Why You Shouldn’t Use Liquid Chemical Drain Cleaners

Today we’re talking about the use of liquid chemical drain cleaners and why we believe they’re a bad idea. When your drains are clogged up it’s almost second nature to think that a liquid drain cleaner is the answer. After all, it’s quick, efficient and easy to use – so why shouldn’t you use it?

Liquid chemical drain cleaners for more substantial blockages aren’t really that useful.

Well, you’re right in thinking they’re quick, efficient and easy to use, however they’re not as effective as you’d like to believe. If you have a potential clog that’s more than a few hairs or a bit of food, it’s more than likely that drain cleaner won’t help at all. It’s much more effective to try using a plunger or a plumber’s snake, you’ll probably get better results. 

Brand drain cleaners or non-brand cleaners – they’re toxic, and that’s a no-brainer.

There’s something else to consider too. Chemicals which are used to make drain cleaners are extremely poisonous and toxic. This is especially true if you’re using cheap ones that don’t come from a well-known brand. And what’s more, they can remain in your drain long after it’s clear, causing more irritation with the smell they leave behind.

Strong, toxic chemicals.

Also, consider that a drain cleaner can damage your pipes because the chemicals used are very strong, where the majority use a substance known as hydrochloric acid. This is a toxic solution which can erode the lining of your pipes, and that can be very expensive to repair. 

To summarise, here are the main reasons why using a drainage clear for drain unblocking is a bad idea:

  • They’re not really effective and won’t necessarily remove what’s blocking it, and this is especially true if there’s a more substantial blockage

  • Due to the chemicals they contain, they can be extremely toxic, especially non-brand varieties

  • It’s likely that these type of liquid chemical drain cleaners can be harmful to the environment

  • You’ll probably get better results using a plunger or a plumber’s snake.


East of Scotland Drainage – for fast, effective and efficient unblocking of your drains.

If you have require pipe or drain unblocking why not give us a call. We’re here to help and one of our expert team members are always on hand to advise. We can send someone over to make a quick assessment and diagnosis, and then come up with solution that will get your drains working in next to no time. If you have a problem with your drains, give us a call today, don’t leave it until it becomes a major problem, deal with it now and it’ll be less expensive to clear.

Why Should You Use a CCTV Drain Survey

If you’re struggling with your drains and suspect you have a blockage then a CCTV drain survey could be the answer. We carry these out for our customers where needed, and they’re certainly the most effective way of seeing exactly what the problem is. By using CCTV, we get to see the condition of your drains in detail, and get to the core of the problem, seeing what it is and how severe it is. 

CCTV Drain/Drainage Survey – helps solve more complex issues.

Drainage issues can often be complex, and it’s not always a simple case of diagnosing the problem or finding a way of fixing it using traditional methods. With CCTV you can diagnose more serious issues, some of these might be collapsed pipes perhaps or root ingresses. By using CCTV, we can identify the problem, how it’s presented and then come up with workable solutions that will solve the problem. It also helps homeowners to make educated decisions on how they wish to proceed. 

CCTV Drain Survey - extensive and successful diagnosis.

A CCTV Drainage check is created to specifically provide an extensive look at your drainage system. It can send a live video back to our engineers so we can clearly see the state of your drains. Once we know what’s going on, we can offer solutions and start work right away, the longer you leave it, the worse it can get. 

Drainage Video Survey – providing visual evidence of what’s causing the problem.

By using the latest drain technology, we can examine all sorts of difficult access issues. We can then provide an in-depth report with photos showing the damage and a layout of your drain’s structure. If you have visual evidence in front of you, it can help you decide on what you’re going to do next. 

You can have us repair it, or you can provide a report to your buyers if you’re selling your home. This is a great idea, as you can then include this in your house price. If you’re staying, then we’ll advise on the next step. We’ll be able to put together a comprehensive plan of how to repair your drains that’s cost effective and will provide the best solution. 

East of Scotland Drainage – fast, effective and reliable solutions for blocked drains.

Here at East of Scotland Drainage we use the very best technology using the latest techniques to solve all your drainage issues. We offer cost effective solutions and always strive for customers satisfaction. Don’t leave drainage issues to resolve themselves, they can go on to become insurmountable, with long-standing issues that could not only be expensive to resolve but cause a potential health hazard to your entire family. Get in touch today and we can come and take a look, we’re friendly and approachable and we’re all trained and qualified drain specialists.

How to tell when your drains are blocked

These days you’re so busy getting on with the business of life that your drains are the last thing on your mind. However, it’s really important to make sure you keep an eye on them, because if you don’t it will invariably lead to a blockage which will require a drain unblocking service or something even more serious.

This week we’re looking at how to tell when your drains are blocked.

If you notice the early signs you can do something about it sooner preventing lasting damage to your drains and pipes. If you ignore it then it could cost you much more in your wallet too, and damaged drains and pipes can’t be left unattended or left to cowboys. You’ll need to call in the professionals now before it gets really bad or do something yourself before it becomes too complex for an untrained person.

Bad smells coming from the drains or plugs.

Some of the thing you should look out for are unpleasant smells, this could be due to blocked food and naturally as it decomposes it’s going to smell so the sooner you it the better. Slow drainage is another, with water taking ages to drain away, this is especially problematic in the shower or bath where we wash our hair and the strands go down the drain. The flow of water will start becoming sluggish and eventually it won’t drain at all, and you’ll be knee deep in water as you shower.

