Drain Clearance Options | Express Drainage Solutions

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However, knowing what type of drain clearance will be most suited to your needs isn’t always easy – particularly if you are unsure about the location and severity of the blockage. Here are a few handy tips to point you in the right direction…

Drain Rodding

When the obstruction is in external drains and sewers, drain rodding for clearance is a good option. Screwing metre-long sections of a rigid yet manoeuvrable rod together, this method works by pushing the rod through the pipework from an access chamber and can be adapted to allow for piercing and grabbing debris also.

Drain rods are usually made from specially developed polypropylene, giving the right balance of strength and flexibility, although more heavy-duty options made from steel are also common. The rod is pushed through the chamber using a twisting motion to free obstructions.

Drain Jetting

Another common method for clearing larger external sewers and drain networks, high–power drain jetting is often the most effective. Water is sprayed through tubing at up to 5,000 PSI in this drain clearance method, providing enough power to break down obstructive materials, such as grease, fats, leaves and other waste debris.

Drain jetting is particularly suited to clearing sand deposits and provides a clean and highly efficient method of clearing most blockages from your drains.

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If the cause or location of your blockage isn’t obvious, it is often unclear what the best course of action should be to rectify it. There are a number of tests and checks you can carry out to determine this, all available from leading drainage companies, such as Express Drainage Solutions.

  • CCTV Drain SurveysUsing advanced technology and equipment, these surveys send CCTV down into pipework, with images monitored above by a drainage expert. This will give the clearest possible indication of the blockage’s extent and location while also helping to identify other damage.
  • Dye Testing. Most often used to spot leaks, dye testing adds harmless colouration to the water supply, allowing to check the flow of wastewater through the system as well as to verify which outlets stem from which drains.
  • Drain Tracing. Often used alongside CCTV surveys, drain tracing uses locators such as sonar or metal detectors to trace the layout of your drainage system. This can help you to understand the makeup of your drains and sewers, identify potential problem areas or concealed sections that may be causing problems, and determine where drain and sewer clearance is required.

Express Drainage Solutions

Here at Express Drainage Solutions, our expert team are on hand to carry out high-quality, detailed CCTV surveying and other drain checks, accurately determining the nature of your issue.

We are then in possession of the information needed to be able to apply the best solution possible, whether high-power domestic drain jetting, hydro drain clearance, drain rodding or relining and repairs. For more information on rodding drains and more, get in touch today.

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