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How to Figure Out What's Wrong with Your Drainage System When Disaster Strikes

Many people procrastinate when it comes to fixing any maintenance issues around the home. They may know that trouble is brewing and can see where their attention is required, but they always tend to put things off until disaster strikes. You may have been aware of a looming problem with your drainage system, but now it's all overtaken you and you need to move quickly. What kind of professional help do you need to get things back to normal?

There are a number of different solutions, depending on the scale of the issue.

Under Pressure

One of the treatments is known as high-pressure jetting, where water is forced down the drain under significant pressure to get rid of whatever is in the way. It's not only good at clearing more solid objects, but can also break down accumulated fat.

The Traditional Way

A traditional method is to join together specifically designed rods into a long tool, which can then be introduced to the top of the drain. A special-purpose tool is fixed to the end of the first rod, which can "grab on" to the stubborn blockage while the operator twists, pulls and pushes from the top.

A Good Look

If you're not really sure what the problem is, perhaps the system will need to be surveyed first. The specialist can introduce a tiny camera connected to a sophisticated CCTV system. This remote-controlled operation can shed light on exactly what is causing the issue, especially if it is a relatively serious blockage.

Problems From the Outside

If your inefficient drainage system is partly caused due to infiltration from the outside, then the technician may be able to remove these challenges as well during the rodding or water jetting operation. For example, sometimes an annoying blockage is not due to introduced materials, but tree roots breaking in from the outside.

Up to the Challenge

If you're not sure about the total efficiency of your drainage system, you may have to get all the pipework tested to see if it is completely watertight and secure. This will call for each end of the relevant pipe to be closed off with special stoppers, before air is introduced using a pressurised pump. The operator will be able to read the results to see if the pipe has any potential leaks.

Call in the experts to figure out what is wrong with your system and help you get back to full operation.