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we are a local family run business with over 35 years experience. we are a friendly efficient company.we offer senior citizen discount. Anything from a new boiler to a tap washer or complete bathroom install, or an a rated heating system call us 24 hour

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

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Reviewed by Greg on 19/2/2018

See my previous comments. This guy should be struck off. Luckily they are changing the rules regarding oil boilers to increase safety standards.

We are a WRAS certified plumbing maintenance company serving in the Bristol and Bath areas. All qualifications obtained via training with Access Academies in Cardiff. To discuss your job, get an estimate and / or arrange a quote, call Steve on the number above.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly

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Reviewed by Ali on 18/2/2018

This is the first time I have used this service. Once I had registered, I had a call within 10 mins. I then arranged a convenient time. Was very surprised Steve could do a Sunday, suited my perfectly. He text to say he was on his way. Arrived as expected. Had to pop out for a part, after fully explaining the situation, Cleaned up thoroughly. Left a really tidy job, I will certainly recommend Steve Edwards Plumbing (SPE Maintenance)

OSK plumbing drainage & surfacing's is a family run business with over 25 years experience in solving all your plumbing drainage and surfacing problems. Fully qualified. We undertake all types of work from plumbing maintenance to new bathroom installations. Blockages and drain cleaning to rain water gullies installed. All types of groundworks & surfacing from tarmac to paving. No job to big no job to small. Free advice and quotations we are here to help.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Jaya on 18/2/2018

Ollie fitted my toilet quickly and efficiently with minimal mess. He was very friendly and I would highly recommend him. Thank you

R.L.G property services are here to help, we take on outdoor and indoor work. Range from landscaping your garden to doing your patio or decorating your property and much more, no job to big or small. specialize in paving

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Door / Window painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, External wall painting, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Sue on 18/2/2018

Would thoroughly recommend Ryan

we pride our selfs on beening trustworthy and honest . we fix toilets (syphons inlet valves) install washer machines. blocked toilets sinks etc full bathroom refits all the way down to a tap . call us 24/7 with any problem if we can help we will .

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

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Reviewed by Nicola on 18/2/2018

A first rate service really helpful and a really friendly bloke. Would recommend him to anyone

Hi property care is a family run business for the past 30 years we take pride in our work with you all home improvements no job too big or too small

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Damp Proofing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by david on 18/2/2018

Came to fix slipped roof tile. Arrived in morning as promised, very friendly and professional. However charged £170 for approx 20 minutes labour with no material costs. Seems a lot for 20 minutes work. The chap who came said they would email over a receipt and guarantee for the work. Never received anything

We have been trading for 33 years within the plumbing and building industry, i have no certificates but i do bring 33 years of experience. if you have any any questions feel free to ask, thank you Anthony Gilbert

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Domestic House Cleaning: Regular, Door Opening

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Reviewed by Stephanie on 18/2/2018

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I have a small Ipswich based business that has many years of maintenance on property's and i have been doing gardens for a number of years now and unlike most i have public liability insurance in place and never take payment till the client is happy.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Commercial pest control, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition

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Reviewed by Rod on 18/2/2018

Excellent job, done quickly, tidily and on budget. Recommended.

General builder,all types of walling, Harling, pointing, slabbing, drainage and groundwork .Free quotes

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

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Reviewed by Mhairi on 17/2/2018

Very easy going and accomodating. Very good job.

A.s joinery and maintenance ltd all aspects of joinery lock smithing and maintenance work undertaken at grate rates

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Geoffrey on 17/2/2018

Andrew did a good job - I am happy with the result.

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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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