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Drainage issues can be a major headache for homeowners and businesses alike. From blocked drains to persistent odours, these problems can disrupt daily life and cause significant damage if left unaddressed. Fortunately, there are effective solutions available to tackle these issues head-on.

The first signs of the problem

Drainage problems can manifest in various ways, ranging from slow-draining sinks to overflowing toilets. These issues are often caused by blockages, which can occur due to a build-up of debris, grease, or even tree roots infiltrating the pipes. Identifying the root cause of the problem is crucial in order to implement the appropriate solution.

CCTV Drain Surveys

Finding the root cause of the problem can be a hard problem to solve. The old traditional methods are often not sufficient, leaving the householder, landlord or business owner frustrated and worried. The good news is that there is a modern solution, this being the CCTV drain survey, otherwise known as a drain or sewer camera. They allow us to really ‘see’ the ‘problem’, and what is causing the blockage. This can be really important as spotting the problem early could save a lot of money in the long run.

What is a CCTV Drain Survey

CCTV drain surveys use a high-tech CCTV camera to inspect drainage systems and pinpoint any issues such as blockages, cracks, or leaks. These surveys are especially useful in cases where the source of the problem is unclear or when normal troubleshooting methods have failed.

The Types of Drain Checks

Sometimes drain surveys are not carried out because there is a problem, but because you want to make sure that there is not an issue.

Home Buyers Drain Survey

If you're considering purchasing a property, it's crucial to understand its drainage system thoroughly. The RICS Home Survey, while informative, does not specifically cover the drains. By conducting a CCTV drain survey, you can identify any existing or potential drainage issues before committing to the purchase. This can save you from unexpected expenses and potential headaches in the future.

Leasing a Property – Drainage and Sewer Camera Survey

As a landlord, it is your responsibility to ensure that your property's drain and sewage system is in proper working order. A pre-tenancy sewer camera survey can help find any issues so that preventive steps can be taken. By addressing these problems proactively, you can reduce repair costs and keep tenants safe, happy and satisfied.

New Builds  - Commercial Camera Drain Surveys

When constructing a new property or undertaking renovations, it is essential to survey the existing drainage infrastructure. Local water authorities often require a pre-build CCTV drain survey to avoid potential damage to preexisting drainage systems. This not only helps maintain the integrity of the infrastructure but also ensures compliance with regulations, avoiding planning problems and delays.

How a drain survey is carried out and what it could find

A CCTV drain survey involves several steps to ensure a comprehensive assessment of the drainage system. Here's a breakdown of the process:

Step 1: Initial Evaluation and Quotation

First contact us so we can obtain some facts about your drainage problem or project (e.g. house purchase, renovation etc). Then, if appropriate one of our trained engineer will visit your location and evaluate the extent of the job. Either way we will provide you with a detailed quotation, outlining the scope of work and associated costs.

Step 2: Camera Inspection

Once you're are happy with the quotation, we’ll schedule a convenient time to conduct the drain survey. We use a waterproof CCTV camera, inserting this into the drainage system through a suitable access point, like a manhole or an inspection chamber. The camera transmits live footage to a screen, allowing our engineers to visually inspect the drains in real-time.

Step 3: Data Analysis and Reporting

After the camera inspection, the recorded footage is analysed by our experienced engineers. This allows them to spot signs of blockages, cracks, leaks, tree root ingress, corrosion, or other drainage issues. We will then provide you with a comprehensive report, showing the condition of the drains, any potential problem areas, and recommended solutions.

What Can CCTV Drain Inspections Detect?

CCTV drain inspections are a powerful diagnostic tool that can identify a wide range of drainage problems. Some common issues detected through CCTV drain surveys include:

  • Blockages and Leaks: The camera can identify any blockages or leaks, thus determining the cause and location of the problem.
  • Displaced Joints: CCTV surveys can reveal any joints that have become displaced or misaligned, which can lead to leaks or reduced drainage efficiency.
  • Tree Root Ingress: Tree roots are a common cause of drainage issues, and once their location is known it is possible to remove them or carry any necessary prevention measures.
  • Corrosion, Wear and Tear: Over time, drainage pipes may deteriorate due to corrosion or general wear and tear. CCTV inspections can identify any areas of concern, enabling prompt repair or replacement.
  • Cracked and Collapsed Drains: Cracks or collapses in drainage pipes can lead to blockages and reduced functionality. Drain surveys can pinpoint these issues, guiding appropriate repair actions.
  • Scale Build-Up: Scale deposits within the drainage system can restrict water flow and contribute to blockages. Camera inspections help identify areas with significant scale build-up, facilitating effective cleaning or descaling.
  • Signs of Poor Insulation: Inadequate insulation within drainage pipes can lead to temperature-related issues, such as freezing or condensation.
  • Animal Infestation: CCTV inspections can detect signs of animal infestation within the drainage system, such as nests or blockages caused by debris brought in by animals.


