Happy Drains Blog

Your household drainage systems explained.

At Happy Drains, when it comes to fixing problems, we’re strong believers in “knowledge is power!” If you call out one of our engineers, a huge part of their job is to share their knowledge with you, explaining to you what the issue is, the cause of it, how they intended to fix it and then what you can do to prevent it from happening again.

In the spirit of sharing knowledge, we thought we’d take some time to simply explain the different types of drainage systems you’ll find in your home.

There are two types of drainage systems in the household that work separately (for good reasons).


Surface Drainage

This is any water that is collected from your roofs, gutters, gardens, and driveways. This type of drainage consists of rainwater pipes on the roof of your property, under-ground pipework such as surface water drains or sewers, and above-ground gutters. It’s essential for any house to have well maintained surface drainage to prevent flooding and water damage to the house and land, but also to ensure the water is drained away back into watercourses.


Foul Drainage

As the name might suggest, this is all the wastewater that comes out of your property. So, bathrooms, kitchens, and any water waste appliances you might have. This water needs to be safely drained to the main sewer line that services the property, or if it’s not connected to a mains sewer line, a sceptic tank which is an independent system to the property.


Both types of drainage systems are incredibly important at keeping your home and the environment safe. So, if you’re think you might be experience any type of problem with any of your drains, it’s a good idea to call in help and get it fixed. Our team will be happy to help with their expert knowledge and experience ensuring all your drains are happy ones. Call us today on 0800 849 8099.