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Dealing with drain blockages


Posted on: February 13th, 2014

Drain blockages, in particular blocked household drains, are inconvenient and can also be a potential health hazard. Most drain blockages are preventable and some of the common causes are avoidable.

 

Common causes of blocked drains

  • pouring cooking fat, oils and grease down drains – these can solidify into the waste system and are notoriously difficult to remove
  • detergent scaling, particularly in hard water areas
  • flushing paper and cloth products such as disposable nappies, sanitary towels, cotton wool buds and newspapers down toilets – they can form a solid mass and eventually stop the flow of water.
  • pouring cement and plaster down drains – these can set rock-hard in the drain
  • pouring waste oil from motor vehicles into drains – it is illegal to do this
  • collapsed or damaged pipes.

 

Drain blockages often require CCTV drain surveys

Drain blockages often require CCTV drain surveys

How can I get my drains unblocked?

Contact a specialist contractor such as Scanseal and request a drain survey or quote to carry out the work. Alternatively you can hire the necessary drainage equipment and/or drain camera from Scanprobe if you are competent to perform the work yourself.

 

Scanseal are specialists in dealing with drain blockages

Scanseal are specialists in dealing with drain blockages

What if my drains keep blocking?

This may suggest that your pipes are faulty in some way. Tree root penetration and subsidence are common causes of broken pipes and specialist equipment is required to cut the roots and then repair the pipe.

If you are a property owner, you may want to have a drain survey using close circuit television (CCTV) equipment. You may find that the cost of a drain repair to your house is covered by your insurance.

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Further help and advice

If you want to report a drain problem or require further advice please contact Scanprobe on 0203 253 2001 or email sales@scanprobe.com



Scanprobe Drain Repair Equipment Hire Guarantee


Posted on: January 15th, 2014

Scanprobe have announced their Drain Repair Equipment Hire Guarantee whereby they will beat any written quote for CCTV inspection system / drain camera hire. Scanprobe’s hire rates vary over longer periods of time and hire rates include a free monthly service on the equipment. Scanprobe will match and beat any price guaranteed so if you can find a camera anywhere cheaper, please let us know (we will require proof and equipment specifications).

 

There are no discounts offered for 1-7days, these are set rates. All discounts are based on a 4-week month and are discounted from the standard week rate. A standard week is 7-days i.e. Monday to Monday and so on. Day rate terms: Monday to Thursday ‘one day’ hire is one 24-hour period. If hire commences on Friday the ‘one day’ will be 7:30am to 5:00pm On a Friday hire, if the unit is not returned by 5:00pm then a ‘one day’ hire charge will be added for the weekend. There is no charge for Sundays. We offer a try before you buy policy, in which up to 1-weeks hire can be deducted if you decide to purchase a new unit.

 

For more information regarding Scanprobe drain camera hire please contact Darren on 0203 253 2001 for further details.

The Scanprobe Drain Camera Hire Guarantee

The Scanprobe Drain Camera Hire Guarantee

 



Drain Camera Hire – 7 New Tractor Systems Added


Posted on: January 10th, 2014

Scanprobe have added seven new tractor systems to their comprehensive drain camera hire fleet due to popular demand and not only are they adding cameras, but they are updating them on a weekly basis.

 

New egg shaped tapered bulk head camera

New egg shaped tapered bulk head camera

The robust Colourprobe 3001 Crawler Pan & Tilt now comes with a tapered bulk head camera which was designed for chimney use, as the new egg shape head will glide through small passages forward or backwards. The pan & tilt motors have been upgraded to give a smoother rotation and pan. When you hire a Colourprobe 3001, you get the complete kit including wheel sets to handle pipe diameters from 150mm up to 1000mm.

 

There are no hidden extras for recorders and accessories, when you hire from Scanprobe and all you require is a power source. At Scanprobe we don’t stop redesigning and making improvements to our equipment in order to provide our customers with the best possible service.

 

7 new tractor systems added to the Scanprobe drain camera hire range

7 new tractor systems added to the Scanprobe drain camera hire range

The Scanprobe hire range also includes cameras ideal for inspecting and detecting problems with chimneys, gas and water mains and which can also be used down animal burrows and cavity walls

 

New tractor systems  - large wheel size option

New tractor systems – large wheel size option

Scanprobe provide a wide range of pipe inspection equipment and drain repair systems for hire with daily and weekly rates available. For Customers who wish to try before they buy, Scanprobe offer to refund up to 1 weeks hire charge should you decide to purchase the equipment outright.

The range includes pipe inspection systems to suit most requirements from wireless, handheld inspection cameras to the Colourprobe 3001 Crawler Pan & Tilt Pipeline Inspection system featured above.

As well as drain camera hire Scanprobe also provide a variety of additional accessories and leak detection equipment including the Radio Sonde System and the Scanprobe Easy-Smoker

 

Please visit the full Scanprobe hire range here or call us on 0203 253 2001 for more details.

 

 

 

 



Why is a CCTV Drain Survey needed?


Posted on: December 16th, 2013

Drains, by their very nature of being underground, are subjected to a number of stresses over the years.  The ground can move dramatically, depending on how wet or dry it is, shrub or tree roots grow around the pipes and subsidence can also add high additional weight over the pipes. In order to check drains and pipes periodically a CCTV Drain Survey can be carried out.

 

CCTV Survey image showing damage to pipe

CCTV Survey image showing damage to pipe

Traditional Salt Glazed sewer pipes will start to breakdown after a while and these stresses can start to cause leaking at the joints, cracking along the pipes or at worst complete collapse. Leaky soil pipes are not only a potential health hazard but can also wash away the foundations of a property causing subsidence. Damaged pipes can cause blockages.

 

CCTV Drain Camera locates problem

CCTV Drain Camera locates problem

When buying a property, the mortgage lender will often want assurance that the pipes are in good order. How can this be done, without having to expose the pipes? A Close Circuit Television (CCTV) drain survey is ideal for this purpose. This is a totally non-invasive process in which we insert a ‘rod’ with a camera attached at one end, connected to a monitor and recording system at the other end. If a problem is detected, an on-screen meter counter can determine the exact position.

 

If a drain repair or patch to the pipe is necessary, there are a number of options available, including replacing the broken section by excavation, or alternatively and in most cases preferable by no-dig or trenchless technology which involves relining the drain or pipe from within with a Glass reinforced plastic. This is particularly useful where pipes are inaccessible, such as under buildings. 

Pipe Repair is carried out after CCTV Drain Survey

Pipe Repair is carried out after CCTV Drain Survey

 

 

 

 

After a drain repair has been carried out a further CCTV drain survey will need to be carried out check to make sure that water is free flowing without any restrictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CCTV Camera used to check pipe repair

CCTV Camera used to check pipe repair

 

 

 

 



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