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Pure Drainage is a 24/7 drains service. We have over 10 years of experience in drainage and groundworks, and have the skills and tools to tackle all the drain issues you may have.

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Reviewed by Gemma on 4/6/2019

Lined waste pipe after initial diagnostic work and extension made to man hole drain. Very flexible and helpful. Would have him back in a flash.

Highly-skilled engineers offer quality clearances for all drain blockages internal,external we operate 24/7

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Reviewed by Sanjay on 21/6/2019

Unblocked Bath as required

We have over 50 years of experience in the construction industry. Specialising in high pressure cleansing/ jetting, with hot water or media blasting if required. Paths, patio's drives, walls, maintenance contracts. Drain jetting, 24 hour availability

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Reviewed by Paul on 17/6/2019

Lee and his colleague were first class. Assessed the job thoroughly and explained exactly what was planned to remedy. Gave advice about the longer-term as well as immediate issues. Very good communication skills and friendly approach. They were unavoidably late for 2nd visit because they witnessed a serious road accident en route, but kept me well informed. It was a pleasure to have them doing the job.

We are a family run business with 30 years experience in the drainage industry. We unblock manholes,toilets,grids,gullys etc.We offer high pressure water jetting, cctv surveys, repairs, septic tank emptying etc. Very competitive prices.

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Reviewed by Christina on 17/3/2019

Fast, efficient, arrived on time. Pleasant and easy to deal with.

Gutters N Drains is an independent company that offers professional Gutter and Drain Services- Gutter Cleaning and Repairs, Drain Unblocking, Drain CCTV Inspections, Drains Repairs and Installation. We're Nottingham Trading Standards Approved. Fixed Price Services and great customer satisfaction.

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Reviewed by Lee on 26/4/2019

Gareth did a fantastic job really reasonable a good clean and tidy worker with outstanding workmanship a true professional He turned up on time worked all day installed drains completed next day as promised Would definitely recommend gareth

Local independent Drainage and Plumbing company with 15+ years experience in the industry. City and guilds qualified, Water jetting association approved, pipe doctor trained installers. Fully equipped to tackle any of your Drainage and Plumbing issues.

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Reviewed by Gary on 7/6/2019

Quality service and price all fixed in 24 hrs can highly recommend Gary

Clear Pipe Drainage are a specialist drain clearing company we have two jetting machines one with very high pressure capable of clearing all manhole blockages outside of main sewers and a high pressure water Jetter that also has a hot water capability to clear graffiti as well as drains

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Reviewed by Shantal on 26/6/2019

Unexpected costs when they returned the second time after they quoted to repair only to find out they can’t repair after all, had to pay them and their contractor

I am Aurangzaib Khan I look after daughter who is my life I’m from Pakistan but Afghan in origin studied Plumbing level 2 at CONEL and passed all my exams with distinction .As for my company well I chose the name in my college days as I want to Excel in every thing I do. I set my goals and always achieve above it .very passionate and full of commitment .At Excel Plumbing we believe in high standard at affordable price. I do gas safe certification /boiler repairs /boiler installation/toilet bath installation/cooker installation/radiator repair installation/heating/ leakage issues /block pipes or drainage with best snakes and jet unblocking available.

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Reviewed by Melani on 24/6/2019

we are so impressed with Excel plumbing. Khan arrived within an hour on a Sunday to fix a blocked drain that was causing problems for a while and he fixed everything wonderfully. will definitely be using him again.

all maintenance plumbing and blocked drain works undertaken..also good deal on outside taps...and sure stop valves(these allow u to turn water off in house with a flick of a light switch.).

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Reviewed by TOMMY on 22/6/2019

A very friendly guy that knows his stuff. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

We provide plumbing & drain unblocking services for domestic and commercial customers. Work varies from basic plumbing fixes to new installs along with our emergency call out service for plumbing and drain unblocking. Contact Jonie today for a quote. 24/7 fully insured and experienced. Jonie is a father of 4 beautiful children and a husband to a wonderful wife.

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Reviewed by Jean on 24/6/2019

Contacted me within 10 minutes of posting the job , turned up promptly the next day and did the job efficiently. Problem sorted and I was one happy ?? customer. He was very friendly and explained what the problem was, would use him again and recommend him

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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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