What do I do if my drains collapse?
It is very easy to forget about the drainage systems and we often take them for granted, assuming that they will always work properly and do exactly what they’re supposed to do without suffering any damage. However, this is not always the case, and it is important to know what problems your drains can suffer, and how to properly take care of them to ensure that it doesn’t happen regularly.
Many problems that drains may experience are inevitable, but there are some issues that are alleviated by improper care of the systems. One of the biggest problems you can have with your drains is a collapsed drain. This is a significant issue as it can lead to many other problems that are very expensive and much more damaging. In order to prevent your drains from collapsing, it is always a good idea to know what the causes of a collapsed drain are.
One of the major causes of a collapsed drain is tree root invasion. When roots from a nearby tree find their way into a drain, they make themselves at home within the system and because they stay lodged in the pipes, as they absorb more nutrients and expand the crack that they entered through will increase in size and if left for long enough it leads to a complete collapse of the drain. This leaves you with a leaking pipe, which leads to flooding and this can be a serious health hazard. The wastewater from the drains contains plenty of harmful bacteria that will contaminate your property and can make you very ill. Tree root invasion is far more common in older drains that are more worn down and decaying, as these drains a more vulnerable to breaking and allowing space for roots to enter the drain.
Similarly, a drain that has suffered a great deal of wear and tear and is very worn down is a problem in and of itself. Any fault that is pre-existing in the drain that has gone unnoticed will inevitably worsen over time, and the longer it goes without being fixed, the more likely it is to collapse.
Drains that have cracks or decay in them cannot withstand the same amount of pressure that a brand new drain can, as well as the weight of the earth around it. A good idea to resolve this before it can become a problem is to have regular CCTV drain surveys on your property. Using the latest technology and equipment, drain engineers will be able to identify and locate any problem areas in your drainage systems that need attention, and if anything is found during the survey it will be dealt with straight away, so you can rest assured that it has been taken care of.
In most cases, it is only a small part of the drainage system that collapses. If this is the case with you, you will simply need that part of the drains replaced. However, there are scenarios where you may need the entire drainage system re-laid. For example, if your drainage system is particularly old and you know that it has not been maintained for a long time then you may be better off having the system replaced with a new one. You can always opt not to do this, but then you would be more likely to be faced with regularly calling out a drain engineer every time another part of the drain suffers a problem, which can become far more expensive than just replacing it altogether.
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This is not an exhaustive list of the causes for a collapsed drain, but it is very important to know just a few of the things that can cause this to happen, in order to properly take care of your drains and avoid them from collapsing. It is a good idea to use precautionary methods to maintain your drainage systems, which may include using chemicals to fight off tree roots, as well as replacing old pipes that are more susceptible to damage.