Rising water levels.

Another problem to look out for is increased water levels. As you try to flush the toilet the level of water rises much higher than it would normally. If it reaches the point where it overflows you could have a serious problem with your drains.

Gurgling sounds from drains and pipes.

It’s not just smells you need to look out for, try listening out for gurgling sounds from the plugs or drains as this could be signs of an imminent blockage. This noise is due to trapped air in the drain as you run water.

East of Scotland Drainage for blocked and clogged drains.

If you feel you’d rather not tackle any of these issues if you notice them, then you can always give us a call here at East of Scotland Drainage and one of our dedicated team will talk to you and pay you a visit. You can also get in touch with us via our contact page and someone will give you a call back. We have an expert team capable of unblocking and clearing drains.

Toilet Unclogging: A DIY Guide

The last thing you want to do is panic when your toilet is blocked. It’s never a great time to have a blocked toilet but there are things you can do about it before calling in the professionals. Today we’re going to be looking at some DIY ideas to unclog your toilet and hopefully this should help. Don’t continue flushing if it isn’t working.

Don’t keep flushing.

If there’s a toilet blockage and you persist with flushing the toilet there’s a good chance your toilet will overflow if you do. Check your toilet tank, there should be a drain stopper that’s attached to a chain. By closing this you will stop any more water going in the bowl until you’ve solved the blockage.

Prepare the area and yourself before you start.

Make sure the area is protected with either old towels, newspaper or toilet paper. It is also a good idea to open a window and if you have an extractor fan, switch that on too and have a bucket handy. There may be some rather unpleasant smells, so be prepared! Put on a pair of strong rubber gloves for your hands and preferably ones which go up to your elbow. Old clothing is a good idea in case you get covered in something.

Try to unclog the toilet manually first.

Try to retrieve whatever is stuck in your toilet with your hands, this is a good idea if it’s something you can see, something solid, like a hairbrush, a packet or jar of something, or a child’s toy. If you use a plunger too soon, it could wind up going further down into the toilet.

Unblock the toilet using a plunger if the manual method doesn’t work.

If this doesn’t work and you can’t see any object that you could pull out manually, then it’s time for a plunger. Plungers can vary in quality, size and function. You could get a regular small one or a larger heavy duty one that will work on just about anything. Cover the hole and then push and pull it over the hole you’ve covered, pull up sharp and hopefully this should dislodge whatever’s blocking the toilet. Hopefully, if you’ve been successful, you will see the water start to drain.

Flush now – is it clear?

It’s now time to finally flush the toilet to see whether it’s drained the blockage. If the clog is still there plunge again, refill the toilet bowl with water to the usual level if this is necessary. You may need to do this more than once before the plunger finally helps dislodge whatever’s blocking the toilet.

East of Scotland Drainage – for blocked toilets and drains.

If this still hasn’t worked, don’t continue, stop and call a professional drain expert. Hopefully, that will be us here at East of Scotland Drainage. We can help you unclog your toilet or your drains successfully, so you can get on with your life. Don’t let something like this beat you, if you’ve tried everything and to no avail, pick up the phone or get in touch online. We’re here to help.

A Brief Guide to Manhole Surveys

Today, we’re talking manhole surveys providing you with a brief guide, a nosegay shall we say, of what you can expect to happen if you decide to go ahead with one. A manhole survey will consist of some detailed and accurate measurements taken of your sewerage, regardless of whether it’s on private property, public or industrial. 

How many manholes – one or a thousand?

A manhole survey can cover a small area with maybe one or two on one property requiring investigation or it can escalate to many thousands of manholes. We can accurately assess the situation using this method to ascertain what the problem is. Then we’ll create detailed drawings that we can refer to before making a decision about what needs to happen next. 
Here at East of Scotland Drainage we have a fully trained team of drainage engineers. With our fully trained team onsite, we can safely complete any manhole work man hole survey you require. That’s why you should never attempt to do something like this yourself, always allow for a professional team to carry out any inspections of this nature.

Why do we carry out manhole surveys?

We’ll carry a manhole survey out so we can see what needs repairing and/or replacing. Manhole surveys aren’t done in isolation, there’s always a valid reason why one would be carried out. Usually we will carry out an inspection so we can implement the right repair programme. So that might entail placing a manhole lining or carrying out some routine repairs. As we’ve already mentioned all team members are trained to carry out their jobs and are specifically trained in the specialist area of manhole surveys. Things such as lighting, ensuring the area is suitable for a survey and not endangering public safety, and making sure the right signage is being used are all important aspects of the job.

Quality control and the use of sophisticated equipment.

We apply thorough quality control to make sure we meet the measurement requirements and tolerances, and all equipment we use to carry out any manhole surgery is always the latest and most sophisticated on the market. 

Manhole Surveys – always carried out in accordance with the highest standards set.

They are always carried out to the highest standards and will always come with the details required to make a decision about what repairs need carrying out, and also some photographs and maps. Our team will record any particular construction features, pipes both incoming and outgoing, chamber sizes and what we’ll wind up with is a complete and accurate area plan of your drain or drains.

East of Scotland Drainage – for efficient and effective manhole surveys carried out on your property.

