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Keen Plumbing is a dedicated company providing plumbing solutions throughout the London and surrounding area.We are able to handle any plumbing requests from homeowners to small businesses. All our work is backed by a 1 year guarantee

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair, Electric underfloor heating

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Reviewed by Brian on 24/2/2018

Very good

M.K Building Services is a family owned business, offering a comprehensive service in all aspects of plumbing, heating, kitchen and bathroom installation we also undertaking jobs like: plastering, gardening, property maintenance, painting and decorating.

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Jon on 24/2/2018

Michael put in some TV points for me. He was the first to respond, first to attend my home to quote up and ended up being the cheapest and the most professional and personable. Not only did he attend bang on the times he said he would, he was also very polite and professional throughout and most importantly, the work done was to an exceptional standard, and I am very fussy!. He cleared up as well so it was like he had never been here. I would and do highly recommend him and his team.

Warmserve Plumbing & Heating Ltd cover South & West Wales. We are Gas Safe Registered and Oftec Registered for Oil. We are also accredited installers for Worcester-Bosch, Baxi and Ideal. We can accept Debit & Credit Cards and can also offer Finance.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Dave on 24/2/2018

Great service, thanks.

Fantastic reliable service run by Keith and David, providing free quotes and competitive prices for all aspects of plumbing and gas

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by Ian on 24/2/2018

Work was completed quickly and to a good standard

We Specialise in Plumbing, Bathroom repairs and Installation, Building Maintenance, Conversions.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by sue on 24/2/2018

What can I say? Darren has been the most efficient, polite, cost effective tradesperson that we have dealt with in a long time. Arrived when he said he would (a rarity nowadays) cleaned up after himself (even rarer!) and the price was good too. Would highly recommend Darren and will not hesitate to use him again.

Aspire is a forward thinking company with traditional values.Our future is our customers,we aim to provide quality work at fair prices and build our future through recommendations and trustworthiness. We also cover Norfolk,Suffolk,Essex and Hertfordshire.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Floor Tiling, Gas boiler - installation / service / repair

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Reviewed by Sid on 23/2/2018

very reliable comms

Woodland tree & landscape specialists teem puts the customers first and help them out in every way they can we are only one call away We work around you we give free advice and quotes many thanks woodland

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Keith on 23/2/2018

Great job done by Nathan. Will be having him back on a regular basis to keep on top of our garden.

A Friendly Reliable local Builder. High standards of work and competitive prices.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Lenka on 23/2/2018

Very happy with the work. Garry and his team were very polite and considerate of my home. There was an issue with a couple of the parts I had previously purchased. Garry very kindly offered to sort it out for me so the work could to ahead without any major delay. Will definitely use Garry and his team again and would recommend.

All our tradesman have a minimum of 15 years experience and pride ourselves in providing work to extremely high standard.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction

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Reviewed by Sam on 23/2/2018

I would not recommend the use of this company. I appointed Matt to undertake a large garden renovation. He completed only two thirds of the job despite receiving nearly all the payment. There were some issues with what he did do (poor pointing and not providing the base agreed for the front patio) and he invoiced us for materials that he had not purchased). He demanded more money to complete the job despite a price being agreed up front. Our dispute is ongoing,

LANDCRAFT offers a personal yet professional fencing and landscape construction service. We are a family run business with an extensive work profile ranging from work in Australia and south Africa and though out the UK. Follow us on Facebook landcraft 247

Trades serviced: Bespoke furniture, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Conservatory, Decorative Ironmongery and Metalwork

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Reviewed by Claire on 23/2/2018

Scott was helpful, responsive to emails and quick to quote. His quote was very competitive and he was extremely flexible with our requests, going out of his way to accommodate us and making the last-minute changes we needed. The fencing is extremely sturdy and looks very smart. Thank you so much.

