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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 companies aided by new technology

December 30, 2011

Quite a lot has changed in the way that a drainage contractor would approach a situation. This is mainly down to the fact that they can call on trenchless technology which means that a road does not always have to be dug up in order for new pipes to be laid. An assessment of the area will determine what […]

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 […]

The festive period is a busy time for a drainage contractor

December 24, 2011

Christmas is usually regarded as a time for relaxation and spending time with family and friends. However, this is also one of the busiest periods of the year for those involved with drainage maintenance. This is because these specialists are required to sort out the added strain put on the sewerage system. When people have tucked […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thames Water to rectify sewerage situation

November 25, 2011

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 […]

Anglian Water begin work on Newmarket drainage ditch

November 23, 2011

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 […]

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 […]

A drainage contractor dedicated to customer service

November 15, 2011

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When the impact moling technique is required

October 19, 2011

If the specialist drainage team arriving at a site to make repairs find that they are unable to carry out this work because the pipes are irreparable, then in the past excavation was the next step of the maintenance process. Nowadays, in this kind of situation, as well as when new water supply pipes or […]

Now is the time to consider drainage maintenance within the home

September 30, 2011

As many of us are only too aware, as the dark nights start to draw in and autumn arrives the colder weather can lead to problems within the home. This is why it is always advisable to be prepared before winter sets in and you find all sorts of things start to go wrong. One […]

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 […]

Southern Water invests in Dover flood reduction scheme

September 24, 2011

It has been revealed this week that the water and sewerage company Southern Water has agreed to put £1.3 million towards a reduction in the risk of flooding in some areas of Dover. The investment means that the company will be making improvements to the sewer network in various locations to ensure that pipes are […]

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 […]

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 […]

Helping the authorities keep the sewer systems flowing

September 20, 2011

As a specialist drainage contractor, it is common for engineers to be sent out to tackle all kinds of drainage-related problems. These may be at homes where there are blockages causing all kinds of health-issues, or flooding on the streets where the sewers have exceeded their capacity. There are many things which drainage experts have […]

Planned maintenance as a preventative measure

September 19, 2011

Whether you are a homeowner, facilities manager, manufacturing plant owner or property developer, drainage may not be something you think about during your day-to-day operations. This is probably because the drains taking the wastewater from your building are flowing as they should. However, should you experience issues with the drainage it can come as a […]

Are flushable items always flushable?

September 16, 2011

This may sound like a strange question seeing as you would expect a product which has been labelled as ‘flushable’ to be exactly that, but when it comes to the sewerage system you would be surprised. The reality of the situation is that product labelling can be confusing at times and this is certainly the […]

What happens when an engineer comes round to check out a blockage

September 15, 2011

It is not uncommon for a home or business owner to find their property’s drainage pipes blocked from time to time. This is especially more of a frequent experience in a big city like London or Manchester where there is a lot of strain put on the sewerage system. So should you ever spot a […]

Advice for if you notice surface water flooding

August 30, 2011

There are many things which can contribute to sewage flooding, which means that sometimes this situation is unavoidable. When the sewer system becomes overloaded with large amounts of rainwater during heavy rainfall then flooding is highly likely. If you ever spot any surface water flooding in your street or coming from the drains then you […]

Clearing a simple blockage under the kitchen sink

August 28, 2011

Some blockages found within drainage pipes should be left to the specialists to clear, but there are many uncomplicated problems around the home which could be sorted quite easily. One of these is when you find that the trap below the kitchen sink has become blocked due to the build-up of fats and food deposits. […]

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 […]

More on sewer ownership changes this October

August 23, 2011

We have already reported the news that a new law is to come into place from 1st October this year which will affect the ownership of sewer and wastewater pipes and where they are located. For homeowners, this can depend on the type of property they live in and when it was built. What it […]

When drain replacement and pipe installation work is required

August 22, 2011

In this day and age, with all the many improvements in drainage technology, it is becoming increasingly common for trenchless techniques to be deployed by specialist engineers to deal with severely damaged pipes and drainage systems. However, there are still instances where traditional trench excavation work is necessary. Should it not be possible to repair […]

High performance equipment to handle your waste disposal

August 19, 2011

As well as being able to maintain all drainage maintenance works, if you enlist the services of a leading drainage contractor you may also be able to benefit from their access to high performance equipment such as a combination tanker with jetting and vacuuming capabilities. The advantages to clients include being able to handle all […]

The benefits of relying on an emergency drainage contractor

August 18, 2011

When a blocked drain is posing so much of a problem that it is affecting your business operations, it is important to address the situation before it creates an even bigger disruption for you. As well as the inconvenience aspects, it can also become a serious risk to your health and any other people present […]

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 […]

What a CCTV drain survey is able to show

August 16, 2011

When you enlist the services of a professional drainage contractor, they will have access to some of the very latest technology – including the ability to carry out CCTV drain surveys. A survey such as this is able to provide detailed drain inspection. This means that whether the pipe or drain system is above or […]

Clearing a blocked toilet in your bathroom

August 15, 2011

There are many instances where a toilet can become blocked and if not addressed, the issue can escalate and even cause the flooding of the home. We do not need to remind you of the health risks and unpleasantness caused by wastewater flowing back up the pipes and into the bathroom. This can make the […]

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 […]

Suitable repairs to a drainage system

July 27, 2011

There are a number of reasons why drains may be cracked and damaged, with joints at risk of opening up. These include such things as water infiltration, vehicular traffic, root ingress or ground movement. In order to find a solution to the issue, you may not necessarily need to excavate the area around the drain, […]

A typical scenario for those responsible for water drainage

July 26, 2011

Water companies have made a concerted effort over the past few years to educate home and business owners about the problems which can be caused when unsuitable items are flushed away into the toilet and drains. The result of this can lead to sewer blockages and so it is often the case that a drainage […]

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, […]

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 […]