Whether you have a domestic property, an industrial concern or a public building, if you think you may be in need a manhole survey or thorough investigation of your drains, get in touch with our team and we’ll be more than happy to talk you through the process. Give us a call, don’t delay.

What is Pipe Lining and why is it necessary?

Pipe lining is like lining a garment, it follows the same kind of method. It’s putting a sleeve lining inside a drain if it doesn’t need excavation work. This is cheaper than replacing the entire drain, and we will use this method if we know it’s viable in terms of saving your drain rather than replacing it completely. 

The no-dig method.

This no dig method is simple enough to carry out and doesn’t mean that adjoining pipework is cut off. This is because a cutter can be used to open up the connections with precision timing. Our technicians here at East of Scotland Drainage are particularly experienced carrying out this type of work. 

Ambient Cured and Heated Cured.

There are two types of lining, ambient cured and heat cured. Ambient cured is used for the partial lining of drains and is more commonly used on small commercial, industrial or domestic properties. Ambient cured linings give seamless repairs and stop any further damage from occurring. 

Ambient and heat cured lining.

For ambient cured linings they can be either dragged in to the drain or inverted, either method used with involve cutting the liner to the right length. The lining will then be either inflated into the drain or dragged.  With the inversion method the lining will be turned inside out and then forced through using pressure from either water or air. Heat cured will be used on longer and larger pipes and can be used for a multitude of different defects. 

Pipe lining where only precision work, training and expertise will do.

Our team carry out Pipe lining services with precision, attention to detail and an expertise that can only be acquired through training and experience gained over several years. We pride ourselves on having a team that can deliver when it comes to drain remedies of this type, and we only use pipe lining when it is suitable to do so.

Patch repair, excavation and drain replacement.

Sometimes other methods will be required, such as patch repair, this is another cost-effective method and will require less work. Sometimes, depending on the nature of the damage it may be the case that a full excavation is required, followed by a complete replacement of the drain. 

East of Scotland Drainage - drain lining, pipe lining from the experts.

Whatever is needed for your drains, we hope you’ll contact us here at East of Scotland Drainage where we can arrange a time that’s convenient and carry out some initial groundwork before a more in-depth investigation. Once we’ve done that our team of experts can decide what the right course of action is before starting work. Don’t let your drains get you down, give us a call today and let’s sort it out together.

Drain Excavation - What is it? (And when is it necessary?) 

Today, we’re looking at drain excavations and should you ever need one yourself for your property, you’ll know what to expect. Excavations are obviously about going in deep when it comes to problems in your drain and removing the actual drainage system. Here at East of Scotland Drainage we are specialists in this type of work, so we can carry out a drain excavation on your property, regardless of whether it’s a residential or commercial property.

Professional Excavations.

We carry out drain excavations services with precision, accuracy and attention to detail. As you can imagine a drain excavation must be carried out perfectly for it to be done correctly, so accuracy and precision are of paramount importance. The whole process also requires CCTV drain inspection, and as you can imagine there’s a large emphasis on health and safety, with regulations that must be adhered to in order to keep everyone safe. 

What exactly does drain excavation entail?

As the word suggests, it will involve digging a trench towards the drainage below so it can be investigated at close quarters. It is often the case that drainage blockages can become so difficult to deal with that they require a deeper more in-depth investigation. 

Older drains may be problematic as they age.

The drain might be quite old and in need of repair due to bad condition that causes all sorts of problems. There may be leaks, it might be extremely damaged and therefore eventually succumb to subsidence, or even flooding. There may be tree roots blocking the drains and they’ll need to be removed. 

We may need to install new pipes or drains.

Once we’ve dug in deep, what we find once we’ve found the blockage and removed it, is that we need to carry out repairs and then even install new pipes and drains, once this is done, everything should be back to normal for you. We work as a team and we come with many years’ experience, we’re always on hand to ask any questions, and we’ll do all we can to keep you informed as we go along.

The Importance of finding the perfect location.

The right location, and precision digging to avoid hitting gas, electricity and water supplies is crucial. To make sure any repairs we do carry out are cost effective, we have to make sure that where we dig is in the right location. Digging in the wrong place, as you can imagine, leaves us time poor and wastes your money. We need excellent pre-excavation diagnosis and a good knowledge of the right location so we can carry out those all so important and efficient repairs where they’re needed. Keep in mind that a lot of drains and pipes are close to gas, electricity and water supplies. 

East of Scotland Drainage – for drain excavation you can trust.

If you have a big problem with your drains and you believe you may have a blockage that won’t go away, then get in touch with us here at East of Scotland Drainage. We are here to help, and we have the expertise and knowledge to do an excellent job of your drains. We can carry out preliminary examination of the area, use CCTV drain footage to ascertain where we need to dig and then carry out any repairs, if required, after we’ve excavated. We’ll leave minimal to no mess on completion, and make sure we explain everything we’re doing every step of the way – it’s how we roll. Call us today!

What is Drain Tracing?

We will be welcoming you to the world of drain tracing this week. If you don’t know what it is, then you soon will, and who knows you may even order this as a service from one of us the next time your drains are in trouble. Let’s look at the process so we can get a clearer picture of what it is. 

Drain tracing is also known as sonar drain tracing, and the reason why that word is used is because it uses electrical pulses to discover what’s going on underground using special equipment. The next question is probably what would drain tracing be used for, and what kind of situations would it be required. 

