What is a collapsed drain?

When something goes wrong with your drains it can be a huge inconvenience and a big source of stress. But we forget that we often take our drainage systems for granted. We turn on the taps and expect clean water to be there without thinking about the care that our drains need in order to work properly. Even the smallest of problems can escalate into much bigger issues such as cracks in the pipes or even a collapsed drain. When your drains collapse this can create chaos as it leads on to many issues that will need resolving, so it is important to know what causes a collapsed drain in order to properly prevent it from happening.

Drains that are particularly old are more susceptible to collapsing. After years of wear and tear drains can become worn down. This makes them more vulnerable to breakage such as cracks and decay.

If the condition of the drains is not kept up to a high standard then it becomes increasingly difficult for the drainpipes to handle the pressure inside the drain as well as having to hold all the weight of the earth around them. If there are pre-existing faults with your drains and they are ignored, they will only worsen over time, and when it gets too much for the drain, the drain will simply collapse under the weight. The most important thing you can do is to act straight away and nip any potential risks for problems in the bud before they can end up costing you more money.

The best way to do this is to call out a drain engineer to conduct a CCTV drain survey on your property. CCTV surveys are the ideal way to find out the current condition of your drains. Using the latest technology and software, drain engineers can find out not only how old your drains are but they can identify and locate any underlying problems that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed.

collapsed drain and tree root damageTree root invasion is another reason behind drain collapse. Even if your drains are nowhere near any trees, they are still vulnerable to tree root invasion. Tree roots get smaller and smaller the further away they are from the tree, meaning they can make their way into even the smallest cracks in a pipe. So even if your drains are not so old, they may still be an easy target for small tree roots to make their way in. Drains are the perfect habitat for tree roots – they provide the roots with all the water and nutrients that they need to grow. As these roots grow, so does the crack that they entered through.

If left for long enough, this creates more pressure on the drain and eventually the drain will collapse. A CCTV drain survey is the perfect way of finding any roots that might have made their way into the pipes and could cause you any trouble. It is also a good idea to consider using chemicals that will kill roots. However, you need to be careful with these chemicals as some will not only kill the roots but the plants too, so it is a good idea to use these only on the inside of the drains where the chemical’s effects will be isolated solely to the root inside the drain.

Whatever the problem, it is important that you act quickly as soon as you notice something’s wrong. Even if you are uncertain, a professional drain engineer will always be happy to help you with some advice on how best to proceed depending on your case.

Following a CCTV drain survey the drain engineer will provide you with a fully comprehensible and useful report of the findings as well as some friendly help and guidance, and they will be more than happy to address any concerns or queries you might have.

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