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Speak Our Language – Common Drainage Terms And What They Mean

We’re experts on drains, but we don’t expect everyone to be! When you call a professional, we don’t want you to be bogged down with jargon, we just want to make sure your issue is resolved quickly and efficiently. So, if you ever need to give us a call, here’s some words and phrases you might here and what they mean.

DRAIN – a pipe that drains water and waste from a building and other buildings which belong with it, such as a garage

LATERAL DRAIN – this is formed by a length of pipe which carries wastewater away from your property to a sewer, usually located outside your property boundary

BELLIED PIPEWORK/DRAIN– where a pipe or drain sags or has a low spot. This interferes with the normal flow of wastewater through the pipe

SEWER – collects water and waste from the drains of several buildings. Most sewers are maintained by a water company and publicly owned

SEPTIC TANK – these are buried, water-tight containers usually made of concrete which hold the wastewater long enough to allow solids to settle down to the bottom forming sludge. They use a simple treatment process which allows the treated wastewater to drain away to a soakaway or stream

CESSPIT – a sealed underground tank that simply collects wastewater and sewage. There is no processing or treatment involved

FRENCH DRAINAGE – a trench filled with a perforated pipe and gravel that allows water to drain naturally

SOAKAWAY – a hole dug into the ground and filled with plastic crates which makes a void where rainwater can be stored until it seeps into the ground

CCTV DRAIN SURVEY – this is when we use a CCTV camera to allow our engineers to make a better-informed decision regarding any faulty drains that you may be experiencing problems with

We’re always here to help with any drain issues, whether that’s advice or sorting a repair issue. If you have a problem, give us a call today on 07824 757572 / 0800 849 8099.