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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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We are a small company doing mainly fencing and brickwork. And Brickwork repairs and pointing.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by Sarah on 22/9/2017

Chris was very good at coming back with a quote on time that I could use for the insurance company. He was helpful in advising on the right sort of fence which was tricky given we have a different ground level to next door. Delighted with the new fence.

Central Trading Uk are a famliy run business with 25 years experience in all aspects of roofing and building services.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by russell on 22/9/2017

When it eventually stopped raining and Bradley was able to build our extension, the work was top quality and at the end of each day it was tidier than I kept the place before the building started. I had an idea of what I expected for my money, Bradley told me what he could do for the same price and it was far more than I could have hoped for. Would recommend him and have already asked him to price some other work for me.

Gas safe registered with over 8 years experience, I am also fully insured up to £2million, Unbeatable prices with highest quality of work on every single job.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Loft Conversion, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by catherine on 22/9/2017

Excellent service. Heating wasn't working and sink plug had jammed so I was freezing cold and the bathroom was unuseable. Nathanial sorted these all out at the price original quoted. I couldn't be happier.

We are a small family run business who pride ourselves on giving our customers a quality product at a reasonable price. Our main area is specialising in gas boilers and we can guarantee to beat any genuine writen quote by 5%.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Radiator, Water Tanks and Immersion Heater

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Reviewed by Esther on 22/9/2017

Impressive service, quickly responded to our post, flexible in planning, arrived early to get a big job done in one day. Very fair price, very tidy and well organised and our dog liked him. Highly recommended

Resolution Roofing and Property Specialists. Speacialising in new roofs , cladding,UPVC fascias, soffits gutters, chimneys, jet washing and coating and much more. Free quotations cscs registered. Specialising in drives patios and tarmac drive's

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Home improvements, Loft Conversion

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Reviewed by Brian on 22/9/2017

Derek was very helpful and gave a sensible quote for our job. However we also looked elsewhere, including the contactor who landscaped the garden originally - four years ago, and have asked them to do the work. We are very grateful to Derek for his interest, and coming to look at the job. But cannot give a proper rating since he did not actually do any work for us. There is no N/A option on the feedback report. So this matter is now closed.

With 20 years experience in Construction and Landscaping, I have both the skills and the knowledge to ensure any job is completed to a very high standard, Trained to CSCS level, Chas registered and fully Insured.

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

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Reviewed by Teresa on 22/9/2017

Excellent job completed, very satisfied with the completed work, quote given and speed of arranging to complete the job, would recommend.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse, External wall painting

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Reviewed by Graham on 22/9/2017

The tradesman failed to complete the agreed job,saying that he didn't fully understand what needed to be done for a window that needed external access / scaffolding. Admittedly he reduced the price by £60. My wife paid him. I most definitely would not have until he had completed the agreed work to my satisfaction. Lesson Learnt.

We take great pride in all our work, all work is finished to the highest of standard we will always go the extra mile for all our customers to get 100% satisfaction.We are fully insured & highly experienced all our work has 10 years guarantee

Trades serviced: Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Septic tanks - installation / emptying / cleaning, Wooden / Metal gates, Garden Design, Garden Wall, Lawn care services - grass cutting / turfing / seeding

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Reviewed by Graham on 22/9/2017

James helps with project planning and design. He also left samples of different coloured blocks so that we made the right decision for us. His work team, Lee and Mark turned up on day 1 and worked like Trojans for the following 6 days. Lee and Mark are two of the friendliest guys you could meet and nothing is too much trouble even when we had a slight design change. They are both keen to ensure that you are happy with the final outcome. Overall I am very happy with my block paved drive.

We are a family run business with 25 years experience.We take pride in a vast knowledge of the construction industry from small repairs to total house builds. All our tradesmen are fully Qualified,insured and professional. Covering England & S.Wales.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by Margaret on 22/9/2017

An excellent job in the end after a few dates of cancellation.

"KEEPING THINGS FLOWING" : 24hr Emergency Callout Service : Drain Jetting & Repairs : CCTV Drainage Surveys & Reports : Blocked Toilets, Sinks, Gully's etc : Plumbing Repairs : CH Powerflushing : Competitive Prices & Discounts Available :

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Power Showers and Pump, Radiator, Water Tanks and Immersion Heater

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Reviewed by Joao on 22/9/2017

Very quick very precise Very happy with the job

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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