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Is Disposability the Enemy of Drainage?

September 14, 2017

Make no mistake: for many water companies, disposable wipes are the enemy. Disposable wipes are essentially an evolution of baby wipes, designed to appeal to the adult market. One of their chief appeals is their disposability. However, in 2016, UK water firms wrote to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) urging it to investigate the […]

Are Drain Surveys Essential for Urban Regeneration?

August 7, 2017

The UK’s urban population is expanding, which means more pressure on housing. Local authorities, planners and developers are having to find new spaces for housing development. These can include former industrial and commercial sites. Guided by economic and political strategies, urban regeneration picked up momentum in the 1980s and is continuing now, in various forms […]

Can Drain Tracing Sort Out Your Sense of Direction?

August 1, 2017

Drains are hidden underground, which is fine when they are working, but inconvenient when they are not. If we need to discover the source of a drainage problem, we have to first be sure where the pipes are located, and what path they take.   This is where drain tracing is such a valuable asset. […]

How Does Sewerage Risk Management Involve You?

July 29, 2017

What goes down your drains as waste is not something you probably want to spend much, or any, time thinking about. But disposing of waste is a fact of modern life, and even though it seems distant from how we live, it is important how we manage it. All new properties, and some refurbished or […]

Care and Attention: Our Drainage Investigation

August 3, 2016

If you’re told you need a drainage investigation does the prospect fill you with dread? Perhaps you’re anticipating a great deal of disruption and disturbance. You should be aware, however, that in fact we can conduct a drainage investigation in such a way as to cause minimum disruption, and in fact, by having a drainage […]

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Help Your Business?

July 20, 2016

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Help Your Business? You might not think of drains as being essential to your business, but it’s more than likely that they are. In fact, if you do run a business, there is likely to come a time when you have issues with your drainage. Drains have to face a […]

How a CCTV Drain Survey Exposes Hidden Lifestyles

June 2, 2016

We all know about the sensational aspects of CCTV exposure, from bad behaviour to criminal activity and beyond. But what might a CCTV drain survey uncover about you, should you need one? What Goes Down the Drain But Shouldn’t? The thing about drain is, they’re so convenient. You can flush any number of things down […]

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Protect Your Wealth?

April 28, 2016

We know all about CCTV being used for security purposes. It has a clear purpose in protecting property, and people, from criminal activity, and in gathering and recording data to help keep people, businesses and homes secure. What you might not realise is that a CCTV drain survey has its own role to play in […]

How Do You Know if You’ve Got a Collapsed Drain?

January 18, 2016

Drains can collapse through changes over time. If a collapsed drain or sewer is left unattended it can have dramatic effects. Persistent leakage will wash away surrounding soil, which in turn will undermine the foundations of anything above ground. Fortunately you should be able to tell if there’s something wrong before it gets this bad. […]

Make a Fresh Start in 2016 With a Drain Survey

January 13, 2016

New Year resolutions aren’t always easy to keep. As you put away that last mince pie you might be thinking about an exercise regime that you’ll start in January. But will you, or will the demands of day-to-day life get in the way? Sometimes putting things off, or doing nothing, seems like the easiest option. […]

What Work is Involved in Public Sewer Connections?

November 10, 2015

The public sewer is the pipe that carries wastewater from more than one property. Wastewater is foul or surface water. The public sewer is run and looked after by the local sewerage utilities company. However, if you have a new or existing property that requires connecting to the public sewer, this is work you need […]

How Sensitive is a Drainage Investigation?

November 6, 2015

You might have the idea of a drainage investigation conjuring up nightmare images of disruption, of dug up driveways and large excavations blocking entrances. In fact, we can conduct a drainage investigation in such a way as to cause minimum disturbance to surroundings. It’s also worth noting that the investigation is actually more likely to […]

High Level Valley Clean Macclesfield

October 9, 2015

A high level clean in Macclesfield. The nursery supplements it’s income by holding exhibitions in the greenhouses at this time of year however they were concerned that each time it rained the water leaked in from the silted valleys.   We cleared 800 meters of silted valleys over a 4 day period.  Since the valley […]

Proper Drain Care Advice For Your Tenants

December 5, 2014

We typically encounter more and more drain emergencies when it starts getting colder. Fats, oils, and the effects of the elements start causing havoc. It’s this period when blockages or new cracks in your tenants’ drains are most common and you’ll often need to call in someone to restore service. The period after Christmas is […]

Knowing when to act on a drainage issue (Part 2)

May 2, 2012

The last blog post focused on what to do when you suspect there may be an issue with the drainage. There may or may not be telltale signs that the system is being blocked up, but we will go through a few of the ones you might be able to spot. Although many flooding situations […]

Knowing when to act on a drainage issue (Part 1)

