LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2012) - To say the weather has been changeable this summer doesn't quite do it justice. With all the rainfall that we've had, there is a serious risk of drains becoming blocked.
According to Met Office reports this June was the wettest one in the UK for over 100 years. That puts a huge strain on your drainage system. A little care and attention can help you to ensure that your drains are flowing well and that you will be well prepared for any future downpours.
How water affects drains
There are several different reasons why an area may flood. As well as heavy rain, an increase in ground water levels can also be responsible for flooding. Coastal areas can flood due to high tides or bad weather conditions and in-land houses can be damaged by rivers breaking their banks. If you've seen flooding on the news recently it is most likely due to surface flooding, which is caused by heavy rainfall that overwhelms the local drainage system. This type of plumbing issue can be resolved by calling out a Dyno emergency plumber.
The Environment Agency encourages communities to work together to cut the chances of homes being hit by surface water flooding. There is loads of information online about potential flood risks in your area. Look for official flood maps which will tell you whether your home is in a high risk area and what times of year you are most at risk. Keep an eye on weather warnings too. If you feel that you may be at risk of flooding stock up on sandbags to protect your home and its contents.
Start at home
A blocked toilet can cause flooding in your home, but it can also be a sign that unsuitable objects are being flushed into the wider drainage system. Un-biodegradable items, like dental floss, can get caught in pipes and could prevent flood waters draining. Binning items that don't break down rather than flushing them can be a big help. Clearing gutters also prevents blocked drains. If you need a more thorough inspection of your drains you can get your pipes looked at using CCTV cameras via Dyno-Rod drainage repair.