The invisible support system that’s crucial to keeping schools open every day

The invisible support system that’s crucial to keeping schools open every day

When parents send their children off to school every day, whether the property’s drains are in good working order is probably the last thing on their mind. But in reality, hundreds of thousands of people working in and learning in schools rely on the drainage systems running below ground every single day. And due to the major wear and tear they face throughout the school year, it’s essential school operators and councils work together to ensure plans are in place to prevent disruption.

There are a number of key indicators that a school is suffering from poor drainage, from 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, a build up of uric scale in urinals, fat and grease build-up in kitchens, and debris and silt entering gullies. Should such issues be allowed to develop over time, they have the potential to overwhelm the sewer and drainage network supplying a school which can lead to site closures, damage to the infrastructure of the affected buildings and, more importantly, disrupted learning.

That’s why it’s essential to conduct regular inspections of your school’s drainage systems; doing so enables you to identify problems that have the potential to escalate, and to implement the necessary course of action towards resolving the issue, so there’s less chance of disruption on site.

Metro Rod has over 35 years of experience working with education providers, so we understand the impact that a blocked drain can cause. In partnership with you, we’ll develop a Pre-Planned Maintenance (PPM) program available outside of school hours, which will protect and clean your drains to keep your clean and waste water flowing. We’ll also conduct CCTV drain surveys of your drainage network, urinal descaling, gutter clearing, and empty the grease traps in your kitchens – all of which, if left untreated, have the potential to create a huge impact on your premises.

Essentially, we’ll also ensure your students’ education remains undisturbed by conducting maintenance during weekends and holiday periods. That way, whether it’s another Monday morning or the first day after a long break, your pupils come back to clean, safe environments.

All our engineers are Enhanced DBS checked and fully certified to work in schools, colleges and nurseries, and all our engineers carry photo ID badges. With over 450 engineers in our network, the engineer attending your site is always local, from within one hours drive.

Many of our engineers have children in full-time education within their local areas. As a result, they have a vested interest in supporting their local community and build long-lasting relationships with school facility managers, caretakers and headteachers.

In fact, it’s our engineers who’ve helped us developed a CSR initiative to support a wealth of walking buses across the country. We provide sponsorship to primary schools who want to take part, providing pupils with high-vis jackets for their safety as well as educational materials they can use to understand the importance of reducing their environmental impact.

Don’t wait for a problem to take hold at your school or college before investing into drainage support; every day is a chance to learn, so enable your pupils to maximise that opportunity by ensuring the infrastructure keeping your school open is always getting top marks.

For more information on preventing disruption from the drains in your school or our walking bus initiative, contact Metro Rod on 01625 507945. We’re always happy to arrange a free site visit and no-obligation quote.

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