As the autumn fast approaches, when it comes to problems with your drains you probably worry about leaves falling and causing blockages or flooding from typical English weather. Although this is a valid, common concern at this time of year, it is worth thinking back to the summer before worrying about these issues.
Although many of us have had to stay in the UK this summer, we have been fortunate enough to have had several weeks of a heatwave, as opposed to the usual odd hot days experienced in most English summers.
It is worth considering the effects the good weather we’ve had this summer may have had on your drains. Believe it or not, hot weather can cause just as much damage to your drains as the cold, if not more.
Often, a lot of pipes and drains are made from plastic, which although may be cheap and practically most of the time, can be subject to becoming brittle and cracking in the heat.
This issue is often exasperated in many places, where spouts of hot weather are followed by hosepipe bans from local councils, which can lead to the ground becoming dry and cracked. The dry ground can then put a great deal of strain on your drains and pipes under the surface and lead to them cracking under pressure.
Although a tiny crack may not pose an immediate issue and go unnoticed initially, over time the crack is likely to grow and lead to multiple problems.
Signs you may have a cracked drain or pipe include:
- An odor coming from your drains
- Slow draining – from sinks, the bath, or shower
- Clogged drains
- Wet lawn – without rainfall
- Insect or rodent infestation
- Mould or mildew
- Broken concrete or walls
If you notice any of these signs it is important you contact the help and advice of the professionals as soon as possible. What may seem like a stressful issue can be easily sorted by the help of our experienced experts at Drain Jetting Services. The staff at Drain Jetting Services will be able to locate the crack and repair or replace the broken part, leaving your drains as good as new in no time.
Not only will Drain Jetting Services sort out the problem, but they can also offer advice to prevent future unwanted issues.
They do this by offering an advanced CCTV survey and inspection of your drains and pipes, which could be of the great benefit going into the often problematic autumn. The technology used can provide images of both internal and external drain pipes, highlighting high-risk areas and any potential issues going into the approaching colder weather.