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The Benefits of Sonar, from Subs to Drain Tracing

September 15, 2016

Sonar is all about sound propagation, and when used in drain tracing it is active, whereby emitted pulses give back echoes to help with acoustic location. The word sonar is originally an acronym for Sound Navigation And Ranging, and it first began to be used in the early part of the 20th century, possibly as […]

If it’s Sinkhole Season, What About Drain Surveys?

August 11, 2016

Sinkholes seem to be on the increase in the UK and some of them are the result of human activity as well as persistently wet weather. Periods of prolonged heavy rain or flooding are most likely to expose these holes, when water gradually dissolves around soluble bedrock, but also the sudden drainage of groundwater can […]

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 […]

Microbeads in facial scrubs – the latest no-no

June 4, 2014

Cosmetics companies are very good at promoting their products as wholesome and natural, going to great lengths to make claims as to the exotic origins of the ingredients. Kelp from the southern oceans. Salts from desiccated seas. Oils extracts from Peruvian leaves. Tiny plastic beads that get ingested by marine life. OK, they don’t usually […]

Don’t Let Topsoil Ruin your Summer

May 28, 2014

Summer is nearly upon us, so many of us will be heading out to the garden to do a spot of titivating. It’s also a time when drain cleaners see a small peak in the number of drains blocked by soil. Part of the problem comes during dry weather, when topsoil can turn to dust […]

If it isn’t bolted down …

April 14, 2014

Last week a Hull schoolboy became yet another victim of a global crime spree. Joshua Star-Harris never met his assailant, but the scars, the broken nose and the lost tooth point to the seriousness of the incident. The crime? Drain cover theft. Joshua was happily riding his scooter near his home when he came to […]

Jumping Feet-first into the Media Whirlpool

April 7, 2014

We’ve all done it – tried to fish our mobile phones out of storm drain inlets on public streets and then become viral sensations when we got stuck. To be fair to the hapless Ella Birchenough, she seems to have laughed off her close encounter with Dover’s sewerage system. The 16-year-old has already done a […]

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Drain

April 4, 2014

The local press has been in something of a fever over the past week or two about the perils of pouring cooking oil down the drain. And when we say local, we mean all those free local newspapers that pop through British people’s doors – and their related websites. They all refer to a YouGov […]

Call for greater clarity on insurance relating to drainage

April 25, 2012

Consumer group Which? has revealed that many customers are unaware that when they sign up for water pipe insurance that it only covers basic servicing, which could leave them open to expensive sewer drainage issues further down the line. It is costing consumers £100million a year in “unnecessary” cover when free pipe repair schemes are […]

Road reopening welcomed by Didsbury businesses

April 16, 2012

Local firms in West Didsbury can now get on with their trading again after regional water company United Utilities announced the end of large scale drainage maintenance works as part of their River Mersey improvements scheme. Since the start of January Burton Road had been closed to allow for the building of a new sewer overflow chamber. […]

How Yorkshire Water are using bacteria to tackle fat blockages

April 3, 2012

You may have read recently about how water company Yorkshire Water have been making use of an unusual method to take on the problems they have been having with sewer blockages in the region. We will now consider how this works in practice. The bacillus bacteria, which can be found in the gut of humans, […]

Sewer blockages in Yorkshire: The scale of the problem revealed

March 29, 2012

Yorkshire Water has revealed that in the past six months alone, their teams have had to take on over 100 sewer blockage jobs in the seaside resort of Bridlington. This just goes to show the issue at a local level, with nearly 19,000 blockages having to be attended in the region last year. With 54,000 […]

Fat busting bacteria used to take on sewer fat problem in Bridlington

March 28, 2012

Water company Yorkshire Water have taken the unusual step to deploy fat-busting bugs in the sewers of Bridlington to remove blockages from the system. This treatment process is completely environmentally-friendly and involves trillions of the bacteria being mixed with non-chlorinated water before being allowed to feed on the grease, oils and fat in the sewer. […]

Council announces drain improvement plans for Bedford

March 26, 2012

Major re-surfacing works and a drainage system upgrade are due to start in Bedford, the local borough council has revealed this week. Traffic around Dame Alice Street will be affected by road closures for the seven-week project. Bedford Borough Council has revealed that the signalling equipment was in desperate need of replacement, while drainage improvements […]

Rotherham residents educated on ‘Doing The Dirty’

March 20, 2012

The next stop for Yorkshire Water’s ‘Doing The Dirty’ tour was the town of Rotherham in South Yorkshire. On Saturday local residents were given the chance to obtain free sink strainers from the water company as part of their campaign to highlight sewer issues. Yorkshire Water organised the event to show the community that sewerage […]

United Utilities employ unusual methods to unblock sewer

March 20, 2012

The emergency repairs are underway into the unblocking of a sewer in Urmston, with the engineers from water company United Utilities making use of an uncommon tunnelling technique to dig their way in. As the drainage team begin the work to replace a large pipe beneath Flixton Road which had been filled in with concrete, […]

Want to learn more about the Sheffield sewage works scheme?