We’ll use other equipment too to find out what’s going on.

It is often used in partnership with CCTV cameras when trying to assess the issues and make a diagnosis. It makes the next part of the job much easier because it gives a clear indication of what the problem is. It helps to make a firm diagnosis of what’s going on in your drains deep below the surface, and what the solution will be, and this saves time and money for both of us. 

What’s going on deep below in your drains?

We can find out. Sonar drain tracing is good because we can find out what’s going on deep below the ground. This is particularly useful if a more delicate method is required rather than something more robust. This is especially important if there is a delicate situation below which could cause further problems if a more active method is used. 

Drain tracing works, and we know because we use it ourselves.

Here at East of Scotland Drainage we find this to be one of the most useful methods for discovering serious issues deep within the drains. We use it for just such reasons, and we find it to be accurate in diagnosing problems in most cases. If you need drainage consultation for your drains, depending on the issues, we may well use sonar drain tracing. 

We’re always ready to invest in our customers.

Although it may cost more than a more straightforward and cheaper method, fi the blockage is a complex one, it’s one of the best methods out there and worth the investment. We invest ourselves in the technology because we think it’s such an accurate and cost-effective way of making a diagnosis. This is why we continue to be a successful drainage consultancy because we don’t spare on the costs if we believe in a new technological method for diagnosing drain issues. 

East of Scotland Drainage – for fast, effective relief from blockages in your drains.

If you think there’s a problem with your drains, why not get in touch, we’d love to help you, and we’re more than happy to come over and make an assessment before carrying out any investigation. We’re a professional, experienced team of drain specialists so why not give us a call today.

5 Benefits of Water Jetting your Drains

For a quick and timely cost-effective method for cleaning your drains look no further than water jetting. Water jetting is one of the most accurate methods out there to clear out build-up and blockages from your pipes. More people are turning to this method of drain cleaning because it does it so well, blasting high pressure water jet through a hose to clear away clogs of debris within, that’s often in a difficult to reach part of the drain.

The environmentally friendly alternative to chemical cleaning.

If you’ve been struggling for a while now with sewer or drain blockage then this is one method that will really help. And what’s more if you’re concerned about the environment, you’ll find that a high-pressure water jet is a great alternative to more traditional pipe cleaning that uses chemicals. It relies solely on water pressure which will wash away debris from the inside of your drains and pipes. Also, it’s environmentally safer to use if you live near a lake or river.

Effective drain jetting cleaning methods.

It’s really effective and the most capable in its cleaning method. Water is simply just more effective on grease, sludge and dirt than other more expensive chemical solutions. And rather than spreading it, it simply removes it completely. If there are any tree roots inside the pipes, then a jet can remove them much faster and more effectively and cleans them thoroughly too.

Residential and Commercial Use.

And water jetting isn’t just for commercial use it’s also for residential homes too, so whether you have a large or a small sewage system, in relation not the size of your home or commercial building, you can use the water jetting system anywhere. 

High powered water jetting that leaves no debris or clogs of dirt remaining.

The concentrated streams of water are pumped using state of the art equipment that helps unclogs drains beautifully so all you have after it’s completed is clean drains free of blockages. The hydro jet stream is so powerful that even the most stubborn clogs aren’t able to withstand the water and removes it completely. 

East of Scotland Drainage – for homeowners and landlord, residential and commercial buildings.

So, are you suffering from clogged, blocked drains and pipes? If you do and you’d like to try high power water jetting, then get in touch with us here at East of Scotland Drainage. We believe that drain jetting is a brilliant way to get rid of blockages in your pipes and drains. If you’d like to try it for yourself, regardless of whether you’re in a residential home or a commercial property, a homeowner or a landlord, give us a call or contact us online and we can arrange to come and see your drains at a time of your convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!

Fixing Broken or Damaged Pipes

We’re going to be talking about fixing broken or damaged pipes today as we know this is something that our customers come across a lot and are naturally concerned about. We’ll show you what you can do to repair and fix them, and if not what you should do next.

Firstly, leakages.

If you have a leak, one of the most important things you need to do is to establish what kind of a leak it is. It could be caused by all kinds of things, one being a loose joint, which can be tightened no problem. If there’s quite a leakage there then you may have to remove the entire pipe and then replace it with another one. This should be a fairly straightforward job. Always call a plumber if in any doubt about what you’re doing. 

Stop gap repairs.

You can also use patch kits which can be used on leaking pipes which you can purchase at any DIY store. You can also use epoxy paste, which you spread on the leak and wait until it sets, plus waterproof tape or duct tape. You want a strong resilient seal, but don’t go wrapping it in too much tape.


Frozen pipes/pipe issues.

Next, hat can you do about frozen pipes and avoid a burst pipe? A pipe can expand quite quickly once it’s full of frozen water. Rather than end up with a much more serious situation, here’s some tips on how you can rescue the situation.

  • Firstly, open the faucet, or the tap, so any steam which results from your thawing actions (which is the main goal: to thaw the pipes) and the steam can escape.

  • Secondly, thaw the pipe, and there are a number of different ways you can do this. Hot water is one method, and you can use a heavy towel wrapped around the pipes and pour hot water over it, you can hold a bucket underneath to catch any excess water. 

