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Why you must not neglect your care home’s drainage system

When care home owners and managers turn up to work, one of the last things on their minds is whether the property’s drains are in good working order.

Yet in reality, each property relies on the drainage systems below ground, and it’s essential to put plans in place to prevent disruption for residents.  There can be significant wear and tear to a care home’s drainage throughout the year.

Watch out for key indicators that a building is suffering from poor drainage, including foul smells and sinks which are slow to drain to flooding in the car park and toilets struggling to flush.

There are also several different causes of these issues, including blockages, fat and grease build-up in kitchens, and debris and silt entering gullies.

If these issues are allowed to develop over time they can lead to out-of-use facilities, overflowing waste, damage to the infrastructure and even a risk of closure.

Regular inspections

That’s why it’s essential to conduct regular inspections and maintenance of the drainage system. By doing to you can identify problems that have the potential to escalate, and implement the necessary course of action.

And sewage pumps are another ‘out of sight, out of mind’ element of the drainage system which many care providers do not think about.

Pumps are an essential piece of equipment for transporting waste from the property into the main sewer line. It is vital the pumps on your property run efficiently.

Metro Rod has more than 40 years of experience working with care homes.

We understand the impact a blocked drain or failed pump can cause.

The best practice for care homes in order to keep your residents safe and wastewater flowing is to work with a drainage specialist to develop a Pre-Planned Maintenance (PPM) programme.

This could include CCTV drain surveys, pipework descaling, pump station services and emptying the grease traps in your kitchens. If these issues are left untreated they could create a huge impact on your premises.

At Metro Rod, all our engineers are Enhanced DBS checked and carry photo ID badges. With more than 500 engineers in our network, the engineer attending your site is always local, from within one hour’s drive. They also undergo regular in-depth training to ensure the best person for the job is attending your care home.

Don’t wait for a problem at your care home before investing in drainage support. For more information on preventing disruption from the drains in your care home, please get in touch.

We are always happy to arrange a free site visit and a no-obligation quote.


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