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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.

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MJ and Aj Bartlett/ta MJ and AJ Bartlett

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension, Home improvements

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Reviewed by Julian on 21/9/2017

Michael and Spencer did a great job, on time and in budget. We enjoyed their company and would definitely recommend them.

Dg garden services is a small company with a large amount of experience. We are qualified and experienced in all types of landscaping and general buidling work, with over 15 years experience. Give us a try for a quality service at an affordable price.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by GRAHAM on 21/9/2017

Good job. Danny and his colleague worked hard, informed us of possibilities and carried out what we asked. They removed all the rubbish. This was probably phase 1 and we hope that they will return in a couple of years when other plants have grown , meaning that the oak tree can then be reduced further, Would certainly recommend their services. They were prompt and efficient.

Sam Davies property maintenance with almost 20 years experience in residential,retail and industrial property maintenance I have a vast range of experience and problem solving .

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, Home improvements

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Reviewed by Kate on 21/9/2017

Good job. Thank you!

Service provided over 8 years in building projects,full plumbing service ,central heating ,wide range in reconstruction and refurbishment of bathrooms,tiling,painting and decorating. Qualifications:CSCS, City&Guilds Level 2, WRAS,BPEC,PART L

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Laminate Flooring, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly

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Reviewed by Fiona on 21/9/2017

Brilliant work, very honest with the job and the pricing. All round great guy. Would highly recommend. Thank you

Here at precision plumbing and heating we ensure every customer is treated with upmost respect and proffesionlism. We maintain a very high standard of work and are very competitive with quoting. Your satisfaction is our drive which makes our job so easy

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Eric on 21/9/2017

A fantastic job done professionally the company go that extra mile for there customer I will definitely be getting them back to do my kitchen

established in 1987 we are a small company working over surrey and west sussex we cover all the trades specializing in bathrooms and kitchens

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

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Reviewed by David on 21/9/2017

Great job - can’t fault at all and would definitely recommend

We are a family run, small electrical and plumbing company, we can carry out every type of work, from replacing a blown fuse, dripping tap to a full fuse board replacement. We are friendly honest and reliable, and take pride in our work.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden office / Studio construction, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Internal lighting

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Reviewed by Stephen on 21/9/2017

Great service, the problem was more complex than expected but everything was clearly explained and shown to me, thanks for staying to complete it all ??

We cover all types of roofing work though out the northeast and general property maintenance

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Conservatory, Garage Conversion

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Reviewed by Shayne on 21/9/2017

All round excellent service. Did the work same day at an excellent price I would highly recommend this company

Highly skilled plumber with over seven years experience providing excellent service to customers in Greater London. With a strong work ethic and a can do attitude I am always willing to find solutions to problems, give advice and help customers.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Power Showers and Pump, Radiator

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Reviewed by Matt on 21/9/2017

Good service and very quick.

Dyno is part of the British Gas network and is a plumbing, drainage and heating business made up of over 68 franchisee businesses in the UK. Having over 50 years’ experience, Dyno is currently the largest plumbing force in the UK

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Power Showers and Pump

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Reviewed by Jan on 21/9/2017

Excellent service. Polite and informative. Very professional and did an excellent job. Highly recommended.

Drainage Specialists - what you need to know

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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