You could also try using a propane torch which comes with a nozzled flame spreader. Be careful when using this and how you use it is important. Don’t use it on one area for too long and just keep the flame moving around.

Long methods, same results.

The final and third of our options for thawing your pipes is using a hair dryer or a heat lamp. They’re both much safer than the two we’ve mentioned above, but as you can imagine, they take much longer. Which method you decide to use is entirely up to you. 

East of Scotland Drainage, for leaks, blockages and frozen pipes.

If you find that nothing works, and your pipes are blocked, leaking or won’t thaw no matter what you try, then get in touch with a professional such as East of Scotland Drainage. We’re always here to help and we have a professionally trained team to do a diagnostic check and to carry out relevant repairs. Give us a call today. 

Preventing Pipe Issues this Winter

Today’s post is all about the prevention of pipe issues, a common problem during the winter months when temperatures begin to drop. What can you do to stop your pipes from freezing and causing a blockage? With pipes, small issues can often lead to bigger concerns when left untreated. From what seems to start as a fairly simple problem can develop into something really serious. Something that can call a halt on your water supply and prevent a workable sewage system from operating effectively. 

So, what can you do about it?

If you live in a property of your own or whether you’re a landlord that rents out their own property, you need to . move quickly when resolving issues to do with drains and pipes before these issues worsen. If these issues escalate, not only are they harder to solve, they can also become more expensive. There are a lot of preventative measures you can take though to prevent more serious pipe issues from developing. 

Why do pipes freeze?

Pipes freeze because when something is warm enough it then contracts when it gets cold, but water will disobey this rule completely and continue to expand as the temperature gets lower and lower. Once it’s completely frozen, as in below zero, it will apply pressure on the structure of the pipes themselves.

They can also get blocked with leaves, twigs, frost and snow and other debris that can leave your pipes with little room to let water flow through them. If you don’t unclear blockages pronto it can get to be a bigger problem than it need be. 

Therefore:

  • Always check the pipes on a regular basis, clear anything you find from them

  • Be vigilant and check your pipes to see if they’re frozen, and check to see whether water is flowing through freely. Is the water coming back up instead of going down? That’s a sure sign of trouble

  • Call out some professional drain experts to ascertain what the problem is if you’re at a loss about what to do next, so they can carry out a thorough drain inspection.


You can also insulate your pipes, and this will help to minimise the likelihood of your pipes becoming blocked and then bursting, which really is a disastrous scenario to contemplate. 

Other things you can do too:

  • Inspect your pipes for gaps or cracks (insulation as we’ve discussed will help with this)

  • Keep your home warm in winter and this will help prevent pipes from freezing

  • Open your cupboard doors in the kitchen, this may sound strange, but it will help circulate the heat from the rest of the house into your pipes to help prevent freezing

  • Repair any dripping taps or valves as the water can freeze before it even comes through the tap, so it is therefore important to check your valves and taps regularly and repair any issues you discover so you can prevent this from happening.

East of Scotland Drainage – for blocked drains and drain damage.

We’re always fighting for to clear your drains. So, if you’re having issues with your pipes, or if your preventative measures so far haven’t worked in preventing a blockage you’ve found, then give us a call and we can come around and carry out a tentative investigation before carrying out something more intense. That way we can establish what the problems are and provide a workable, relevant solution. Get in touch today and keep your pipes in tip top condition this winter.

How to keep your drains clear

Welcome to another E.S. Drainage blog where today we’re discussing how you can keep your drains clear by following just a few simple tips! By following these tips you may be able to prevent stubborn blockages that are hard to clear, eventually leading to a call out from the professionals.

Prevention is better than cure.

It should go without saying that one of the best ways of preventing your drains from becoming clogged is by watching what you pour down it. Anything that has a tendency to cause a blockage, and there’s an ever-growing list, can include such things as coffee grounds, soap and hair to name but a few. By doing all you can not to put them down the sink, you’ll save yourself time in trying to unblock drains later. 


Oil and grease and how to dispose safely.

Oil and grease are two notorious culprits famous for causing blockages, and these can be removed carefully by either reusing them after pouring through a filter, or if it contains fat, such as lard or suet, you can roll into a ball with nuts and put it out for the birds. Some councils actually collect oils and reuse them for fuel, but you’ll need to contact yours to see whether your council does the same. You can use a drain filter to collect soap scum and then you can chuck this in the bin. 

Baking soda - the drain miracle.

Always run hot water down the sink after use and then use some baking soda, it’s a great cleaning agent, so it’ll not only leave your drain pipes squeaky clean, it’ll also absorb any bad smells. 

Vinegar.

You can also pour some vinegar, about one cupful, and let it sit there for around half an hour before chasing it down the sink with hot water. Vinegar, like baking soda, is a great cleaning agent and also contains acetic acid. This is great for removing build-up of debris in the pipes. 

Ice cube surprise.

You can also create ice cubes with vinegar in them which can then be laid in the drain to melt. This will keep your drains squeaky clean, although it will smell of vinegar in the kitchen, if you don’t mind that it’s definitely worth it!

East of Scotland Drainage – for blocked drains that won’t shift.

