Traditionally, if there were issues with a drain pipe the only way to get to the cause of the problem was to dig up the entire pipe. For obvious reasons, this led to the work taking more time to complete and only served to push up the cost even further. Fortunately, nowadays, there is a modern, non-destructive means of establishing the cause of a problem.
The process is simple and involves inserting a mini CCTV camera into the affected pipe. The feed is then monitored on HD screens which provide the most clarity making the true extent of the problem easy to make out. There is no need to excavate the pipe, and a CCTV survey can even turn up issues that are usually missed when the pipe is dug up. Once the survey is concluded, you will be supplied with an accurate quotation for the work required.
Clearing Pitch Fibre Drain Systems
Before any work can take place, the drain system must be cleared of any obstructions that could cause issues later on. For instance, as the drain becomes deformed and misshapen, blockages caused by leaves can become ever more prevalent. Tree roots and other foreign objects can also become lodged causing further issues to develop.
At 24 Hour Emergency Services, we utilise two methods to clear drains leaving them spotless ready for relining. The first method that we use is drain jetting which is a process where water is pumped through the drain at a pressure high enough to dislodge any blockages. This has the added effect of cleaning the drains too removing any fats, greases or oils that may have been deposited.
The beauty of drain jetting is that it won’t cause any further damage and is quick and easy to carry out. In some cases, we can also carry out manual rodding which uses rods to physically remove more stubborn blockages that cannot be shifted with water.
Drain relining is a fantastic way of restoring the integrity of a pitch fibre drain without excavating the pipe and at a fraction of the cost. Most pipes can be restored using this method which will increase the life expectancy by as much as 50 years or more. The process involves inserting a liner into the pipe which has been impregnated with a special resin.
The liner is then inflated and heated causing the resin to adhere to the inside of the original pipe and set. Once the resin has set, the lining will serve as a protective barrier against cracks and other damage. This new pipe will not only seal any breaches in the existing one, but it will also re-round a pitch fibre drain that has collapsed or warped.
In some cases, a pitch fibre drain may have collapsed to the point where relining won’t work. If this is the case, we are more than capable of excavating and replacing the entire pipe. In the event that the drain requires excavating, we will usually skip the cleaning stage as a new pipe will be placed into the ground and the old one discarded.
So, if you have pitch fibre drains installed on your property, and they are in need of urgent repair work, call 24 Hour Emergency Services now on 0800 046 3471.