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13th July 2021


A cracked pipe within the drainage system can cause a number of problems that will result in a drain repair.

Multiple Cracks Fracture And Displaced Joint

Drains and pipes will undergo natural wear and tear over the years, so it is not uncommon to find you need a drain repair at some point. It is necessary though to know the signs of a cracked or damaged drain so that you can have it repaired as soon as possible. When problems are left for a period of time they will often get worse making the repair harder and more expensive. 

How to spot you have a cracked pipe?

With most of the pipes hidden behind walls and even underground it can be hard to know when you have a problem. However there should be some symptoms that you can notice in your property. For example, cracks will lead to leaks and the common signs you have a leak may be damp walls or ceilings, foul smells, low water pressure and increased water bills. You should always be aware of any changes you find the home that could be caused by a leak and have it look at, at the earliest convenience.

What causes a pipe to crack?

There are a few reasons why the pipes might crack, often due to the exposure of the elements, the ground and the waste they carry away. One reason which will become more prevalent as we move into winter is the freezing and thawing of water in pipes. As the water freezes it will expand which can fracture the pipes, then when it starts to defrost the water will begin leaking out the pipes. 

Tree roots are another problem as they can grow down and into the smallest cracks or joints of the pipes and continue to grow bigger until they end up splitting the pipes to make a bigger problem. 

Often one crack can cause more cracks as the structure is compromised, so it is always a good idea to have your pipes checked out quickly if you think there might be a crack or leak. 

Metro Rod North London offer a few different repairing options if you do suspect a cracked pipe in your drainage system. After an engineer has assessed the problem and the sight they will be able to carry the necessary repair. We tend to use a drain lining technique as it is minimally invasive yet effective, find out more about them here.


Metro Rod North London offer services across Tottenham, Highbury, Hamstead, Barnet, Enfield and surrounding areas. Dealing with blocked drains, drain repair, CCTV surveys and septic tank maintenance. We believe in simple things and make sure we follow them through; available 24/7, professional, value for money service during and after the job and peace of mind in the fact that all our engineers are highly trained, DBS checked and fully insured.

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