If you need help with unblocking drains and you’ve tried everything then please get in touch and one of our team members will be more than happy to come along and inspect the problem. We can use a variety of different methods to unblock your drains, and depending on how severe the problem is, get your drains unblocked in no time. Then once that’s done, you can start using the preventative measures we’ve mentioned in today’s blogs and avoid your drains becoming blocked again. Give us a call today!


What should I do if there is a communal drain issue at my property?

If there is a communal drain issue at your home, you can try solving the issues yourself if you feel confident enough to try it. What you need to do first however, is to find out who is responsible for the particular drain issues you’re having problems with. 

Detached homes

If you have a detached home, then you are only responsible for the drains which reach the front garden or drive of your property. It has been this way since 2011 when the law changed. If you are in a semi-detached home, then you are responsible for the part of the drain on your side of the house up until it reaches your neighbours boundary.

Terraced houses

Are you in a terraced house? If you are then you are only responsible for the parts that belong to your property before they connect to the other terraced houses in the row you live in. 

Properties in rural areas

If you live in a rural area, it’s unlikely your home will be connected to a public sewer and you’ll probably have your own arrangements for cesspits and sewers.

2011 Property Factors.

If you do have a problem, and you don’t have this information immediately at your fingertips it can leave you feeling concerned about how you’re going to deal with it. However, you needn’t worry as we are well aware here at East of Scotland Drainage of the property factors since 2011.

East of Scotland Drainage - Premier Gutter Cleaning

If you have any questions about what we’ve spoken about today, don’t hesitate to give us a call, or you can get in touch with us via our contact page, whichever method you use, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  If you have drains or gutters that need repair, or you don’t know what the problem is, but you know it may be serious, get in touch, we have various methods for making a diagnosis and have all the latest technology to help us do our work.

Four Key Reasons to Have Your Gutters Cleaned

We’ve got four key reasons why gutter cleaning is so important, and why it could save you money in the long-term if you stick to regular cleaning. By staying on top of your gutter cleaning you’ll be looking after the structure of your property as damaged gutters can cause tremendous damage, damage that may only be rectified by hiring drainage experts like ourselves. 

Even then, if the gutters have been damaged for some time, then this may have caused problems in other parts of the house which will also need to be repaired – at considerable cost. 

1. Water damage

When water overflows it can go into the structure into your house, it can accumulate around the foundations and without repair could seep in causing all sorts of damage. It can also make your home susceptible to damp from leakage, and damp lofts and basements are often caused by gutters which have become clogged and then overflowed. 

2. Damp and pest infestation

Damp will rot wood and brickwork of your property and as well as rotting the wood, it will provide excellent living conditions for mice, rats and other unpleasant insects that will just love the rot. That’s a whole lot of expense to consider. 

3. Escaping water

The water from your gutters can overflow not only into your house but into the ground, and this can obviously cause water logging as well as absorption into the very structure of your property. It could even flood the area around your home which can then enter through the wall’s structure. As it gradually weakens the structure of your house, it can cause untold damage. The water can seep into the foundations and this leads to damage that could cost thousands to rectify. 

4. Potential health hazard

If you allow gutters to overflow and become clogged it can be a potential health hazard. Think about what we said earlier about damage to the house and damp from leakages. Well damp leads to mould, and mould can cause all kinds of health problems, and if you have any pre-existing health issues, then mould is only going to make things worse, especially in winter.

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If you have any questions about what we’ve spoken about today, don’t hesitate to give us a call, or you can get in touch with us via our contact page, whichever method you use, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.  If you have drains or gutters that need repair, or you don’t know what the problem is, but you know it may be serious, get in touch, we have various methods for making a diagnosis and have all the latest technology to help us do our work.

Drains - How Do They Work?

Ever wondered how your drains work? You may not think it matters how they work really, as long as they do what they’re supposed to, but you’ll find it’s quite useful to know how they work because when you have problems, by understanding your drains better, you’ll be able to resolve issues and understand them more. 

We all know that drains are an important part of the water system of your home, they prevent blocks and clogging so that the water leaves your system quickly and efficiently. And that’s not all, if your water doesn’t drain away as it should waterborne bacteria can infiltrate your home and cause illness. 

Pressure, Gravity and Wastewater

Drains are not dependent on pressure so they will depend on gravity to help push the wastewater out and through the pipes, so they reach septic tanks swiftly. All drains will comprise of a combination of vents, clean-outs and traps, and all work together to rid your home of its wastewater. 

Air Vents

This works to get rid of the vacuum that’s created within the pipes and can interfere with water flow. Once the vacuum is removed the water flows better and without blockages. 

Traps/Clean-Outs

The trap is usually beneath the toilet and sink and is a U shaped pipe, its job is to stop the flow of air travelling in reverse, this is because sewer gases  not only smell bad but they’re really hazardous to health, and the best air trap will make sure these gases don’t find their way back into your home. Grease traps are usually in the kitchen and help to prevent blockages. You’re probably thinking to yourself, then why do I still get blockages occasionally? The reason for this is that sometimes traps don’t work, and this is due to an air seal not working or missing, it may also develop a leak. Traps, as you can imagine, are important to the working life of a drain as they help prevent gas coming out of it. 

If any of your components don’t work, then your drains will not work as they should

All of these components are important to your drains working properly, and all of them must work in unison so that all of the waste is rid of effectively. If you find that any one of your components are not working as they should then it’s advisable to seek the help and advice of a professional drain specialist. 

