The UK Drainage Forum (a group of insurance companies who are members of the Association of British Insurers), the drain repair industry and WRc undertook this research into drain repair best practice.
The research identified steps to solve drainage problems - from site investigations and grading drain condition - to identifying the need for repairs plus repair technique selection. It investigated pressures for water jetting to remove blockages / clean drains, identified when closed-circuit television (CCTV) inspections are appropriate and gave leak testing guidance.
How to select the best repair technique was examined and assessing responsibility for drains - particularly important with shared drains - was identified. Specifications for drain repair techniques: excavation / replacement, dig-down repairs and cured-in-place systems were developed.
The Drain Repair Book was produced which aims to raise repair standards for household / commercial drains without adding cost. It will be a guide for organisations carrying out inspections / repairs and for householders / insurers wanting to check their work is satisfactory, helping to ensure property owners don't pour money down the drain!
- The Drain Repair Book is a manual of best practice providing a nationwide standard against which companies' work can be measured
- The book will encourage improvements in repair standards.
Copies of the book are available at the WRc Bookshop - www.webookshop.com
Andy King MP, Chairman UK all-party Parliamentary Group on Sewers / Sewerage "I applaud The Drain Repair Book which for the 1st time sets out best practice for the drain repair industry. I believe it will lead to major improvements in repair standards."
Tony Boobier, insurers Royal and Sun Alliance "With the publication of The Drain Repair Book, insurance companies / property owners can ensure drain repairs meet national standards. It will help everybody check they are getting value for money."