While global warming and the subsequent increase in torrential rain is often blamed for flooding, the real problem maybe be lying beneath your feet. Blocked drains are causing widespread flooding in the UK.
1. How To Get To The Bottom Of Disruptive Flooding Causes Near You
Sometimes flooding happens very occasionally and may be explained by a one-off disruption such as a burst water main, but if it’s more frequent then there’s likely a recurring weakness or vulnerability. It could be a blocked drain or simply the case that the existing drainage system can no longer cope when heavy rainfall strikes; whatever the cause, it’s important to isolate it so and start enable remedial action.
2. Flooding More Common In Your Road?
Perhaps you’ve noticed the road outside or near your home seems to flood more frequently than before – or maybe flooding issues have become prevalent more recently? This could point to a blocked drain or simply a vulnerable part of the drainage system that can no longer cope with higher volumes of water.
3. Why Drains Lose Their Effectiveness At Keeping Roads Clear
Flooding has become more widespread in many parts of the country due to the following main factors:
> Climate Change – heavier rainfalls over shorter periods mean drains are put under particularly heavy loads at certain times.
> Increased Development – more houses, roads, pathways and other construction work is increasing areas of ‘hard surfaces’ at the expense of more naturally absorbent ground.
The above two factors create a recipe for flooding; more rain over shorter time frames with less of it draining naturally into absorbent ground means more of it runs straight into the drains. Consequently, at certain times they can’t handle the higher volumes of water and flooding can result.
This can be exacerbated if a drain needs clearing or is blocked completely. At a time when drains need to work at their maximum efficiency they can’t always fulfil this function if they aren’t kept clear as often as they should be.
4. Isolating The Problem
It may be apparent if a drain is blocked near you – or indeed it may be a drain directly serving your property that’s causing or contributing to a flood situation. If water is pooling above a drain grate in the road then clearly this is a culprit.
If it’s too difficult to ascertain if one specific drain is either blocked or draining slowly, then wait until after the rain has stopped or at least eased significantly and see if water is pooling above a specific drain grate. Once you’re sure which drain, or drains, may be causing slow drainage (or no drainage) of water and thus flooding then notify your local water authority.
5. Is Your Drain Causing A Flood?
Maybe some flooding is being caused by your drain overflowing or not draining properly? You could try dealing with the matter yourself, but calling in expert drain clearance specialists might be the easiest answer as to how to unblock your drain.
Before you do so, check the drain is actually your responsibility and not your water authority’s. Certain parts of the drainage system – generally the ‘communal’ parts such as the main sewer into which individual properties’ drains run into and main sewers under pavements – are the responsibility of your water authority so they’d organise unblocking or repairs.
On the other hand, the pipe running from your property to join the sewer is your responsibility so it’s down to you or a landlord to rectify. This pipe would usually run directly under your property within its boundaries.
6. Report Flooding Or Clear Your Drain
If the flooding is caused by a drain in your road or near your property but isn’t your responsibility, then do notify your water authority as soon as you can. They rely significantly on diligent householders reporting problems so they can deal with them quickly.
Alternatively, if it’s your drain and your responsibility, then best get drain clearance professionals on the job as soon as you can.