March 19, 2012

Sheffield residents have been invited by regional water company Yorkshire Water to find out more about the benefits of the Blackburn Meadows sewage treatment works scheme. The customer drop-in event is being held this Tuesday to let the local people know more about the £78 million plans to update the current system. If you want […]

Renovation work complete on century old sewer in Salisbury

March 16, 2012

It has been reported recently that a 100-year-old sewerage system in the cathedral city of Salisbury in Wiltshire has now been repaired, thanks to a £200,000 renovation project. Almost 500 metres of pipework was either replaced or relined due to damage in certain areas. A drain inspection managed to highlight the problem with the CCTV survey showing […]

Yorkshire Water invests in sewer network upgrade

March 15, 2012

The recent sewer upgrade work which has just begun in Hessle, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is just part of a larger investment to be spread across the region. While £770,000 has been put aside for the town, the water company is to devote £120 million to making sure that treatment facilities and the […]

Long-awaited drainage works now underway in Holbeach

March 12, 2012

Shop owners in the Lincolnshire town of Holbeach received some great news this week that many had been waiting for nearly 20 years – drainage work has now been started in Fleet Street. People had complained that spray from flooding that collects during periods of heavy rain had ruined buildings and caused many more issues […]

Environment Agency allocates cash to flood scheme in Todmorden

March 6, 2012

The Environment Agency has announced it is to provide a further £4.6million towards Todmorden’s flood defences. This is all part of a scheme worth £32million in total that will offer protection to 658 properties at risk of flooding from Walsden Water. To prevent it from overflowing, a wall spanning 500 metres is already being put […]

Water company gets sewer upgrade project underway

March 5, 2012

Yorkshire Water has recently begun major works on sewer systems that will reduce the risk of flooding in Shipley West Yorkshire. This £600,000 upgrade project is being carried out in partnership with engineers Mott MacDonald Bentley. The engineers are to improve the sewerage systems by installing a huge underground storage tank which has the capacity […]

Drainage issues lead to resurfacing work delays in Fife

February 28, 2012

Fife Council has revealed that drainage problems were to blame for the delay of the planned road closure on City Road in St Andrews recently. Resurfacing works were expected to begin on the road last week, but due to these unexpected circumstances this had to be put on hold until the drainage situation was sorted […]

Why water companies are so active in drain campaigns

January 23, 2012

Water companies such as United Utilities in the North West are very determined in educating those living in their area to understand more about what happens when items are disposed of in the wrong way. This is certainly understandable when you consider that United Utilities is expected to cope with a minimum of 40,000 blockages […]

Water company exposes problem with misleading advice

January 19, 2012

A survey carried out by north west water company United Utilities last year revealed some worrying findings for households up and down the country. They looked at many items manufactured by the leading hygiene brands and found that the advice on their products was actually misleading their customers. With many products like cotton wool, make-up […]

Drain study to be backed by Yorkshire Water

January 18, 2012

According to recent reports the water company is set to put money towards an investigation of the sewerage and drainage systems in Goole, a town that was victim to flash flooding during the summer of 2010. The study is to cost Yorkshire Water £275,000 to complete as it is all part of pump improvements recommended […]

Drain tips for parents as Mums Know Best

January 17, 2012

Water companies are usually quite vocal when it comes to letting their customers know about the best ways to look after the drains servicing their homes. However, United Utilities is particularly active in the North West area and has a number of ongoing campaigns that highlight the problem of blocked drainage and how this can […]

Did you heed the drainage warning this Christmas?

January 16, 2012

Just before Christmas United Utilities reminded families living in the North West that they needed to think carefully before deciding to pour turkey fat into the drainage system. This advice was offered so they didn’t face blocked pipes and huge repair costs when entering the new year. Hopefully, this time the usual million pints of […]

Bringing the Keep it Clear campaign to life

January 13, 2012

Following three successful events at the end of last year, Anglian Water is all set to continue with its Keep it Clear roadshow when it visits four more communities over the next few months. Featuring such things as interactive displays, live presentations, demonstrations as well as giveaways, those living in the region will be able […]

Thames Water gets into festive spirit to highlight sewer problems

January 2, 2012

Staff at Thames Water decided to make a serious point using Christmas Carols last month when they posted a YouTube video of themselves singing a reworded classic to highlight the issues of fat disposal in the sewerage system. They were all dressed up in suitable festive attire for the occasion as they sang to the […]

Drainage works underway around Bournemouth Airport

November 30, 2011

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 […]

Have you noticed signs that your bath is becoming blocked? (Part 2)

October 29, 2011

The last article looked at the immediate thing to try should your bath be taking much longer than normal to empty after a bath or shower. It might be easy to fix the problem by removing any hair or scum from around the plug hole, but if not, then consider the following information. If the […]

Many areas have better protection against flooding

October 26, 2011

The Environment Agency has recently revealed that around 182,000 households in England now have been provided with an improved defence against the risk of flood. According to a report from the organisation, this has exceeded the three-year target originally set by the government by 37,000 properties. As well as this, a record number of homes […]

