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Desilting and Silt Removal

Keep your waterways in fantastic working order by ensuring they are silt-free. Desilting your drains and sewers can help maintain them and stop blockages from building up.

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Desilting and Silt Removal from the Experts

Silt is comprised of substances such as gravel, sand, dirt etc., also known as settled deposits. If these unwanted materials enter the drainage system and are allowed to build up, they can cause serious problems. In addition, if sludge and excess debris are allowed to accumulate with silt in the drainage system, there’s a risk it will harden along the bottom of drains, restricting water flow.

What Exactly Is Silt?

Before it was used to describe unwanted materials in drainage systems, silt was a term used to describe the unwanted sediment found in the bottom of rivers and lakes. Originally used to describe excess substances such as fine sand, quartz or clay – silt can build up in many different places. On shorelines, silt can build up in harbours and along waterways; however, it can also build up in drainage systems and sewers all over the country.

Signs Silt May Be Built Up in Your Pipes

There are a few core symptoms to look out for with your drainage network that indicate your drains need to be attended to. If your drains or sewers are experiencing any of the following, then it is worth having them looked at. Even if it is not due to the build-up of silt, it could be another substance blocking the system:

  • Unpleasant or unusual odours coming from your drains
  • The slow drainage of sinks, baths, toilets, or water from roadways
  • Rising water levels in toilets
  • Blockages within your drainage system or water not draining
  • Odd noises emanating from plugholes or manholes

Desilting Services from Metro Rod

At Metro Rod, we are proud to say that if you are experiencing issues with your drains, gullies, or sewer system, we can help. Our engineers use state of the art equipment to diagnose the issue and find a solution to the problem. By utilising CCTV drain surveys, high-pressure water jetting, and other drain cleaning techniques, we can desilt your drain or gutter and get your water flowing again in no time.

One of the best desilting methods we use is drain jetting. Drain jetting uses water placed under high pressure to flush out a system. It can dislodge silt, blockages, and affluent – leaving your drain or sewer clean again.

Contact Your Local Metro Rod Engineer Today

Our fully licensed and accredited engineers specialise in drains, sewers, and waterways. No matter the size of the problem, our team are always on hand to help you with any drainage needs you may have. If you suspect that you have a build-up of silt that you need dealing with, you can talk to one of your local Metro Rod desilting specialists by clicking to find your local service centre. Our team are available 24/7, 365 days of the year.

Alternatively, you can call our emergency helpline on 0800 66 88 00 to discuss your needs.

Desilting FAQ

How does silt build up over time?

Silt can build up within a drain, sewer or pipe when specific materials (such as sand, clay, or quartz) enter the system through drains or gutters and settle as sediment at the bottom of the pipe.

How are drains desilted?

There are several different ways of desilting a drain; however, the most popular method is through high-pressure drain jetting. To jet a drain, we blast water through the system under a certain amount of pressure. That water cleans the pipes and removes any silt. In other cases, we may need to vacuum the silt out using a tanker.

How do you prevent silt from building up in pipes?

Regular drain maintenance is a fantastic way of ensuring that your drains remain healthy and silt free. At Metro Rod, our engineers can help you keep your drains silt free by conducting routine maintenance on any drains on your property to help keep them clear of any form of build-up.

How long does it take to desilt a drain?

How long it takes to desilt a drain relies on two different factors – the size of the drain and the amount of build-up there is within the drain. That said, our goal is always to minimise disruption to your day, so we aim to conduct any desilting service as quickly and efficiently as possible.

How much does it cost to desilt a drain?

At Metro Rod, we always aim to make our desilting service as quick and efficient as possible. That being said, the cost of desilting your drain can vary, depending on several factors, including the size of the drain and how serious the silt build-up is. To find out more about our desilting services, you can call us today on 0800 66 88 00.

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