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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The havoc that FOG can cause to your drains

June 26, 2011

The national ‘Bag It and Bin It’ group was founded to combat the growing problems with Britain’s sewerage system, caused by the way households dispose of their waste. One of the areas highlighted by the campaign was how pouring fats, oils and greases (FOG) down the sink can create a number of serious issues with […]

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 […]

No dig repair techniques employed in drain repairs

June 22, 2011

While in some situations excavation is still unavoidable, there are now far more repair techniques available to contractors that do not require a road or street to be dug up in order for drain repairs to be carried out. This means that the latest processes are time-saving and efficient so that the drain does not […]

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 […]

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 […]

Root removal from a drainage system

June 17, 2011

It is not just damaged pipes and drainage systems that require specialists to tackle the problem. Root removal is another service offered by the drainage professionals which is needed when the pipe system becomes blocked or its structure damaged by roots from shrubs, hedges and trees. Roots just seem to always find their way into […]

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. […]

The main causes of sewer flooding

May 31, 2011

If the sewer system close to your home floods, the water company may not be held responsible for this situation. You should therefore contact drainage maintenance specialists to discuss how you can arrange for this health hazard to be cleaned up. In many circumstances the flooding could have been avoided. We will now look at […]

Always use qualified professional contractors for drainage work

May 29, 2011

The advice with regards to drainage in and around the home is the same as with anything else really; only attempt to take on tasks you feel are within your capabilities. For sure, basic drain maintenance can be carried out by those with DIY skills, negating the need to call in the professionals. However, don’t […]

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. […]

Concerns raised over speeding drivers during roadworks

May 25, 2011

A resident of Bo’ness, in the Central Lowlands of Scotland, has voiced her anxiety regarding the speeds at which drivers are travelling, as they pass by drainage maintenance works. The safety of pedestrians is at the forefront of people’s minds around Cadzow Road where the roadworks are taking place. Falkirk Council, who had brought project […]

Bag your waste instead of flushing it

May 20, 2011

A number of sewerage and water companies in the UK are campaigning at this moment in time to educate people on what should and shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet as waste. This is because these 4-inch wide waste water drains are only made to hygienically get rid of toilet roll and human waste, nothing […]

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 […]

Why you should not dispose of cooking fats using a sink

May 19, 2011

Did you know that around 55 percent of blockages in the sewer are due to the fact that people get rid of cooking fat by washing it down the sink? Many people believe that this is ok as you can always use bleach or detergent afterwards to ensure it doesn’t harden in the pipes. However, […]

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 […]

Work on Preston drainage tunnels begins

January 31, 2011

United Utilities have started the construction of five micro-tunnels underneath the streets of Preston to stop waste water flowing into the River Ribble at times of heavy rainfall. At an estimated cost of £114m, United Utilites have just started digging the first of eight shafts at Watery Lane, which will allow a Micro Tunnel Boring […]

Roads closed in Stalybridge as work on sewer system starts

January 28, 2011

Work in Stalybridge at the junction of Dean Road and Trinity Street has just got underway to improve the Victorian sewer under the road. United Utilities are spending £8 million on sewer improvements in Stalybridge and Dukinfield over the next few months in an attempt to improve the water quality in the River Tame. Currently, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sewer replacement scheme in Levenshulme

January 21, 2011

Drainage work in Levenshulme is currently being carried out by United Utilities to increase the size of the sewers, so they can carry a greater volume of water at times of heavy rainfall. In the flood prevention scheme, the sewage system under Clare Road, Davenhill Road and Errwood Road is being replaced. The new sewers, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why arrange for drain inspection if you aren’t having any problems?

January 18, 2011

Drainage problems generally only come to light when they start to affect us, but that isn’t to say they don’t start before then. If you have never had your drains inspected, it is worth hiring someone to carry out the task as it may prevent major problems in the future. A standard drain inspection will […]

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 […]

Wessex Water highlights the problems of sewer blockages at Christmas

December 24, 2010

While most of us will be enjoying our Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, the countries water companies will be counting the cost of the problems associated – namely blocked sewers. Wessex Water is one company that is making a point of trying to inform customers what to do with the fat from their Christmas […]

Sarah Beeny launches sewer awareness campaign

December 23, 2010

Property Ladder presenter Sarah Beeny is fronting a campaign which is targeted at homeowners who continue to put incorrect items into their drainage system. The presenter and developer launched Yorkshire Water’s Doing the Dirty campaign last Friday and stood in a re-constructed kitchen and toilet, which was filled waste deep with the contents of an […]

