District Drain Solutions provides fast, effective and affordable collapsed drain pipe repair to domestic and commercial customers across London, the Midlands and the South of England. If you have a collapsed drain, we’ve put together a quick guide on what it means, how to fix it, and an idea of the cost involved.
What is a collapsed drain?
A collapsed drain is when a pipe or drainage system has collapsed in on itself. This will usually be hard to spot due to the system being concealed behind walls and underneath floors, although there are multiple warning signs to look out for.
What are the signs of a collapsed drain?
The signs that indicate a collapsed drain are almost impossible to miss once they’ve established themselves in your property. The seven main signs are:
- Slow drainage: Water drains away down the plughole very slowly. The plughole could also be making loud and strange gurgling sounds.
- Strong smell of sewage: A collapsed drain can be very unpleasant, as chances are you will be able to smell sewage around your home or business premises. This could be inside the property, outside where the drainpipe system runs, or both.
- Backed-up sinks and toilets: If the water isn’t making its way down the plughole or the toilet won’t flush, this indicates a major drainage problem and potentially a collapsed drain.
- Vermin and insects: Rats, flies and other pests are attracted to the smell of a collapsed drain. The presence of vermin and certain insects can be an early sign that your drain is blocked or has begun to develop leaks.
- Damp patches: The pipes that carry away waste and used water run behind walls and floors, so when a drain collapses it can result in damp patches and mould forming nearby. This adds yet another problem to the mix, which is why getting a collapsed drain repaired right away is so important.
- Sagging floors or subsidence: If a pipe were to break or collapse under the ground level of your home, it could gradually cause the floor to sag in places. Again, this is a major problem, so don’t delay in contacting a drain unblocking and repair specialist such as District Drain Solutions.
- Subsidence and soil erosion: If you notice that the lawn or soil in your garden has started to dip, this could be a sign that an underground waste pipe has burst. This is because the soil surrounding the pipe will be wet, causing the surface to sink further and further down.
What causes a collapsed drain?
There are multiple factors and scenarios that can lead to a collapsed drain, such as:
- Wear and tear: This is one of the most common causes of collapsed drains, as older buildings will usually contain older pipes. Over the years, the regular use of sinks, toilets, showers, baths, washing machines and dishwashers can take a heavy toll on a drainage system, leading to a collapsed drain when you least expect it.
- Cold winters: The UK can get very chilly during the winter months, which may lead to your pipes being damaged when the ground freezes and then later expands as the temperature begins to rise again. This can cause drain pipes to crack, shift and sag, resulting in eventual collapse.
- Tree roots: If you have trees in your garden or near your property, their constantly extending growing roots can play havoc with underground drainage pipes. It’s amazing how strong tree roots can be, as it’s possible for them to disturb the ground around the pipes so much that serious drain collapse occurs.
- Ground movement: It’s not just cold weather and tree roots that can move the earth around, as heavy rain, flooding and tremors can also cause drainage pipes to crack or become misaligned. If this happens to a great enough extent, the drain can collapse entirely.
How much does collapsed drain repair cost?
The cost of repairing a collapsed drain will depend on the extent of the damage, the size of the area involved, and other factors concerning your drainage system and property. In order to provide you with a fee that’s fully tailored, fair and affordable, get in touch with our team and we’ll offer you a free quote. If you’re happy with the quote, we can carry out a CCTV drain survey that will pinpoint where the problem lies, followed by swift and effective repairs to the highest standard.
For peace of mind, we charge by the half hour and stick to our upfront fixed price, allowing you to easily fit the cost of repairing a collapsed drain into your budget. That’s why District Drain Solutions is a popular choice with homeowners, landlords and commercial business owners across London, the South of England and the Midlands.
Do you charge a callout fee?
In a nutshell, no we don’t. No matter what the size and nature of the services delivered by the drain unblocking specialists here at District Drain Solutions, we guarantee we will never charge you a callout fee.
Do you offer discounts to OAPs?
We certainly do! To help reduce the cost of collapsed drain repair, we offer a 5% discount on all of our services to senior citizens.
Are drain repairs covered by home insurance?
Most home insurance policies do cover accidental damage to drainage pipes, including those caused by blockages and drain collapse. Make sure to check your existing policy beforehand though, as sometimes there may be an exclusion.
Collapsed drain pipe repair
If you have a collapsed drain in your home or business premises or suspect there’s any kind of problem within your drainage system, give us a call on 0330 1655 357 or fill in our contact form. We’ll then provide you with a free quote based on the scope of the job and get your pipework and drains back up and running in no time. District Drain Solutions is your one-stop shop for all of your drainage needs. Call us for emergency drain service. Our office is located at Unit 1, Hedge House, Ringwood, BH24 3JW.