Do I need a drain test or a drain survey before I buy a house?

We are contacted by many prospective house purchasers every week. They have normally just received a homebuyers report from their surveyor.

The report will advise that the purchaser get the property’s drains inspected to check for any defects, that may lead to subsidence.

The report will inevitably suggest they find a suitable drainage company to arrange to have a drain survey and a drain test carried out at the property.

But which one do you need or do you need a drain test and a drain survey?

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Choosing a name for your drainage company

When we launched Drain Detectives in 2017, we spent a long time thinking about what the name of our new company should be.

We had looked at a lot of the other drainage companies for ideas and most were combinations of the usual suspects: drain, dial, rod, clear, blocked, flow, easy, fast, services, jet and drainage. All very sensible… Continue reading “Choosing a name for your drainage company”

Problems using drain rods to unblock drains

Drain rods are probably the first tool your drain engineer will reach for when he arrives at your property to clear a blocked drain or manhole.

However, a week doesn’t go by when we don’t get a call from a frustrated customer who has got drain rods or an attachment stuck in the drain.

In experienced hands, drain rods are perfect for clearing a drain blockage. Continue reading “Problems using drain rods to unblock drains”

Who is responsible for your drains?

This is the question that comes up most often when domestic customers call us about a problem they are having with drains on their property.

Why does it matter?

If the drains are your responsibility, then you must pay for blocked drains to be cleared and all drain repairs. If however, the drains are the responsibility of the local water authority, then “it’s happy days”, because they must do any repairs and you don’t pay a penny. So it is quite important to know.
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Welcome to Drain Detectives

This is our first post of hopefully many, over the coming months and years. What can you expect in terms of content? There will be probably the usual standard posts about what should or should not be put down the toilet etc.

Then maybe the odd interesting anecdote from our wonderful drain engineers out on the road, hopefully without too many graphic images (!), but maybe with the odd nugget of wisdom from “inside the manhole”.