If you’re a house proud homeowner you probably want the outside of your house to look as good as the inside, and that means taking care of your driveway.
You may well get the hose out and give your paving a bit of a wash down periodically, but although this can help it doesn’t really count as a proper clean.
Having your driveway professionally cleaned is the only real option to keep it in tiptop condition; here’s a few reasons why it makes perfect sense.
A quick squirt of water is great and could rinse away any loose surface debris, but to keep your driveway properly clean it needs a much more intense wash.
A power washer is a piece of equipment which will give your driveway a really deep clean, removing ingrained dirt and debris and making the paving look clean and bright once more.
It is possible to purchase power washing equipment for personal use but generally these are much weaker than those used commercially, so you won’t get the same flawless result. In addition, power washers of any kind are a bulky piece of equipment so you’ll need a fair amount of space in your shed or garage to be able to store it between washes.
Although it’s possible to do a power wash yourself, for these reasons it’s simply more practical and economical to get it professionally done.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
If you’re not a paving expert, you could well be unaware of the different types of cleaning products on the market and the potential dangers for picking the wrong one.
Most people wouldn’t think twice about grabbing an exterior cleaning solution but strong chemicals can end up doing damage to the surface rather than providing the immaculate result you were hoping for.
If the cleaning product isn’t quite right for your driveway, you could end up with not just discolouration but also cracking and damaged slabs too. This can present a trip hazard and therefore be not just unsightly but a danger as well.
A Thorough Job
Cleaning the driveway may take more time than you realise and washing the surface over is only part of the job.
Between the cracks in the slab weeds can start to grow or debris can become trapped, leaving the driveway to start pulling away or displacing, creating a hazard underfoot.
An expert cleaning service will have plenty of tools to reach into the cracks and to identify any individual slabs where problems are emerging. This allows it to be rectified promptly before more extensive damage is done to your driveway.
Don’t Risk It
Having your driveway laid is a major job and once it’s in place, it should look as good as new for a very long time. However, this takes work, specialist equipment and expert knowledge which is why it’s always sensible to get it professionally cleaned when needed, and don’t attempt it yourself.
Until your drains go wrong, you probably never gave them a second thought but if you’ve ever experienced problems, you’ll appreciate how horrific the experience can be.
CCTC drain surveys use the very best in modern technology to sort out drain defects quickly, easily and with the minimum of fuss.
Here’s four great reasons why you should use a firm that offers CCTC drain surveys.
1) Less inconvenience
One of the problems with drain blockages and breakdowns is that the pipes are buried underground. This means it’s very difficult to gain access to the parts or even get a clear view of where the issue lies.
Traditionally, the only solution was excavation, digging out the whole area to reach the drain for assessment and repair. Although effective, this meant lots of disruption, cost and inconvenience.
CCTV surveys eliminate the need for this, reaching the part of the drain quickly, easily and with the minimum of fuss.
Plumbing and drain contractors are skilled individuals so their services don’t come cheaply. Without CCTV, it can take much longer to get the job done which inevitably means a higher cost too.
With the evolution of CCTV drain surveys, it’s now possible to identify the problem and get it fixed much more quickly, radically slashing the cost without compromising on quality.
CCTV drain surveys use small but strong equipment which allows the cameras to travel deep down into the pipes to discover the root of the problem.
The plumbers will be able to follow the progress of the camera on their screen, and determine instantly what’s wrong with the drain.
Without CCTV drain surveys, you might have to try a few different possible treatments first in the hope that it clears the problem. However, not all solutions work for every issue, for example, chemical uncloggers won’t move a physical obstruction such as tree or plant roots.
Carrying out the drain survey allows the right treatment to be delivered the first time, providing a great degree of accuracy.
4) Proactive checks
Most people don’t consider what problems might be accumulating down their drains, only calling in expert services when something goes wrong.
However, if you’re buying a home or planning building work such as an extension, you might want to check that everything is in good working order.
A CCTV drain survey can be carried out to make sure there are no potential faults, allowing either the purchase or the construction to go ahead without a hitch.
You might have only ever associated CCTV with above ground security footage, but drain surveys have a very important role to play. As well as being economical, convenient and quick, they can also help you to prevent problems in the future.
This week CC Drainage LTD were called out to build a client a man hole from start to finish.
Manholes should be constructed where there is a change of direction and/or gradient, or where access is required for maintenance purposes. In this case, the customer was specifically asked by building regulations for a manhole to be fitted on the premises for maintenance purposes due to the original man hole being concealed and buried underneath the clients new extension. This disabled the access to the sewer between the clients property and a neighbours which was approximately 30 metres away.
By building a manhole, access to the sewer can be gained for maintenance purposes in the event of any future problems.
With CC Drainage LTD being a trusted and professional drainage company, we began the dig to locate the sewer which was approx. 3 foot deep. Once located we made a precision cut to the pipe and made a form compact water tight base around the pipe for an access and opening point. The foundations for the manhole were the. Made using concrete sections to build upwards to create a manhole chamber.
After concrete sections were secured and set in place we then back filled the hole with a concrete mix to ensure it was compact and had a tight and secure seal around the new manhole.
The manhole cover frame was cemented in place and pointed up the edges for a tidy smooth finish and was ready for inspection.
The job was carried out to meet the requirements of the landlord of the premises and was later passed by building regulations.