East of Scotland Drainage – Drain Maintenance Expertise

Come to us if you find that any of your drain’s components aren’t working very well. We are a team of drain specialists, and we can come to you and make a few observations and give you a diagnosis on what we believe are the solutions. If you like the sound of what we offer, we can help resolve your issues for you without fuss. Why contact us today?

What Does a CCTV Drain Survey Involve?

If you have a blocked drain and you can’t resolve it yourself, then it’s only natural you’re going to need a professional. We’d like to think you’d call us, and if you do we’d be more than happy to help. Whoever you call to resolve your drain issues, the use of a CCTV drain survey may be required. But what exactly does that involve? Stick around and we’ll explain in more detail.

What is a CCTV drain survey?

This type of survey is basically an inspection of your entire drainage system. Using high-tech cameras, we can insert them deep into your drains and see what the problem is. These cameras send us a live-feed that comes directly back to us and the engineer can take a good look at what’s causing the obstruction. Once we’ve identified what it is that’s causing the problems we can do something about it. 

So what kind of drainage issues warrant a CCTV drain survey?

These are useful for a whole range of problems. You can use it as part of an overall inspection of your new property, so you can get everything sorted out before you move in, and that includes an inspection of the drains. Its current condition is important in addressing any problems now before they have an impact on other parts of the property. It also helps you to make a fully informed decision on whether you want to go ahead and make the purchase. 

Sometimes ongoing drainage issues can be a real pain and as we’ve already mentioned can cause problems throughout the property that will have more expensive repercussions later on. These problems could include flooding, damp and mould which can all lead to ill health, and if you have young children, then this is naturally something you’d wish to avoid. 

Regardless of whether you are a tenant or a homeowner, a CCTV survey is of great value, helping to reach the root of the problem and helping you to deal with drainage issues. 

How is a CCTV drain survey carried out?

Well, we use a wide range of equipment and tools which a technician, specially trained, will be able to use to carry out a successful survey. Equipment can range from waterproof cameras, access rods which help to push cameras further into the drains and help them to navigate the depth of the drains, peering below and pushing around corners. Crawlers work on remote operation and provide visuals right into sewers, and can provide mobility within pipes, even when they’re obstructed. Sonar units are great for pipes which they are full of blockage, they provide what’s known as acoustic profiling, allowing the technician to assess the condition of a pipe and what’s stopping it from allowing water through.

East of Scotland Drainage – CCTV Drain Survey Experts

If you’re looking for help with your blocked drains and you’ve tried everything, then get in touch with us here at East of Scotland Drainage. We’re here to help, and we have a team of experts, trained in using CCTV drain surveys and how to use the equipment, so give us a call and we’ll do all we can to help.

Top Tips For Unblocking Your Shower

There’s nothing worse than a blocked shower, and once you have one it can be very hard to rectify. We’d love to be able to clear it up quickly and easily but if it’s been that way for a while, it’s not going to be quite so easy to resolve it. When you have a blocked shower, it can be unhygienic and increasingly difficult to use, so today, we’ve come up with some top tips to unblock your shower. We’re an experienced team who’ve worked with drainage issues for many years so you’re in safe hands!

Can you see what the blockage is?

The first thing to do is identify the blockage, and it’s likely that you’ll find it’s hair and soap scum. Try pulling out as much as you can with your hands first, you can also use a coat hanger or a pair of pliers, after that try running the water to see if the drain has recovered.

Plunger

The friendly plunger is your next stop. At this point use the plunger without resorting to chemicals and try to see if you can dislodge whatever’s blocking it. Try doing it a couple of times to see what happens.

Plumber’s Snake

You can buy one of these for a reasonable price. All it consists of is a long cable that’s attached to a handle. What you do is feed it down the drain until you reach the clog, turn the handle and bring it gently back up. Run the water then and test the drain to see if you’ve successfully removed the clog.

It may be that the blockage is big, and if this is the case keep turning the handle until what’s clogging the drain is broken up into bits so it’s easier to pull back up. You can repeat this process more than once until you see all of what’s clogging the drain right up.

Baking soda and vinegar

This is a great home solution to blocked drains and one you can make up quickly yourself. Make sure you create an equal amount of vinegar to baking soda and with the chemical reaction from both, once it’s poured in it should remove the blockage.

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If that doesn’t work, then you may find it’s time to call in the drainage professionals. That’s what we’re here for. We’re experts in drain management and if you have a blockage that really is proving hard to displace, then perhaps it’s time to get in touch. We’re here to help, contact us and we’ll be more than happy to talk it through before we pay you a visit.

Common Signs Your Gutters Are Blocked

It can only take a few small things to create havoc in your home and one of those is a blocked gutter. When your gutters become blocked they can eventually spill over, this can cause damage to the foundation and structure of your house caused by a combination of mould, mildew and condensation. This, as you can imagine, can be costly to repair.

We’ve Seen It All As Experienced Drainage Specialists

As experienced drainage experts we see these types of problems all the time, and often it’s something that could have been avoided if homeowners had recognised the signs. We’re talk about them here, so you can avoid a disaster of your own.

Always Keep An Eye On Your Gutters and Check Them Regularly

You can avoid disaster if you keep a vigilant eye on your gutters and check them on a regular basis. What kind of things should you be looking out for when it comes to your gutters?