Big Dave tackles Manchester sewer problems

December 22, 2010

United Utilities have launched their latest attempt to keep Manchester’s sewers free from grime, a robot called Big Dave. Big Dave is a mechanised camera with all terrain tyres that can roll over just about any surface. He is controlled from above ground by his helper and can go into places a human simply can’t […]

Home drain unblocking tips

December 21, 2010

Over the years, the drains that lead away from your property can reduce in diameter due to the accumulation of waste matter. If they are not cleaned or maintained, this can result in a blockage or flooding on your property. Drainage maintenance is not something that should be ignored. And if you follow a few […]

Sewer collapse swallows HGV

December 20, 2010

A HGV was left in a spot of bother, when it sank into a hole in a road in Frampton last week. Usually potholes do little but create a bump when you drive across them, but this hole, caused by a sewer collapse, was large enough for the lorry to need a crane to lift […]

Camera with pictures intact blocks drain in Brecon

December 17, 2010

Drain inspection engineers in Brecon were surprised to find that a digital camera was the cause of a drain blockage in the town. Most drain blockages are caused by the accumulation of waste products, fat or people flushing nappies or sanitary items into the drainage system, so a camera was not expected. The camera was […]

Dŵr Cymru fined for sewage leak into lake

December 16, 2010

Dŵr Cymru, the Welsh water company, has just admitted responsibility for allowing raw sewage to enter a lake in Gwynedd. The firm received a six month conditional discharge from magistrates in Caernarfon after sewage was found in Llyn Padarn Lake in Llanberis. It was also fined £3,800 costs for the spill which happen in April […]

Phase three sewer repair works to start in Belmont and Carrville

December 15, 2010

Residents in Durham will see their sewers upgraded over the next year as part of a £3m sewer investment scheme by Northumbrian water. The third phase of planned works will begin in January in Belmont and Carrville and will see drain installation engineers install a new sewer network and a flood protection scheme created, which […]

Cumbria counts the cost of flooding

November 26, 2010

One year on from the devastating floods that affected Cumbria, the estimated total cost of the repairs is thought to be in the region of £275m. Cumbria County Council released figures which show that £34 m has been spent on the county’s transport network, £91m has been spent on residential properties and £124m has been […]

Drain blockages and drain inspection

November 25, 2010

Many homeowners don’t think to check their drainage systems until things start to go wrong, an oversight that could cost them a lot of money and trouble if their drains overflow. Drainage systems can only work to their fullest potential if they are properly maintained. The build up of waste products can cause the diameter […]

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 […]

Peacehaven tunnels make breakthrough

November 23, 2010

A Peacehaven waste water treatment scheme has reached a milestone in the construction of the system, with one of two boring machines making a breakthrough at Marine Drive pumping station. The tunnels will link new wastewater treatment works to the existing Victorian sewer system. Two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) are digging tunnels in lengths in […]

Councillor’s home flooded in Colwyn Bay

November 22, 2010

A local councillor’s home was flooded after an inspection drain overflowed in Colwyn Bay. Councillor Don Porter noticed the problems at his home on Rivieres Avenue last week when his toilet would not flush properly. Councillor Porter who is a representative for Glyn Ward said he had plumbing problems earlier in the week. He stated: […]

Fat clog causes stream pollution in Midhurst

November 19, 2010

After pollution in a stream in Midhurst, Southern Water has repeated its statement to customers to not pour fats into their drainage systems. Due to a built up of fatty deposits, a sewer became blocked causing raw sewage to escape through a manhole cover and find its way into a nearby stream in Midhurst. The […]

United Utilities consent to waste agreement

November 18, 2010

After a Prescot business was fined for discharging trade effluent into the public sewer system, United Utilities has sent a reminder to companies based in Liverpool to ask them to be mindful of their waste disposal actions. At a recent hearing at Knowsley Magistrates’ Court, a local chemical company was fined £2,500 and just under […]

Sewer repairs expected to cause delays for motorists in Belfast

November 17, 2010

Motorists in Belfast are being asked to be more patient than usual after a drainage contractor started work earlier this week on the repair of a sewer collapse on Donegal Road. Work to repair the sewer should take approximately five weeks to complete and will primarily take place at the junction between Donegal Road and […]