Cast iron for drainage purposes on your period property has successfully stood the test of time but inaccessible areas of the drainage system can be difficult to maintain. Over the years castings may fail due to cracks appearing behind hoppers and fixings and in grooved fittings, allowing water to corrode the metal.
With over 100 years’ experience to our name, we’ve seen just about every way cast iron can buckle under the elements including collapsed drains, leaking pipes and corroded hoppers. External signs of damage can include saturation or staining of masonry behind or beneath the ironwork, plant or algae growth on the building, local failure of render or wet rot in external joinery. Internally, damp particles can appear on walls and ceilings or there may be a musty odour caused by dampness in the room.
Many rainwater drainage castings and gutters do not need to be replaced but can be repaired using traditional methods at our foundry in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, where we have been perfecting the art of manufacturing cast iron rainwater products since 1919. Our expert engineers can diagnose and repair these types of issues, replacing a missing piece of casting or welding a new section. We can replace ornate pieces by taking a cast of the design and replicating it through our professional and robust service.
In many cases this provides a cost-effective alternative to the replacement of items of architectural interest, whilst maintaining the period features and aesthetic of your home. Our clients have included the Royal palaces of Windsor and Kensington and Highgrove House, the private residence of Their Royal Highnesses King Charles lll and The Queen Consort.
As a family run business, we place immense value on providing an excellent service to our customers. Our ability to manufacture straight away means we can deliver repairs quickly and efficiently. Once repaired, many years of minimal maintenance and trouble-free use will follow.
If you’d like to know more about our cast iron rainwater repair service, get in touch