The underground drainage in your home has a very important job to do, but it is out of sight out of mind until there is a problem which can hugely disrupt your day-to-day life.
Underground drainage is routed underground, and designed so that all water and waste from your home is swept off to a main sewer.
There are two types of drainage for your home, whilst they are usually kept separate older systems may be combined. These are:
- Foul drainage whichcarries the used water from toilets, sinks, baths, showers, dishwashers and washing machines. The above-ground pipework is referred to as sanitary pipework; the underground pipework is referred to as foul drains and foul sewers.
- Surface water drainagewhich carries rainwater (and melted snow and ice) from hard surfaces. The above-ground system of gutters and rainwater pipes is referred to as roof drainage; the underground pipework is referred to as surface water drains and surface water sewers.
Signs that you have a drainage problem
When there is a problem with your underground drainage, you may notice pooling of water outside your home or soggy soil which isn’t related to the weather. You could also have water coming back up from your sink plugholes, or have a problem with water draining down properly.
Having a blockage and experiencing waste water on your property grounds can cause odour, health problems when exposed to it for too long, and environmental damage.
A drainage problem needs to be addressed quickly, as it can have consequences for your home if waste water continues to spill out onto your land. It can compromise the foundations of your home, damage plants in your garden, look unsightly, and can make it difficult to walk on your garden where the soil is wet.
How to avoid a block in your underground drainage
The only things which should be put into drainage from your home are pee, poo, and toilet roll. Anything else can get stuck or not breakdown properly, causing a blockage.
Make sure there are no other items flushed down the toilet, such as sanitary products or nappies, and be aware that flushable wipes may go down the pipes but they don’t breakdown and are often a cause of a blockage.
Introducing sink strainers into the bathroom and kitchen can also stop unwanted items from flowing into your underground drainage system.
Hair that goes down the plughole in the bathroom can be a big contributor to blockages, and bits of food that goes down the sink in the kitchen can cause the same problem.
Leftover fat, oil and grease shouldn’t be put down the kitchen sink either, as they can all solidify in your pipes. To dispose of them safely, wait for them to cool, put them in a container, and put them in the bin.
Why you must look after your pipes
Every homeowner is responsible for the underground drainage attached to their property. This means that it is up to you to make sure everything that is flushed away in your home won’t cause a blockage in your pipes.
When a blockage does occur, having responsibility of your own underground drainage means that the expense will also fall to you. As well as the inconvenience and unsightly results that the emergence of waste water can cause, a large blockage can cost a lot of money to repair.
Making sure your underground drainage is installed properly
If you want to install a new underground drainage system or make a change to the one in place now, regulations are put in place under the Building Regulations which are controlled by your local council.
Your local council’s Building Control Officer needs to be consulted before any work can be done on your underground drainage to make sure it’s done properly and to reduce the risk of any problems with drainage or your home’s foundations later down the line.
Looking after your underground drainage system
There are many services available to make sure your underground drainage works smoothly, whether you just want a check-up, you want to clear out your drains to avoid a blockage later on, or if a blockage is occurring and needs to be fixed.
These drainage services include:
- High pressure jetting
- Drain clearance and descaling
- Root removal
- Planned maintenance
- Relining and patching
- Drain replacement
- CCTV surveys and reporting
- Pre-purchase surveys
Bluehouse Drainage has many years of experience in clearing underground drainage blockages. Speak to our team today about your drainage system, and see how we can help. Call 01923 281124.