Our Comprehensive Drain Jetting Service

High-pressure water jetting is a highly effective way of clearing out  stubborn blockages and preserving the overall health of your drains. This technique involves using a specialised machine to generate a powerful stream of water that can dislodge and flush away debris. High-pressure water jetting can reach deep within the pipes, ensuring a thorough cleaning and stopping future blockages.

The Benefits of Drain Jetting

Drain jetting offers several advantages over other drainage clearance methods like drain rods and drain snakes. It is versatility, thoroughness, and ability to reach deep within the pipes make it an ideal solution for a wide range of drainage issues. Here are some key benefits of drain jetting:

1. Comprehensive Cleaning

One of the major advantages of drain jetting is its ability to provide a thorough cleaning of your drainage system. The high-pressure water jet can effectively remove not only blockages but also built-up debris, grease, and scale that may be clinging to the walls of the pipes. This helps to restore optimal flow and prevent future blockages.

2. Versatility

Drain jetting is suitable for various types of drains, including kitchen sinks, toilets, showers, and outdoor drains. It can tackle different types of blockages, whether they are caused by organic matter, grease, or even tree roots, although in the latter case, work to remove the tree roots may also be needed.

3. Environmentally Friendly

Unlike chemical drain cleaners that can be harmful to both your pipes and the environment, drain jetting relies solely on the power of water. This makes it an environmentally friendly option for clearing your drains. Additionally, drain jetting does not introduce any harsh chemicals into your plumbing system, reducing the risk of damage to your pipes.

4. Preventive Maintenance

Drain jetting is not for just when you have a problem either as regular drain jetting is an effective preventive measure to keep your drains flowing smoothly. By removing debris and build-up before they cause major blockages, you can prevent costly repairs and ensure the longevity of your drainage system. This means that incorporating drain jetting into your routine maintenance can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

The Drain Jetting Process

The drain jetting process involves several steps to ensure a thorough and effective cleaning of your drains. Here is a breakdown of the typical drain jetting process:

1. Inspection and Assessment

Normally before any drain jetting is carried out, a thorough inspection of your drainage system is conducted. This is best done using a CCTV camera (also known as a drainage camera) to identify the location and nature of the blockages or possible other issues. This inspection process allows us to determine the most appropriate jetting technique and equipment.

2. High-Pressure Water Jetting

Once the inspection is complete, the drain jetting process begins. A specialised jetting machine is used to generate a powerful stream of water at high pressure. The jetting hose is inserted into the drain, and the technician carefully navigates it through the pipes, ensuring that all areas are thoroughly cleaned.

3. Debris Removal

As the high-pressure water jet dislodges and flushes away the blockages, the debris is carried out of the drain and into the sewer system. This step removes all obstruction, restoring optimal flow and preventing future blockages.

4. Inspection and Follow-Up

After the drain jetting process is complete, best practice suggests that another inspection is conducted to verify the effectiveness of the cleaning and identify any additional issues that may require attention. Our technician will provide recommendations for ongoing maintenance and address any concerns or questions you may have.

Drain Repair and Replacement

In some cases the CCTV survey may suggest that jetting alone will not solve your drainage issues, there being other issues such a damage to drains themselves. In these instances, it could well be necessary to replace the drains or to reline them.

Either way it is a specialised job, sometimes requiring plant to gain access to the drain channel.

This is no problem as at Heming Services we have access to our own plant so can easily deal with any issues you may have.

So when all said and done, we can deal with all of your drainage and sewer problems, from diagnosing the problem using a CCTV drain cam, jetting, lining and replacement. We can also deal with issues like tree root ingress.

For a complete service from a trusted local family firm, use Heming Services, you can be sure of good service, courteous and experienced staff all carried out in a timely manner.