April 27, 2012

In these tough economic times it is quite common for householders to leave seemingly small maintenance problems alone until it is imperative that they get sorted. While this is understandable from a money point of view, when it comes to drainage it could end up in an expensive mess. This warning should certainly be heeded […]

Do not underestimate the issue of blocked drainage

April 10, 2012

It is true that many people never really think about their drains until something happens to their property. Should such an unfortunate incident occur you will realise just how serious a problem it can be. If there is a blocked drain this can end up causing health and environmental issues. So, once the wastewater makes […]

Drainage maintenance for city-based businesses

March 27, 2012

When you need to find a drainage contractor in an emergency situation, it is not always easy to locate one unless you have used one before. For commercial and industrial businesses in major cities within the UK, you may have to do some research to source a specialist that can assist you. Depending on the nature of […]

Making sense of the different types of drains and sewers

March 19, 2012

The difference between sewers, drains and lateral drains is not something you usually come across at school, so you can quite easily be forgiven for not knowing which name refers to what. When it comes to your property and its connecting drainage system, it is worth finding out what these terms actually mean and how […]

Benefiting from a drainage maintenance contract

March 18, 2012

For commercial enterprises located in major cities and surrounding areas, drainage maintenance can often be an issue. This due to the fact that the sewer system has usually been in place for many years and as time has worn on, the drains can be damaged from blockages and general wear. If the drains servicing your […]

How trenchless technology can be used for root removal

March 11, 2012

When it comes to repairing drainage pipes, root intrusion is one of the most common issues drainage engineers have to face. This is because these roots can bore their way into the system by pushing through minute fissures and cracks in the surface of the pipes. One in there, they can soon multiply once they […]

The issue of fat clogging our drains

March 10, 2012

Drainage engineers up and down the country are constantly having to tackle the problems that fat can cause when it blocks our sewerage systems. A recent trial in York has seen fat-busting bacteria being put to good use by eating up the fact beneath this historic city. So far the signs seem to show it […]

For drainage maintenance prevention is the best method

March 5, 2012

Instead of waiting for a problem to occur with the drainage system servicing your premises, it is always better to keep it well maintained. It makes sense from a business perspective as emergency plumbing can often prove more expensive than deciding on planned maintenance. By agreeing for a reputable drainage contractor to come round to your offices […]

The services provided by a good drainage contractor

December 28, 2011

You can consider yourself fortunate or very conscientious if you have never had the misfortune of dealing with drainage issues within the home. A blocked drain or one badly in need of repair can really inconvenience a homeowner and cause a number of problems. This is when you might need to call on a reputable drainage […]

Remain in control of your drainage maintenance

December 20, 2011

Forgetting about the drains servicing our home is quite an easy thing to do as it is something which does not usually affect us every day. However, it is one of those things which can soon escalate into a much bigger problem, should be neglect this maintenance area. As a property owner it is your […]

Is scale an issue for your business?

December 19, 2011

It is no wonder that most businesses now decide to go for a drainage maintenance contract rather than call out a contractor when required as they know that they will need their help within the very near future. One of the many drainage problems affecting companies is scaling which can accumulate on the inside of the pipes, […]

Consider drainage issues this winter

December 15, 2011

With winter now well and truly upon us it is important not to neglect important areas of our homes and workplaces when the freezing conditions start to set in. Drainage is one of those things that can cause many problems at this time of year due to the weather and so it is necessary to […]

Unblocking drain clogs inside and outside the home

November 27, 2011

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 […]

Top drainage tips for the bathroom

November 18, 2011

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 […]

Have you noticed signs that your bath is becoming blocked? (Part 1)

October 28, 2011

Whether you have a shower installed above your bath tub and are becoming aware that the drainage is slowing down, or if you have just seen that it takes longer to empty after having a bath, it is better to act now than wait for it to get worse. The cause of the problem may […]

Do your bit in ensuring that drains and sewers do not get blocked (Part 1)

September 27, 2011

Over the past few decades it has been highlighted by scientists and the news that we have to do more to look after our planet. We can do this in many different ways. One of the main things people can do is to look after the drain and sewerage system in the UK to reduce […]

More about sewer flooding and other overcapacity issues

September 23, 2011

In the last article, we looked at the various things which can contribute to part of a sewer network overflowing and flooding our towns and cities. In places like London and other urban areas, the problem is a result of the fact the system of carrying rainwater and wastewater is linked together, meaning it all […]

Ensure your home does not end up causing a drainage problem

August 25, 2011

There are many things which can contribute to the flooding of drains and environmental pollution, but some of these can be avoided if people just took a little time to consider drainage around their home. It is easy to assume that all river pollution happens due to local industries depositing waste materials rather than the […]

