When Blocked Drains Get Serious…

November 16th, 2009

…then it’s time to get the cameras in! With the increased rate of flooding in the south east, the ever aging subterranean drainage system and increased rumble of heavy plant across our streets, we at IQ Plumbing Services anticipate a rush of calls to our emergency plumbers in London this winter, all from concerned householders convinced their drain has collapsed.

Thankfully, things are rarely that serious. However, if a simple drain clearance operation doesn’t work, it’s time to use our motivated little terriers – otherwise known as CCTV cameras.

CCTV is a great tool that emergency plumbers in London can’t afford to be without.  Once, a serious drain blockage meant digging up your entire garden until the fault was located. Tough call, if the blockage was outside your property.
The arrival of CCTV has changed all that. Once used to locate earthquake victims and enter battle areas, today it is the plumber’s mate: a tough little terrier that we can use to sort out practically any blockage.

The first thing, of course, is to ensure the blockage isn’t on the householder’s side (blocked stack pipes being a case in point). Once we are sure the drain is the problem, we insert the mobile camera down the drain, via hardware operated by the plumber. London drains come in all sizes, and the camera is small enough to be used in the narrowest of them.

The camera relays continual images back to the monitor. The special software enables us to log a diagnosis and locate the problem from above ground, with pinpoint accuracy.

At IQ Plumbing Services, our emergency plumbers have the tools for every kind of job.

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