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Soil Pipe Repair, Stack Cleaning & Maintenance

As an essential part of every drainage systems, soil pipes and stacks should be regularly maintained to ensure they remain in optimal working order.

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If you’re responsible for maintaining a commercial building, a social housing property, a hotel or a retail space, ensuring the waste pipe and soil stack remain clean and well maintained is key to avoiding costly and inconvenient blockages. Soil stacks form a vital part of any interlocking waste management pipes and are an essential part of any drainage system. When you need assistance, Metro Rod is on-hand 24/7, 365 days of the year, across the UK to offer a range of stack cleaning services.

What Are Soil Stacks and How Does the Soil Stack Pipe Work?

Every toilet, sink and bath in a building is connected via a series of interconnected pipes. Together, they all connect to a series of horizontal pipes known as waste pipes or soil pipes. The horizontal pipe transports used water and waste away from a property by joining with a vertical pipe on the outside of the building, and it is the vertical pipe that is known as a soil stack.

The soil stack pipe is the long vertical pipe that spans the full length of a building. Designed as an intelligent system, soil stacks are equipped with a vent. The vent, positioned at the top of the soil stack pipe, allows air to enter the pipe to help the water move whilst also letting gases exit the property to avoid smells.

On the bottom end of the soil stack, the pipe goes underground to connect to the main sewage system.

How Do Waste and Soil Stack Pipes Get Blocked?

Unfortunately, there are several ways that waste and soil pipes can get blocked, and that is when you may need soil stack repair. Horizontal waste pipes often get clogged with non-flushable items, as well as fat, oil and grease from kitchens. The vertical soil stack pipe can also become affected by these blockages and the build-up of uratic salt, which narrows the soil stack pipe and blocks waste from flowing through the pipe. The common signs of a problem with your soil stack pipe and a blockage in the system include:

  • Toilets not emptying at their normal speed or remain blocked for some time
  • Sinks, showers or baths don’t drain water efficiently
  • A smell emanating from the drains

Blockages are typically worse at the bottom of a soil stack pipe as this is where the refuse can collect. If you have a blockage at the bottom of your soil stack, there are a couple of additional signs to look out for; these include:

  • Water bursting from the joints of the soil stack pipe
  • Overflowing dirty water at the bottom of the pipe

If you notice any of the above problems, it is important to contact your local Metro Rod engineer to inspect your drains and make sure the issue gets solved as quickly and efficiently as possible.

How to Prevent Soil Stack Blockages

Blocked waste pipes or soil stacks can bring businesses to a halt and put whole properties at risk. A simple blockage can escalate to more significant problems later down the line. However, a routine maintenance plan for soil stack cleaning can help avoid emergency callouts and costly reactive services by identifying any issues early on and keeping the build-up of uratic salt and other debris at bay.

At Metro Rod, we offer free site assessments and no-obligation quotes to provide you with routine maintenance recommendations from the outset.

Our qualified engineers can advise on the best services for your property, including:

  • High-pressure water jetting
  • CCTV drain surveys
  • Drain repairs

Soil Pipe and Stack Repair

If your soil stack and waste pipes have been damaged, Metro Rod is available to assess and repair the issue quickly. Using no-dig drain repairs, also known as pipe lining, we can often repair the problem without the need for excavation and a complete replacement.

Why Metro Rod?

At Metro Rod, we are experts at delivering professional, reliable and quality drainage services at a time that suits you. Metro Rod will save your business money, save your staff time and save everyone the stress of blocked drains.

We’re always happy to arrange a free site assessment and no obligation quotations; click to find your local Metro Rod soil stack cleaning specialist and arrange a quote. Alternatively, you can call our emergency helpline on 0800 66 88 00.

Soil Stack FAQ

How do you know there is a problem with your soil stack?

Several core signs show there could be a problem with your soil stack. If your sinks or toilets are draining slowly, then that could be a sign that there is a blockage in your soil and waste pipes. If, on the other hand, there is water bursting from seams or leaking water from the soil stack itself, then there could be a more significant problem. If you suspect that there could be a problem with the soil stack, contact one of our local specialists to discuss your needs today on 0800 66 88 00.

How do you know if you need soil pipe repair?

If there are more severe problems residing in your soil pipes or soil stack, then you may need to look at soil pipe repair as an option. Soil pipe repair is required when a pipe has cracked, split, or is leaking. Although it is rare for a soil pipe or stack to collapse, it can occasionally happen. If it does, it will be leaking substantial amounts of waste, and a strong smell will be coming from the pipe. An expert drainage engineer can identify the cause of the problem and repair your soil stack.

What do soil pipe and soil stack maintenance entail?

Soil stack maintenance includes several core services designed to maintain your soil stack and pipes. The specific activities recommended for your property depend on your building and the frequency of use; however, they can include CCTV drain surveys and high-pressure drain jetting as needed.

How much do soil pipe and soil stack maintenance cost?

At Metro Rod, we specialise in efficient and cost-effective services. The precise cost of soil stack maintenance can vary, depending on what you need and how often. We are always transparent about our prices and provide customers with the best, cost-effective solution for their needs. Before any work is carried out, a full no-obligation quote will be provided. Contact your local Metro Rod today to discuss your soil stack maintenance.

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