduling regular preventative maintenance with a professional drain clearance company like Drainflow is the ultimate safeguard for your drainage system. Our experienced drain clearance team will thoroughly inspect your drains, identify any potential problems, and perform comprehensive cleaning and maintenance services to ensure your drains operate optimally.

In this blog, the drainage experts at Drainflow will look at the causes of drain emergencies, offer tips on maintaining the health of your drains, and clarify when it’s time to call in the professionals.


Telltale Signs There’s a Problem With Your Drains

Being able to recognise the symptoms of blockages or damaged drains is important to the health of your drainage system. If you take prompt action when they first arise, you’ll reduce the risk of costly repairs.

Symptoms of drain issues:

  • Standing water outside.
  • Gurgling or ticking sounds in your pipes.
  • Water bubbling up the plughole from the pipe.
  • Slow drainage from your sink or shower.
  • Unpleasant smells from your sink or drain.

Routine Cleaning for Residential Drains

Routine drain cleaning is a great way to prevent the build-up of waste materials that can turn into a blockage. The benefits of keeping your drains clear by regular, routine cleaning include:

  • Fresh smelling sinks and drains.
  • Fast drainage.
  • Extension to the lifespan of your pipes.
  • A clean and hygienic environment for your family.

Routine Maintenance Regime

In the same way that you clean the house regularly, your drains need regular attention to remain problem-free. Here’s a list of Drainflow top tips for keeping your drains healthy:

Routine Maintenance Regime
  • Our drains aren’t built for many of the items we try to put down them. Avoid pouring or flushing fats or grease, coffee grounds, food waste, baby wipes, soap, sanitary products.
  • A drain guard or filter should be place over your plugholes or outside drain grilles to capture solids before they disappear into the drain.
  • Flush your drain through regularly with boiling water to stop the build up of fat and grease in the pipes.
  • If you have hard water this can cause limescale to build up in your pipes. Consider installing a water softener system to reduce this risk.
  • Avoid using harsh chemical cleaning products as these can cause damage to your pipes.

Professional Drain Maintenance: Uncovering Hidden Underground Issues

While regular preventative maintenance helps keep your household pipes clear of debris, there’s still a chance of problems arising in the underground drain system, the network of pipes into which your household pipes feed. These underground pipes are not easily accessible and can be susceptible to tree root intrusion, which can lead to backups and other issues that disrupt your home’s plumbing.

Professional drain maintenance uses CCTV drain surveys to thoroughly inspect your drainage system for any underlying issues that need attention. A remote-controlled CCTV camera is carefully inserted into the drain, sending live images back to a monitor for real-time diagnosis and precise pinpointing of problems. The comprehensive survey report includes detailed recommendations and visual evidence of the identified issues.

By scheduling regular CCTV drain surveys, you can proactively identify and address potential problems before they escalate into major emergencies. These surveys provide valuable insights into the health and integrity of your underground drainage system, allowing you to make informed decisions about maintaining optimal drainage performance and preventing costly repairs in the future.

Managing the Drainage Risks of Commercial Properties

Managing the Drainage Risks of Commercial Properties

The drainage challenges faced by commercial businesses are far more complex and extensive compared to those of residential settings. A commercial kitchen, for instance, must contend with a significant volume of grease and food waste that can clog drains if not properly managed. Public toilets, on the other hand, are more prone to blockages caused by non-flushable items such as wipes and disposable nappies.

Our team of drainage experts carefully assesses the specific needs of each commercial client to develop a customised maintenance plan tailored to their unique drainage system. This personalised approach ensures that your drainage system receives the appropriate level of attention and maintenance to prevent costly and disruptive downtime.

Commercial properties typically require more frequent inspections and cleaning compared to residential settings. The intensity of usage and the nature of the waste generated in commercial establishments necessitate a more proactive approach to drainage maintenance. Our tailored maintenance schedules reflect this understanding and ensure that your drainage system remains in optimal working condition.

Cesspits & Septic Tanks

Homes or sites that are not connected to mains sewage rely on a cesspit or a septic tank to manage waste. Both need maintenance to ensure efficient management of sewage:

  • Cesspit Maintenance. These are used mainly in campsites, construction sites, or temporary portacabin accommodation. A cesspit doesn’t treat raw sewage; it is simply a cylindrical storage tank, which is placed two or three metres underground. Cesspits should be emptied on a monthly basis.
  • Septic Tank Maintenance. These treat the waste that flows into them, and the wastewater is allowed to soakaway, leaving solid material to decompose naturally. Like cesspits, septic tanks are located underground. They don’t need as much maintenance, but annual emptying and cleaning maintenance should be scheduled.

Wet Well Cleaning

Wet wells, also known as pumping stations, are situated at the lowest point of gravity in a drainage or sewer system. Waste material flows into the well and once it reaches a certain level, it is then pumped on to a treatment works. Over time solid materials build up in the well chamber, so maintenance is necessary to avoid blockages.


Trust Drainflow With Your Preventative Maintenance

The Drainflow team uses state-of-the art technology to carry out preventative maintenance for drains. Our specialist drain clearance services maintain pump stations, commercial sites, and residential homes. These include CCTV drain surveys to inspect drains and locate blockages, high power drain jetting to clear debris, cut away tree root ingress, and clean off grease and fat, and vacuum tankers for draining down and safe disposal.


Do you need preventative maintenance for your residential or commercial drains? Call Drainflow today to talk to one of our engineers – 01525 718500