Making the most of trenchless technology

August 17, 2011

If the specialists called in to inspect your damaged drainage pipes, find that they are beyond repair, then the latest trenchless technology techniques can be used to install new pipes without the need for excavation. In the past, this was the only real way for work to be done on pipes that could not be […]

Preventing backflow from occurring

July 29, 2011

Backflow can occur in a drainage or plumbing system due to a number of different factors. As well as the common blockage, when the wrong items are flushed down a toilet, where there is nowhere left for the water to go, except for going back the way it came, is a burst mains pipe or […]

Avoid drainage problems this summer

July 25, 2011

Rather than having to deal with the stressful aftermath of blocked drains or flooding which can often occur at this time of year, it is always better to anticipate any issues at the outset. By checking your drains you can help to prevent many problems. The first tip is to consider installing strainers in the […]

Water mains works planned in Bristol

July 22, 2011

If you live in South West England close to Bristol then it is worth getting yourself acquainted by the future works happening in the area. Drainage maintenance work is always necessary to ensure that the water is flowing as it should and that the sewerage system is working effectively. Bristol Water, the utility company responsible […]

Drain replacement and when it is necessary

July 21, 2011

The latest trenchless technology techniques, such as impact moling, have really changed the way in which drainage contractors operate, as the need for excavating a road or public highway every time maintenance needs to be carried out has now been eliminated. However, there are still occasions on which traditional trench excavation work is the only […]

Prevent problems occurring with planned maintenance

July 20, 2011

It is only natural for people to address the issues that affect us in the now, rather than having to think about all the other possibilities in life. When it comes to the home or business, it always seems like situations present themselves without warning. However, with drainage maintenance you can usually see the signs, […]

The sewer system and how to ensure it is used properly

July 18, 2011

The sewerage system is more than just the water and waste flushed down the toilet as it includes water from the sink and rainwater from footpaths and roads too. This water has been collected from a wide range of sources and contains a variety of waste products. In order for the sewers to flow as […]

Call in the experts for drain replacement and pipework

June 30, 2011

Whilst the drainage contractor will aim to carry out any repair work or install pipes and drains without having to dig up the road, it is unfortunately not always feasible to use trenchless technology methods. In this case, excavation work would be required to take on the job and complete it successfully. One thing you […]

The importance of bagging and binning your household waste

June 24, 2011

Waste management within a home is something that needs to be approached with a responsible attitude. Although it might seem obvious to some people, problems can occur when disposable and personal products are flushed down the toilet. More than two-thirds of blockages within the sewers are caused by synthetic materials which have been disposed of […]

Advice for those with leaking pipes at home

June 21, 2011

If you ever find a leak coming from the pipes that deliver your water supply, it is important to turn it off straight away. Burst water pipes are a common problem in households, especially following periods of cold weather and freezing temperatures when things start to improve. To tackle this issue, the following advice should […]

How to prevent drainage problems around the home

May 27, 2011

While unforeseen circumstances do happen from time to time which are completely unavoidable, when it comes to sewer blockages, it is often the case that a bit more awareness of what is being put into the toilet and sink could go a long way to reducing the risk of flooding within the home or garden. […]

The most common reasons for flooding within the home

May 18, 2011

As you may be aware, blocked pipes are the main cause of flooding inside the home. However, these pipes usually get damaged and clogged because of things homeowners do. Here are some of the main problems which can lead to a blocked pipe and flooding incidents. As well as rainfall and general wear and tear, […]

How not to dispose of your household waste

May 17, 2011

In this post we will be looking at the ways in which you should not be getting rid of the waste products in your home. If you simply flush these down the toilet or pour them into the sink, it could cause drainage problems further down the line. If you follow this practical advice, you […]

Advice to new parents about avoiding bathroom blockages

May 16, 2011

A leading UK water supply and treatment utility company has provided new parents with some helpful advice on how to prevent blocked pipes in the home. Yorkshire Water has described how you can look after the drainage system of your property at a time when you are just coming to terms with your new addition […]

Solving drainage problems

January 26, 2011

Drainage problems can be a headache for any homeowner. In the worst cases, raw sewage can actually enter your home and have devastating consequences. If you notice that the toilet level is taking longer than usual to drop, or you are having problems with the sink draining, it could be the start of a drainage […]

Clearing blockages is only half the job

January 19, 2011

Many of us only really think about our drains at the point at which one becomes blocked. Slow drainage or a complete blockage is impossible to ignore, but they are merely easily-observable signs that something is wrong. In reality, many things can affect your drainage before you ever notice a problem. Scaling can be a […]

Flush Tracker highlights World Toilet Day

November 24, 2010

A brilliant new website launched by the toilet cleaning product manufacturer Domestos has lifted the lid on the nation’s sewer systems. Flush Tracker, which was launched to coincide with World Toilet Day on the 19th of November, lets you track the location of your most recent toilet visit as it makes its way to your […]