Prepare your Drains for Wet Weather

February 11, 2014

You’ve seen the news reports, this winter is wet. It’s not just wet, its WET! In fact, parts on England and Wales are experiencing the most exceptional period of rainfall for nearly 250 years and it’s expected to continue raining for some time. Luckily, in the North West we have largely managed to escape the floods that have been experienced elsewhere in the country. However, your drains will be tested a lot more than at other times of the year and it is important that they can cope with the extra water that will pass through them.


During periods of heavy rainfall, your drains may get overloaded. This will result in them backing up during excessive wet weather. This may result in foul water and sewage overflowing into your yard or garden. In more extreme circumstances, sewage may end up backing up into your sink. This water is hazardous to health and must be avoided.

If you are experiencing blocked drains during wet weather, then getting it fixed should be an immediate priority. However, it is important to know whether the overflowing is as a result if an overloaded sewer or a blocked drain. A sewer is a drainage pipe that is served by a number of different properties. These are the responsibility of the local water supplier, who should be contacted in the case of a flood. A blocked drain occurs to the drainage pipes on your own property. These pipes are your responsibility may require the services of a drainage specialist to fix it. At RPD, we can fix your drains stress free. If your drainage pipes are overflowing, it may be a good idea to ask your neighbours if they are experiencing any problems. If they are, then there is a good chance that the issue is with the shared sewer.

Be Vigilant

During excessive wet weather, it is more important than ever to ensure that your drains are looked after. The most important tip is to watch what goes down the plug hole. Drains are not designed to handle items such as sanitary towels and tampons. Food waste such as rice and fat can solidify in the pipes and cause a blockage. Make sure that they are correctly put in the bin to minimise the chances of a blockage occurring in you drains.

If you need a drainage specialist to maintain your drains, call RPD now on 0151 668 0833.


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