Water company identifies problem area for blocked drains

October 25, 2011

Thames Water has revealed that it has launched a scheme costing £4 million to tackle one of its worst areas for blocked drains. Harrow in northwest London is the area in question after the water company named it along with East Ham and Leyton as being worse for sewer blockages that anywhere else in the […]

Thames Water faces up to added responsibilities

October 24, 2011

In just one example of how the recent law changes are affecting the drainage maintenance responsibilities of water companies up and down the country, Thames Water has pledged to address the problem areas in the capital. With the increase in sewer network for the organisation coming from sewers that are outside property boundaries and shared systems, which […]

Water company explains flood scheme to community

September 23, 2011

Southern Water has taken an unexpected step of deciding to host a meeting where residents of the Hampshire village of Milford-On-Sea can hear all about their upcoming flood and pollution alleviation scheme. This drop-in session, which took place yesterday, gave the people of the community a chance to find out about the £1.6 million investment […]

New Scottish housing fund set up to tackle drainage issues

September 21, 2011

It has been reported this week that the Scottish Government are to put forward £10 million which will go towards housing infrastructure projects in the country which currently suffer from flooding and drainage-related problems. This announcement is a huge boost for the Scottish construction industry as these loans will be able to support these new […]

How changes to the sewerage system will affect homeowners

July 19, 2011

It has been revealed that the Government are to transfer ownership of many private sewers and lateral drains to water and sewerage companies from the 1st of October this year. This makes the responsibility for drainage maintenance more straightforward and is designed to ensure the sewerage system is managed more effectively. As well as better […]

Drainage maintenance improvements called for in Perth

July 15, 2011

Residents of Perth in central Scotland have demanded action be taken after flash floods caused havoc on the streets for the third year in a row. The problems arose as 20mm of rainfall hit the Fair City last week causing homeowners to scramble for sandbags in order to look after their property. During the same […]

Flash flood warning follows recent heatwave

June 28, 2011

Most of the country has basked in soaring temperatures over the past few days, with yesterday recorded as the hottest so far this year, however flash flooding is now expected in many parts of England. The Environment Agency and Met Office have warned of this threat as heavy showers are due to hit southern, eastern […]

Lothian homes identified as being at risk of flooding

June 20, 2011

It has been reported that over 13,000 residential properties and nearly 1,300 businesses in the Lothians, Scotland, are in danger of suffering flood damage in the near future. According to official calculations published in a flood management consultation by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), the damage resulting from this flooding could total at least […]

Get used to extreme weather and flooding

June 16, 2011

It has been reported in the news that climate scientists and weather observers have warned the news trends which seem to have been sweeping Europe over recent years are all set to continue. The fact that many areas of England and Wales are now being declared as drought zones following on from an extremely cold […]

EU flood risk definition sparks debate in Wales

June 15, 2011

The new European Union directive on providing funding for flood defences has been met with criticism by Welsh politicians over the term “significant flood risk”. This is due to the fact that much of the country’s population is spread out across different areas and so does not meet the requirements to be deemed a priority. […]

Penketh drain improvement works now finished

May 20, 2011

It has been reported this week that the roadworks on Warrington Road in Penketh, Cheshire, have now been completed. United Utilities, the largest water company in the UK, has declared that the work to make improvements to the local sewer network has been brought to an end, in advance of the estimated finishing date. Residents […]

Flooding concerns raised in Morpeth

January 27, 2011

Flooding issues in Morpeth are being looked at by the Environment Agency and Northumbrian Water as a way to finally solve the problems that have been plaguing residents for the last few years. Flooding on Bennetts Walk usually happens at times of heavy rainfall. After a feasibility study into the flooding was conducted, it was […]

Cuckoo Trail drainage works complete by Easter

January 25, 2011

A drainage contractor is working with Southern Water to replace a section of sewer pipe under the popular Cuckoo Trail in Polegate, East Sussex. The works started on the drainage pipe in November, but due to heavy snowfall at the end of the year, they have been delayed somewhat. Over 700 metres of the pipe […]

New sewage treatment works at Ludgershall

January 24, 2011

A Hampshire village will see an upgrade of its local sewage treatment works as part of a £4 million investment by Southern Water. The south of England water company are going to refurbish the treatment works at Ludgershall, which serve 5,000, people over the next year. The works will see new treatment units installed, a […]

Drain problems in Wigginton, Yorkshire

January 20, 2011

The small town of Wigginton in Yorkshire has finally seen an end to the flooding which has caused raw sewage to be strewn over its main street on numerous occasions over the last few months. After residents complained that dirty water was seeping into their gardens and raw sewage was found floating on the main […]

CCTV drainage investigation on road in York

December 28, 2010

A road in the centre of York was closed for a day last week when the road partially collapsed. A burst water pipe was deemed to be the cause of the problem which closed Goodramgate between College Street and St Maurice’s Road. Workers managed to repair the water pipe, but a void was still left […]

CCTV drainage surveys conducted in Lancashire town

December 27, 2010

Lostock Hall in Lancashire saw severe flooding earlier this year when a flash thunderstorm released a huge amount of water in a very short space of time. Roads including Lourdes Avenue, Leyland Road and Croston Road were all left under several feet of water as residents tried in vain to stop the water coming into […]