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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 David on 10/1/2019

Can't rate this company highly enough. Anthony and his team were punctual, efficient and tidy. The job was finished to my 100% satisfaction including a minor problem after completion which was quickly rectified. Thanks Anthony - great work!

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 Michael on 5/1/2019

turned up spot on time, carried out the work in quick and effecient manner,left everything clean and tidy, would highly recommend these guys. Mike McKendrick

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 Andrew on 14/1/2019

Quick. Good communication. Good value.

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

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Reviewed by Srinath on 11/1/2019

Lee was quick and efficient, he got all the latest drain blockage tools with him. Also checked out that he got more advanced tools in his Van if he needs them. Cleared my toilet and bath blockage in no time. Highly recommended.

DPS Direct Specialist in high pressure drain cleaning unblocking and CCTV drain surveys repairs and high pressure cleaning services for our domestic & commercial clients with over 15 years experience fully insured all certified at urdisposal call today !!

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Reviewed by Louise on 11/1/2019

Guy did an amazing job. Was a tough job but he got it done. Very happy with the work.

I am a plumber with over 15 years experience with plumbing and drainage.

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Reviewed by Heather on 4/12/2018

Done a great job under difficult circumstances thanks.

Plumbing and drainage and all building work undertaken. 20 years bathroom fitting and plumbing work. 15 years building and groundworks. Call today for your free quote

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Reviewed by Johnathan on 9/12/2018

Nice guys. know what they are doing. Good quote. Quick turnaround time and quality parts used. A few snags revealed a couple of weeks later. Offered to resolve but completed myself.

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 Michelle on 16/12/2018

Came as he said he would and the leak was fixed.. Still waiting for them to give me a quote on a full bathroom though..

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 Gino on 5/1/2019

Very friendly and professional service. Gary and Dave diagnosed and resolved a tricky drainage problem efficiently and with due care and diligence. I would highly recommend them.

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Reviewed by Sylvester on 12/11/2018

Ben showed up on site within a very short period of time after contacting me and sorted out the issue soon after.

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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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