A drainage engineer preparing the lining material to be used for relining a pipe.

One of the great luxuries of life today is that we can have a bath, take a shower, flush a toilet, or turn on a tap without ever having to worry about where the water is coming from, or where it is going. 

It is only when the water doesn’t run away, or when the toilet doesn’t flush when the sink becomes blocked, or there is a funny odour in the house, or office, do we become aware that there may be a problem with our drains.

It may be a straightforward blockage, but it could also be a cracked pipe or damage to the interior walls of the drainage system which are not all that easy to identify.

How can you tell if the drains are damaged?

The problem with drains like golf – if you are a player -is that you cannot see what is actually causing the problem. In the case of the latter everything pertaining to your swing is going on behind you, whilst with the former, everything is happening out of sight underground. We all know when there is a problem with our drains. 

For instance, if there is an awful smell which doesn’t go away; if there is damp, or mould on the walls; if the sink, toilet, or bathroom is always blocked in spite of your efforts to unblock it; if you hear gurgling sounds from your drains, or sinks if the land above your drains is continually damp; if your outside drainpipes themselves have cracks and are leaking. 

These are all signs that there is a drainage problem, but in order to solve it, it is essential to pinpoint precisely where the problem is before the damage can be repaired.

This is when it is vital to call in the experts like Drain 247 to inspect the drainage system as quickly as possible. The first thing to do is carry out a CCTV drain survey as this will quickly identify the cause of any problems.


What is a CCTV survey?

A CCTV survey is a digital inspection that scans the inside of the drainage system, locates and identifies the extent of any damage, or deterioration in the pipe conditions. Using state of the art technology CCTV robotic cameras mounted on Drain 247’s mobile pipeline inspection vehicles will record all the data and recommend the most appropriate course of action based on the survey’s findings.

Drain Patch Repairs

If the survey reveals that only a short part of the pipe needs fixing – it might be a cracked pipe for instance – then the best method of repair would be a drain patch. Drain patches allow the pipe to be repaired from the inside and help support the lining. It fills any cracks or fractures that could be causing damage to the drain and is often the method favoured by many contractors as it is the least intrusive.

The method involves filling a fibreglass mat with silicate resin and placing it into the drain over the damaged area. This patch liner is then forced against the wall of the drain using a packer. Once the resin has cured, the packer is removed, providing a quality repair.

Using no-dig technology, we can carry out drain repairs in a non-intrusive way and this helps you save on the expenses of digging up your lawn or driveway. Our commitment to quality and safety means that disruption to your property is always minimised and your drain pipes will be restored back to good condition.

Pipe Relining and How It Works

If a pipe is too damaged to receive a patch-perhaps it has collapsed- then drain lining is the ideal solution. The method involves placing a new pipe within an existing damaged pipe, usually without excavation and with minimal disruption.
This proven and established method is of particular interest to homeowners and businesses as no digging, or extraction is needed meaning life and work can continue as normal. It is also important to local authorities when relining pipework is buried under highways and roads.

Pipe relining essentially involves fitting a protective flexible resin that bonds to the inside wall of the existing pipe. The thickness of the resin varies according to the design specifications that are needed. This is then cured, or hardened using Ultra Violet light to form a new pipe tightly fitted inside the damaged one.

The UV-CIPP ( Ultra Violet Cured In Place Pipe) relining process which is both seamless and jointless, is much preferred by Drain 247 because it is the fastest and most cost-effective. It is better in every way to more traditional methods, like hot water, which used to be used to cure the liner.

The new lining which can repair all sizes of pipes from 50mm diameter to over a meter is superior in quality and strength to the old pipe because it will not only last for 50 to 100 years, but it will also improve water flow due to the new frictionless surface. 

How Long Does The Process Take?

The answer is not that long. The entire process from CCTV inspection to drainage repair can be completed in hours.


Contact Drain 247 for Drain Relining Services

Drain 247 is vastly experienced in UV-CIPP relining & repair. Our service maximizes results with minimal intervention, cost, and resources. If your pipes are damaged or deteriorating, contact us on 0800 488 0658 to arrange an inspection.