What Are Floods & How Can Drain Jetting Services Help?


With the increase in the rain in the UK recently many homes have found themselves in situations that they had not previously thought about. Floods are the most hazardous natural disasters. Often they happen due to several various factors, some of these include rainfall characteristics, drainage system problems, and land use of water management in river basins. Water suddenly downpours and soil can no longer absorb the amount of water that is pouring. Therefore, it either pools or runs to a lower elevation which puts increasing pressure onto the sewerage network and drainage network.


Many areas have separate sewers that take foul waster and rainwater, in some areas the drainage system is combined. Some kitchen and toilets waster, therefore, mixes with the rainfall. During a heavy storm, the flow in the drains is much greater and can often reach maximum capacity. Drains and sewers are designed to cope with most storms but occasionally very heavy rainfall like the ones we have recently seen can and have overwhelmed the system. When there are a lot of storms and an increase in rainfall, sewage can overflow from manhole covers, gullies, and flood land. In the worst-case scenario, sewage can even flood into homes and businesses.


Drain Jetting Services are a professional team that can embrace the challenges of water waste management. We aim to get your property as soon as possible, assessing whether or not pumps can be used to remove the accumulation of water. However, it is worth noting that pumps can only offer limited relief from the symptoms of flooding.


The key for any flood protections is for the drains to act as a one-way valve, allowing water to leave the property but not come back up the drain pipes. This is also known as a non-return value, this can be retro-fitted to your property. But the type of value will also depend on several different factors.

Pipes need to be sized for the flow of water, to minimise the risk of blockages and allow correct air movement. If you’re concerned about your pipes and unsure of their sizes then please contact Drain Jetting Services to discuss your options.


So what can you do to help prevent flooding?


It’s important to check your flood risk. Your first step should be to check how much of a risk of flooding your property is. Once you have this information you can get more of an idea of how serious you need to take the flood defences in your home.


You also need to understand the flow of water, asses your property and think where floodwater would be most likely to come from, where would it build up and in which direction would it flow through your property.


Adding extra drainage to the edges of your property is a tactic that can help to keep flooding to a minimum.


Keeping grass in your gardens can help to make sure water is drained away naturally, paving the whole of your garden makes it harder for water to leave.


It’s often seen when floods begin to happen that homes are covering their entrance points with sandbags. If you are in an area known to flood then keeping a few of these on hand during the wetter months will help to make sure you’re always prepared.


If you do find yourself in an area that is of risk to flood. Always follow the advice given to you by the local authorities, don’t stay in your home if it is advised and remember to be safe. Drain Jetting Services is here to help if you need advice about what to do to help prevent flooding or if you’re concerned about the water flow of your property.

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