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Drainage Specialists - what you need to know

Drainage specialists tackle a lot of reactive work. They tend to be brought in whenever there’s a problem to sort out. They repair drains and deal with other sewerage issues like blockages. As well as the tell-tale signs of water not draining away in a sink or toilet bowl, there can be signs of a blockage outside your home too. Cracks in a path near a tree can be a sign that the tree roots are interrupting the sewer line. A specialist can bore the sewer line open, get rid of the roots, treat them to stop them from growing again and then replace or reline the pipe.

What a drainage specialist can help with

  • Repairing drains and dealing with sewerage problems.
  • Emptying septic tanks.
  • Installing septic tanks or soakaways.
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Some houses don’t have a pipe carrying waste away from their property. Instead, they have septic tanks to collect waste. If you have one of these, you’ll need to get a drainage specialist to empty it for you otherwise you’re flouting the environment agency’s rules. By law, only people who have permits to dispose of waste can take it away. 

The qualifications your drainage specialist needs

While not strictly a qualification, a drainage specialist will need to have a contract with sewerage treatment works to dispose of waste. The environment agency requires a company to have an environment permit to dispose of waste like this. Septic tank waste will be taken by a tanker to sewerage treatment works where it’s passed to the works inlet. If a sewer’s blocked, it’ll be emptied into a tanker while any repairs are made and the tanker will then pass decanted spirits back into the sewerage network.

How to unblock a drain

Most pipe blockages are caused by hair in the shower or bath. You can solve this by pulling up the stopper in the plughole and removing any hair that’s wound itself around the rod. Sometimes, you’ll need to unscrew the nut which holds the sink and rod together to do this.

If your kitchen sink’s blocked, you can try pouring half a cup of baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with half a cup of white vinegar but most of the time, DIY remedies like this won’t do much good unless it’s cooking fat that’s causing the problem. Before calling out a plumber, you can also try running water into the sink and letting it block up a little before placing a plunger over the plughole. After that, cover the overflow with a damp cloth and pump until the water drains away. For bigger drainage problems, including issues that are affecting the outside of your house, it’s worth calling in a drainage specialist to have a look.

 

How do you maintain a septic tank?

Septic tanks need to be emptied regularly. If you have a family of four, you should empty the tank once a year and if there are two of you living in a house, it’ll need to be emptied every two years.

Planning permission for drainage jobs

Unless you live in a listed building, you won’t need to apply for planning permission for repairs, maintenance and minor jobs but you should check with your local planning authority that any work beyond this is covered by your permitted development rights.

You should also clarify ownership and responsibility of any drain or sewer before starting any maintenance or repair work. They might be shared with neighbours or owned by a sewerage undertaker. Normally, drainage inside your property’s boundaries is your responsibility while a sewerage company is responsible for drains outside of property boundaries along with sewers. There are still a few private sewers around so if your property is served by one of these, the responsibility for maintaining it might fall with you.

Building regulations for drainage jobs

Building regulations may come into play for drainage if you’re building an extension or making alterations, including making your roof larger. If you’re building a patio or driveway, a tradesperson will need to think about the sizing of the soakaway and how surface water will drain away.

Drainage will also need to be considered if you’re connecting pipes in kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure they’re not at risk of blocking up and they can be easily got to if that does happen. Any pipework will also need to be ventilated to stop air from travelling up from the drains and being released into your house. Generally, it’ll be your builder, conservatory installer or driveway specialist that needs to comply with the building regulations rather than a drainage specialist.

 

Insurance for drainage work

There’s no legal obligation for drainage specialists to be insured but it’s recommended that a drainage specialist purchases public liability insurance so they’re covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a drainage specialist

  • How long have they been trading?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Have they got a permit to dispose of waste/a contract with a company that has a permit?
  • Will it be themselves carrying out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • How long does the warranty for the work last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking drainage specialists.

Drainage ideas

Find out how to keep your home’s pipework in order and read more about unblocking a sink. If the toilet’s blocked, you can try attempting a DIY fix but if in doubt or the problem still persists, bring in a drainage specialist as a first port of call.

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