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Drainage Glossary: Key Drainage Phrases

Drainage Glossary: Key Drainage Phrases

When having any work carried out at your property, explaining exactly what needs to be done can prove to be rather challenging as the terminology can cause communication to break down.


This article will provide a detailed glossary of the most common drainage terms used in the industry, so you fully understand the work involved when hiring the expertise of a drainage professional.


CCTV Drain Surveys

A CCTV drain survey uses specially designed cameras fed through manholes to identify any blockages or damage in areas of your drains which are otherwise difficult to access.


Collapsed Drains

Tree root damage, general wear and tear, and freezing and thawing can all contribute towards major structural damage to your drains. Most common in older properties, collapsed drains will disrupt the entire drainage system, leading to water or sewage leaking into your home and regular blockages.


Drain Inspections / Manhole Inspections

Periodic manhole and drain surveys using CCTV technology will ensure any issues with your drains are quickly located and rectified.


Drain Cleaning

Scheduled drain cleaning will help prevent your drains from becoming clogged, clearing away any buildup of debris before the problem worsens. Traditional drain cleaning methods include drain jetting and rodding.


Drain Jetting

This method of unblocking and cleaning the inside of drains uses high pressure water jets to remove any debris. The flexibility of these jets means they can reach areas in the pipework which are usually hard to access.


Drain Relining

Drain relining is ideally suited to drains which have been damaged by root growth or leaks. A soft lining is inserted inside the pipework where a chemical process takes place which makes the liner extremely hard and durable.


Drain Repairs

Drain and manhole repairs – such as relining and excavations – are typically required in the event that a drain collapses, or there is extensive leaking.


Drain Rodding

As the name suggests, this traditional cleaning method involves a rod, with the required cleaning attachment on the end, being inserted into the pipework to clear a blockage in the drain system.


Drain Unblocking

A common occurrence in many homes, blocked drains can be caused by a buildup of debris – including hygiene products, tree roots and waste – in the pipework. A CCTV drain survey will identify the exact location of the blockage, and specialist unblocking techniques, such as root cutting and high pressure water jetting, will remove the debris and restore the drains back to a fully functional state.


Dye Testing

A non-toxic colour dye is applied to the drains to highlight where the leak in the drainage system is coming from.


Express Clear

At Express Clear, we specialise in all of the drainage services and techniques listed above and will work closely with you to ensure you are fully informed about the work we are carrying out at your property.

So for expert drain cleaning, jetting and CCTV drain surveys across Doncaster, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team.


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