With climate change making weather in the UK more unpredictable, homeowners need to take care to ensure that their homes are fit to withstand increasingly inclement weather.
With winters becoming milder and wetter, it’s important to make sure that drains and sewers are clear and in good repair to avoid flooding and other issues. Issues with drainage and sewers can be costly, but by acting early, home and building owners can drastically reduce the chance of a costly avalanche of repairs further down the line.
How often should drains be checked?
Routinely you should aim to have your drains fully checked by a reputable company that provides CCTV drainage surveys Alcester at least once a year. Drain experts such as www.wilkinson-env.co.uk/drainage-services-cctv-surveys-midlands/cctv-drain-surveys/cctv-drain-surveys-alcester use specialist camera equipment to get a full view of your drainage system without the need to dig up any of your property. It is less intrusive and faster than other types of sewer checks.
As well as potentially damaging obvious things above ground like roof tiles and fencing, increasingly frequent extreme weather in the UK can also damage drain and sewer systems, especially in cases of flooding. It may make sense to have your drains checked in mid-to-late summer as a preventative measure, as stormy weather in the UK is not uncommon from autumn to late spring.
Before purchasing a property
If a drain check is not included as part of your building survey when purchasing a property, you may wish to consider if this is something that should be added, especially in older properties with older plumbing systems. It is unfair to expect new homeowners to pick up the tab for this if there are big issues that should have been previously dealt with.