It has been reported that the three-week drainage maintenance project on Parley Lane in Bournemouth, Dorset has now begun to address the recent issues with flooding.

Dorset County Council are overseeing the work by Dorset Highways which will see the removal of the current surface water drainage system which has often caused unsafe conditions for drivers in the area.

The road in question is an unlit, national speed limit road near to Bournemouth International Airport, with the flood water disrupting traffic on a number of occasions.

Engineers from the council investigated the site and found that a replacement drain is required.

Borough councillor Margaret Phipps said:

“All of the parish council has been informed about the work.

“In their email, county said it may cause minor delays but we will have to see.

“Possibly when it starts we may hear some comments but I do not know.

“There are problems with that part of the road and it does get rather waterlogged at times.

“When the traffic lights were being installed near Bournemouth Airport traffic flowed very well so I don’t anticipate any major issues.”

Temporary traffic signals are in place during peak times along the 400-metre section of the road where the work is being carried out.

When homeowners come across a drain blockage, this can end up being a really frustrating situation, especially if it escalates and causes flooding. Therefore, it is prudent not to ignore the signs of blockages and prepare for drainage maintenance.

If you are willing and able, you can tackle the majority of minor drain clogs yourself without having to call on a specialist to help you out. The indoor or outdoor problem can be fixed using one of the following solutions.

The methods used to combat blockages inside and outside your property will be different, with each clog type requiring a particular course of action.

Should the blockage to be located inside your house, in most instances this can be solved without too much trouble. For bathroom clogs such as a blocked sink or bath you can use a drain cleaning snake or plunger. When inserted into the plughole, any debris can be loosened and removed by sucking or pushing it down the pipe. By running water down the drain, this should help to rectify the problem.

On the other hand, if the issue is with your outdoor drains, you might need to hire drain cleaning rods from your local DIY store to resolve the situation. Alternatively, you could consult with a reliable drainage contractor, as they have all the equipment required to get rid of all kinds of clogs quickly and effectively.

Following a sewage leak which affected the River Crane recently when a sluice gate became jammed, the water company responsible for drainage Thames Water vowed to ‘put things right’ so the same thing never happens again.

Tonnes of sewerage waste inadvertently had to be left to enter the river when a gate on one of the main systems serving Heathrow Airport jammed shut.

This left Thames Water with no other option available as major problems would have been experienced at the airport. A proportion of the wastewater was successfully pumped into tankers to be treated, but this was not a solution that could be employed for the majority of the sewage.

Chief executive of the water company, Martin Baggs, said:

“We deeply regret this incident and we are committed to put things right over the long term.

“We will start that process by meeting this week with representatives from FORCE (Friend of the River Crane Environment), London Wildlife Trust, local anglers and the Environment Agency, so we can fully understand the extent of the damage, and what needs to be done to repair it.”

Custom-made lifting equipment was eventually deployed by drainage maintenance engineers to open the gate again.

It has been reported that scheduled work to clean out rubbish from a 300 metre drainage ditch in the Suffolk town of Newmarket is now underway.

Responsibility for the drainage ditch, which runs both above and below ground, has caused some confusion, with Anglian Water taking ownership over the majority of its length, with the exception of a 60-metre stretch.

This has meant that the water company has been in discussions with the Environment Agency, Forest Heath District Council, Suffolk County Council and the Highways Agency in clarifying the situation.

However, despite this issue, this has not prevented the month-long clean-up operation from getting started on the site, which begins at Exeter Road and runs to Studlands.

Ciaran Nelson, spokesman for Anglian Water, said:

“We are concerned to get the job done and get the problem fixed first and then carry on talking to whoever will take part of the ditch over.

“We will return every five years to clean it but we will be keeping a regular and watchful eye on it to make sure that nothing goes wrong.”

Residents have complained that this is the first time that the ditch has ever been cleaned out.

As we have been explaining, when it comes to the drains in a house, there are only certain things that should pass through this system. While everything else apart from used water should be disposed of in other ways, apart from the sink, when it comes to the toilet similar rules apply.

Human waste, toilet paper and water are allowed to be flushed down the toilet, but nothing else. This is because these pipes are not made to carry any other materials or substances.

The following products should not be disposed of through a toilet:

Cotton wool and wipes

These need to go in the bin along with cotton buds and floss.

Sanitary items

These products should be placed in a bag to be put in the bin.

The main point you need to remember is that the bin should be used for all waste which is considered unsuitable for flushing down the toilet. You can keep a bin by the toilet so that this makes things a lot easier for people.

Recycling should be considered, where possible, with bins used as an alternative. This means that the water in the drainage system can keep flowing, with less chance of it requiring drainage maintenance in the near future.

When you call in tradespeople to carry out work on your home or business premises, you often find that even if they are highly skilled at what they do, their communication isn’t always their strongest point.

However, when you need to enlist the services of a drainage maintenance company, due to the commitment of their engineers to keep the client informed of progress at every stage of the process, you really can rely on them to make life that little bit easier.

Whether they have been contacted to conduct water testing or drain cleaning, you can be sure that as well as keeping you updated, you will always get to speak to the person responsible for this work.

And with a 24 hour service such as this, you know that whenever these drainage problems occur, you can get in touch with someone straight away.

Engineers travel in vehicles fitted with the latest real-time trackers so customer service agents can determine how long it will take for them to arrive at your address.

This kind of efficiency means that the issues usually associated with contacting a services company are eliminated, so you can benefit from excellent workmanship and a dedicated to customer satisfaction.