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We are a family run business with lots of experience no job is too big or too small many thanks onestop team

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Gemma on 21/2/2018

Thank you Billy and co,

Providing hard and soft landscaping/ground working services for over 20 years. Specialising in garden design, mono blocking, driveways, patios, foundation work, drainage, decking, fencing, turfing, artificial grass and garden maintenance. Fully insured.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by JP on 21/2/2018

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Home exterior improvements

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

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Reviewed by Warren on 21/2/2018

Josh and the team have completed a patio and path for us and we’re very pleased with the quality of their work. Their quote was very competitive and their work ethic to complete the job in the timeframe is commendable. Nothing was too much trouble and we were given very good advice about plans and materials. I would recommend Buildscape to anyone looking for both competitive prices and very good standard of workmanship.

D & M brickwork have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of building and landscaping .We are a fully insured professional team. We are totally trustworthy and reliable, providing a tidy service.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by john on 21/2/2018

Great job , very happy with the result , helpful friendly guys . Thanks

JCEM PROPERTY CARE LTD SPECIALISTS IN ELECTRIC HEATING TO ALL MANUFACTURES, AND ALL GENERAL PLUMBING INSTALLATION AND REPAIR WORK,INSURANCE WORK UNDERTAKEN GUARANTEED 1 HR RESPONSE WITHIN 50 MILE RADIUS,QUALITY & INSURED,ALL DIAGNOSTIC WORK IS CHARGABLE

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

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Reviewed by Jim on 21/2/2018

Jamie came out when he said he would to assess the job. It was much more difficult than he thought it might have been as I had thought and arranged to return in a few days. He did this and carried out the repair. I will use him again as he is punctual and pleasant and professional

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 Mike on 21/2/2018

Friendly guys - went out of their way to fit in the job as we were time pressured.

A property maintenance business

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by Margaret on 21/2/2018

Received phone call within 1minute of posting my add, delighted with service and workmanship, would highly recommend Bill to anyone.

UN-Block drainage specialists & Emergency plumbers others the best rates around the Midlands.Having a fully stocked van from a toilet cold fill or flusher to underground emergency repair materials to get the job finished without the stress. working 24/7

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Septic tanks - installation / emptying / cleaning

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Reviewed by Richard on 21/2/2018

Can not give any rating for this company because with the many calls, appointments and a quote they didn’t turn up and with no explanation at all.

H.s construction is a family run business with high quality standards with have been on rated people for last three years with great reviews but due to a technical issue with rated people I lost all my ratings but I have copy's. Your job is in good hands

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance

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Reviewed by Scott on 20/2/2018

The team arrived promptly, they cleared all my gravel rear garden bagged up and put it on my front drive as asked they cleaned up the very best they could. They made no marks at all going through my house to the front carrying the sacks all 30 of them. Highly recommend

Working within the drainage sector for the last 15 years working with key customers like Southern Water and Thames Water we bring a wealth of knowledge from simple blocked drain to sewer reline ' cctv surveys ' excavation '. All drainage problems covered

Trades serviced: Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Septic tanks - installation / emptying / cleaning

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Reviewed by Norman on 20/2/2018

Very good did the job and was very professional,would highly recommend this person to do any ground work..

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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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