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Flow3 has been trading for 2 years with over 10years experience we are a trusted professional family run buisness who offer competitive prices for top quality work.

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Reviewed by andrew on 26/6/2020

Very professional the guys worked hard and completed a quality job. Very happy

Welcome to our profile. We aim to provide a professional service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With over 20 years experience, we guarantee the highest standard of work from our fully trained engineers. Please see our ratings for 100% piece of mind. We are continuing our services throughout this Covid 19 pandemic, following government guidelines on who can continue to work. Emergency call outs will take priority over any other works.

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Reviewed by Rachel on 13/5/2020

I had no idea what to expect when hiring a gas engineer but drain burst plumbing were great. They contacted me quickly, turned up on time, were efficient doing the job and were much cheaper than I expected. Will hire them again.

We have been in the drainage business for 20 years. We specialise in excavation to repair existing broken drains or lay new systems , also no dig trench less technology to reline damaged drains . Recent works to Severn Trent and Thames Water approval.

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Reviewed by Andrew on 7/11/2019

Marc worked hard to connect up our old drains on a cesspit system to new mains drainage. Great workmanship and a reasonable price . Would highly recommend to others.

At Ezeeplumb, our goal is to not only help you with all your Plumbing & Drainage Needs, but to make the process easy and enjoyable for you. We are a fullservice Plumbing & Drainage company with a wide range of experience. 24hr CALL-OUT AVAILABLE

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Reviewed by Richard on 3/5/2020

Paul was on time, dealt with the blocked drain very efficiently and was good value. I’d definitely use him again.

In business for 18 years honest reliable service fully insured expert in fitting showers and fuse boxes and lighting surveys and installing led lighting which as well as improving light can reduce cost by 80% can plumb in and wire electrical showers and can fault find and replace imersion hot water heaters one man can do dont need to call or pay for a plumber during this difficult time with coronavirus we can carry out work with protective gloves and clean with wipes and use face protection if customers require Please let us know before arrival

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Reviewed by June on 3/7/2020

Stephen is reliable and efficient. Would hire again.

Based in Ealing and cover most areas with in the m25 our priority is customer service. we undertake plumbing, gas and drainage work. we offer a reliable and affordable service.

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Reviewed by Shawn on 7/6/2020

Myles is extremely professional with good interpersonal skills. He kept me informed prior to attending site and while onsite. He completed the job successfully and left the work area clean. I would recommend Myles for the quality of his work and professionalism.

Ap home improvement is a trusted professional company with a great reputation to uphold & add years of experience.We improve the character and value of your home for less money than you think A complete service is provided we also offer a free demonstration without obligation. We always work closely with our customers in order to guarantee complete satisfaction Proper preparation is the most essential part of our jobs We spend time ensuring the work is properly prepared for a flawless look.

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Reviewed by Laura pyra on 17/6/2020

Lovely guy came and sorted us out in an emergency thanks very much!

Here at Weathertite Constructions we cover a wide range of building roofing extensions conversions damp problems drainage with camera inspection, garden design with patios driveways and walls. James has 20 years experience Lee has 35 Gary has 17 we are here to provide a good service information and a very reasonable quote kind regards James

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Reviewed by Natalie on 28/3/2020

They quoted and completed the work quickly and were friendly and clearly interested in their work. They tidied up and were very respectful of our home. Couldn't really comment on the work yet as it's only been up a week, but it looks neat from ground level. Visually, it matches in well with the rest of the wall.

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Reviewed by Lisa on 27/6/2020

Fast reply to ad, great service. Would highly recommend.

Fantastic friendly reliable service run by keith and his team providing free quotes and competitive prices for all aspects of gas and plumbing works

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Reviewed by Vicky on 29/6/2020

Great guys and got the job done. Unfortunately a little bit pricey.

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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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