Are Drainage Emergencies More Likely During The Summer?

Summer is finally here! The time of year to make the most of the hotter weather by going to parks, travelling, visiting tourist attractions, and much more. How you decide to spend your summer if entirely down to your personal preference. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer will be significantly different to previous years as many things that we usually do in the summer, we will not be able to do due to closures and cancellations. As frustrating as this is, we must appreciate that the closures and cancellations are in best interests of public health and to protect the vulnerable. Thankfully, due to strictly lockdown restrictions earlier in the year. The numbers of cases has dropped, meaning much more in the UK has opened, including pubs, restaurants, and from the 25th gyms and more, meaning there is a lot we can still do this summer. 

During the summer, a lot of things change, apart from the weather. This includes simple things such as what we wear, what we choose to wear, and much more. Most of these things are however due to the change in the weather, which also changes the risks that we face daily. These can be risks such as the increased risks increased to those with sensitive skin due to the sun, or lowered risks for people who live in areas that are vulnerable to flooding. There are many things that people question the risks of during the summer, one of these is if drainage emergencies are more or less likely during the summer. This blog explores if there is more or less risk of drainage in the summer compared to winter. 

Less Risk of Debris Being Stuck in Drains

One of the primary causes of blocked drains that cause a drainage emergency is large debris or a build-up in debris. Debris can find its way into drains through it being washed into drains on raining days. This can occur in urban areas and countryside areas. In urban areas, waste usually can be swept into drains, whereas in countryside areas, branches of trees, rocks, dirt, and more can be swept into drains, causing the drain to block. Rain in the most likely cause for debris to be swept into drains. Due to there being less rain during the summer, it could be said that that there is less risk of drainage emergencies as it is less likely that debris will be swept into drains. 

The UK each summer stills gets a substantial amount of rain, therefore, there is still a heightened risk of drainage emergencies through blockages. Thankfully, the UK has fantastic drainage systems to prevent disruptive blockages, so emergencies are usually prevented. There are also many experienced and expert drainage companies within the UK who are available to resolve drainage emergencies when they occur, meaning highly disruptive drainage emergencies are less likely to occur. There are also many preventative methods, such as drainage rehabilitation and CCTV surveys.

Harder Ground

Hotter weather in the summer means harder surfaces, meaning that blocked drains that run below the ground could be more difficult to access. This is one of the reasons why some might say that disastrous drainage emergencies could be more likely during the summer. Many drainage systems also run deep below the ground, meaning they could be even more difficult to access. When there are signs of a drainage emergency and you are aware that the drainage system runs deep below the ground, then it is crucial to get in touch with a reputable drainage contractor so the problem can be resolved before it can escalate.

Drain Unblocking

Total Drainage Services fully comprehend the disruption that any drainage emergencies can cause at any time, which is why we are still operating our services with the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. If your domestic or commercial property in Bristol has a blocked drain, then it is best practice to get in touch with Total Drainage Services for drain unblocking in Bristol, or other services such as CCTV Surveys.