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How is Drain Tracing Crucial to Drainage Detective Work?

July 29, 2015

There are a number of tools at our disposal when it comes to drainage inspection and the detecting and diagnosing of drainage problems. Our methods have evolved and become both modernised and more streamlined. Where once we would have relied on drainage rods, now our kit includes CCTV cameras and sonar drain tracing equipment. The […]

CCTV Drain Surveys: Wouldn’t You Like to Know What’s Going On?

July 27, 2015

We all want peace of mind and drains are not where we want our surprises to come from. Knowledge is power, so the old quote goes, and it’s particularly true when it comes to drains and CCTV drain surveys. Most likely you have a business plan, you have milestones and goals, projected turnover and profits […]

Why is Drain Mapping Essential to Building Work?

July 20, 2015

Construction is a vital sector in our economy, and with building costs high and the recovery going fairly slow, builders need to minimise disruption to their work as much as possible when starting a new project. Location is key, and, crucially, an understanding of what builders will be building on or over. This is where […]

Can a CCTV Drain Survey Rescue You from Worry, Danger and Disaster?

July 15, 2015

What are the business implications of having drains that don’t function properly, or become completely blocked? Whether you’re a business owner or a landlord, you could face a variety of serious and damaging consequences should drainage problems occur. It’s worth considering having your drains thoroughly inspected and a cost effective way of doing this is […]

Choosing the Right Drain Repair Company

June 29, 2015

Too often it’s a bit of a minefield trying to find reliable tradespeople and this is perhaps even more so for drainage repairs – these are potentially big jobs and you can’t even see the problem. When you’re looking at finding someone reliable for commercial drain repairs, the problem only gets larger, as you need […]

CCTV Drain Survey – Understanding The Importance

June 25, 2015

In commercial buildings, it’s vital that you keep on top of your maintenance, and If you are currently dealing with problems in your building’s drains or if you’d just like to avoid one in the future, a drain or sewer survey is a fast and accurate way to get an instant look at the condition […]

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 […]

Who pays for sewer repairs on unadopted roads?

December 1, 2014

The subject of adopted and unadopted roads is quite complex, so it naturally follows that problems with the drains and sewers are similarly tricky to negotiate. The vast majority of roads in the UK are public highways. However private roads exist within the bounds of private property, be it a home, a factory, a farm […]

Where Does it All Go?

October 18, 2014

Like all forms of waste disposal, when it’s working well we don’t give a second though to where our water goes after it has been sent swirling down the plug hole, toilet or rainwater drain. But we’ve just sent it on a journey through a series of transportation and treatment processes that will eventually see […]

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 […]

Things we’re glad we don’t find every day

May 30, 2014

Working in the drain cleaning game, we naturally come across all sorts of peculiar things down drains – often because they are blocking them. We’ll quite often come across toys put down there by curious children, and it’s not unusual to find false teeth, phones, tools, paint brushes and … things we can’t mention on […]

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 […]

Local Drainage Systems – Your Responsibilities

October 1, 2013

If you have a problem with the drain that services your home or business, do you know who is responsible for paying to restore the flow to the drainage system? In 2011 the law changed regarding who is responsible for the different sections of the drainage system that services your home or business. Prior to […]

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 […]

Carrying out drain lining without the need for excavation

April 26, 2012

In the not too distant past, should a drainage pipe be damaged and in need of repair, excavation was the general method used by engineers for replacement works to go ahead. This was not only time consuming, it would also lead to quite a bit of disruption in the vicinity of the pipework. Thankfully, there […]

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 […]

How a drainage contractor may approach drain cleaning

April 19, 2012

If you ever require the services of a drainage contractor to maintain the drains connecting your home or work premises with the sewerage network this may be a routine job or to fix a stubborn blockage in the pipes. Depending on the nature of the callout the engineers may decide to carry out a drain inspection first. This usually […]

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. […]

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 […]

Who is actually responsible for the drains in our area?

April 9, 2012

Despite the government enforcing changes to the ownership of drains in this country back in October 2011, many people are still unsure as to where the responsibility lies when a drainage issue rears its head. In this article, we will be looking briefly at this issue to hopefully clarify a few things so that should […]

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, […]

Drain jetting can be used to remove leaf blockages

March 30, 2012

Now that spring is here and the cold weather is starting to make way for a bit more sun, people are starting to head back into their gardens again. Due to this prolonged period of absence from the garden, it is understandable that there will be plenty of things to do in order to get […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]