Whether you're building something new, fixing something up, or dealing with an ongoing problem, you need to make sure your drainage system is in good shape to avoid leaks and follow environmental laws. Because of this, one of the most important things we do at Any Drains is test drains.
Modern plumbing means that the pipes for our appliances, sinks, and toilets are hidden from view and can run through our walls, ceilings, and even underground to reach the main drain. But just because something is out of sight doesn't mean you should forget about it. If you don't notice a small leak, it could lead to a big problem.
There are two main drain tests that are used to find problems;
A pipe or drain run can be checked quickly and easily with a drain pressure test. For an air test, a section of the pipe is cut off and a drain test kit is used to measure the pressure for about 5 minutes at a time. If the pressure changes at a certain time, we can tell if there are problems in the drain.
Air testing drains is one of the best ways to find problems, but it can only be done if the drain can be blocked on both ends for pressure testing.
A low-pressure way to test a drain is with a water test, which is sometimes called a "drop test." It works by putting a plug in the drain and filling up the pipe with water. During the test, the water levels are watched to make sure they don't change.
We can test single pipes and drain runs quickly and easily with the air test. We do this by putting plugs in the pipe section that needs to be tested and setting two different pressures for five minutes each.
During these five-minute intervals, any change in pressure is measured and written down. Air testing is a simple and effective way to fix many drain problems, but it can only be done on a drain that can be closed off at both ends.
Drain tests are performed in a pipe or drainage system between two maintenance holes. Tests are performed on the small branches that connect to the main run unless those short branches can be disassembled for separate testing. Separately, ICs and manholes are put through their paces with the water test.
A building control officer is required to be present for any testing that involves a finished drainage section. It is also a good idea to verify the drainage system before the official test or while you are building to ensure that there will be no issues with the drainage system.
Before you test a drain, you should inspect the pipe to see if there are any blatant signs of damage or leaks. This should be done before you test the drain itself. A linked system needs to be left alone and drained for at least two days before any kind of testing can be done to determine whether or not there are any issues with it.
If you require a drainage test certificate, Any Drains will assist you to acquire one. We will travel to your location alongside the individuals in charge of the building, who will hand the certificate to you there.
Then, to prove to building control that your drainage system does not have any leaks, we will perform the air or water drop test. They will be able to issue you a drainage test certificate once this is done.
Get in touch with us at Any Drains Direct if you have any questions regarding the drain testing and repair services that we provide.
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So, if you need your drains checked, unclogged, fixed, or cleaned, call Any Drain or fill out our online contact form today. Our friendly staff will be happy to help and will get back to you straight away with a quote that you don't have to accept.