Don’t Let Your Gutters Become a Nice Home For Local Birds and Mice

It’s a sure sign your gutters are clogged when you have mice or rats creating a nest in them! If you have debris that’s become compressed over time, this is going to be a really attractive option for birds or small animals to create a nest. In fact, the concave shape and structure of a gutter is perfect for birds. It’s time to clear your gutters once you see birds or animals popping their heads out of your guttering.

Waterfalls From Your Gutters Is Not Pretty, It’s a Sign There’s Something Wrong

If you can hear trickling water or a roaring and cascading sound, be alarmed, be very alarmed. This isn’t something you can lie back and relax to you, this is a potential problem that needs dealing with before it becomes an emergency. Your gutters are blocked and there’s nowhere for the water to go. The sound of falling water may be very relaxing - when it’s on a meditation app, not coming from your roof. The water is coming off your gutters because it’s spilling over the sides and eventually it could be the cause of damage to the house’s foundation and that will be costly to repair. Eventually your gutters will sag under the debris they’re carrying.

East of Scotland Drainage West Lothian – For The Best in Drainage Issues

If you think your gutters are blocked and you think it’s gone too far for you to do anything yourself then get in touch with us here at East of Scotland Drainage serving all of West Lothian. We’re the experts in drainage issues and we can make take a look, make a diagnosis of what we think the problem is, and give you a solution that works. We’re here to take your call so get in touch if you’re experiencing problems.

How to Prevent Drain Corrosion

Today we’re talking about drain corrosion and how to prevent it. Corrosion is bad news as it can weaken the metal in your pipes, stripping important coatings and allowing rust to take hold. It’s caused by galvanized steel and copper piping reacting together where the water is charged, and this strips the galvanized coating. Left too late it takes over and can result in costly replacement.

What Can You Do To Prevent This?

One of the most successful ways of dealing with corrosion is to check your drains thoroughly and regularly. If you have any rust around the plugholes, such as in your bath or sink, this could be a sign of more trouble below. If the iron in your water is exposed to a certain degree of humidity it’ll clog your drains. What you’ll need to do is make sure unclog your drains with a good quality drain cleaner

Chlorine Can Help, But Only Use With Expert Help

One other solution which can be effective is chlorinating the water. Chlorine can help prevent the risk of bacteria developing, however it can also be the cause of corrosion, so it’s better to have this job done by a professional drain specialist, someone who knows what they’re doing.

Routine Checks Help

Prevention is always better than cure, so by carrying out routine checks on a regular basis you can prevent any problems like rust developing. By doing this you’re probably saving yourself a lot of expense in the long-term, even simple things like flushing the drains can help. This is done by filling the sinks and then pulling out the plug, this flushes the drains completely and helps to remove any debris clinging to the sides. You can also use bleach overnight which is also pretty effective.

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If you think your drains have been corroded and you’re worried about this, then why not get in touch with us here at East of Scotland Drainage, we’re here to help, and our team of experts will usually have an answer to your problems. So, if you are worried, pick up the phone and give us a call.

What Are CCTV Drain Surveys and When Are They Required

Let’s talk about CCTV drain surveys and how important they are to your drains. If you’ve suffered with blocked drains in the past, then you’ll know only to well what a nuisance they can be. And as well as this they can cause all kinds of disruptions as well as being a health hazard. Whatever solutions you fell back on at the time to resolve your blocked drains, you may be faced with the same problem again. Last time you may have resolved the issue yourself or called out a plumber.

Using CCTV Drain Surveys

This is relatively new but is becoming an increasingly popular solution to blocked drains. CCTV drain surveys are really good for making a diagnosis of problems and issues, by using a remote-control camera, a specialist can discover what’s wrong and sort out the problem quickly.

CCTV Drain Surveys Get to the Heart of the Problem

Drains can cause serious problems if left untreated. What a CCTV survey does is give your drains a quick diagnosis, finding out what the issues are quickly and resolving them efficiently, so you can get on with life. The last thing you need are blocked drains causing all kinds of problems that could have a detrimental impact on your family’s healthy.

CCTV Drain Surveys are Accurate

CCTV drain surveys are far better than guesswork and providing a solution that doesn’t match the problem. Making assumptions doesn’t get to the root of what’s causing your blocked drains, but with CCTV drain surveys you have a far better way of dealing with the issue and resolving it before it causes untold damage.

Minimise Downtime

The other good news is that it doesn’t cause much in the way of disruption. Drain surveys can keep disruption down to a manageable level where the team can work quietly on the exact area where the problem lies, and that’s without having to dig up the area. That way you can get on as normal while the drains are being repaired.

CCTV Drain Surveys For Your New Home

CCTV drain surveys are also good for new property owners. If you’re moving into a new property then having your drains checked is a perfect way to establish how healthy your drains are, so you can sort out any problems quickly. It could save you problems further down the line and by having them looked at now, you’re saving yourself time in the future.

East of Scotland Drainage - CCTV Drain Survey Experts

If you think your drains would benefit from CCTV drain surveys, then get in touch with one of our team here at East of Scotland Drainage, and they’ll be more than happy to discuss your options. We’re the best in Scotland when it comes to drains and we use CCTV drain surveys as part of our service. We think they’re the best way of getting to the root of the problem, so give us a call.