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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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Your local electricians and general builders in South West London Fully Insured - Professional and Polite Service - Quick Response - All Debit/Credit Cards accepted.

Trades serviced: Internal lighting, Electrical installation / Testing, External lighting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by Robert on 18/9/2017

the 2 guys were polite worked fast and I got the result i wanted. many thanks

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

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Reviewed by Ann on 18/9/2017

After heavy rain my gutters are still overflowing, the man working on next doors roof told me the gutters had not been cleaned out and the extra work I'd paid for had also not been done

We are a reliable, professional and family run property maintenance team based in Eastbourne East Sussex. Our team combines expert knowledge and a totally reliable service at some of the most cost effective rates available.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by caroline on 17/9/2017

Really good job, friendly people. Giving them other jobs.

We specialise in basement construction, renovation and basement internal fit-outs. Our experienced team are also experts in damp control, waterproofing and tanking solutions and all our work is guaranteed, offering our clients complete peace of mind.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Stonework / Stone Cladding, Cellar & Basement Conversion, House extension, Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction

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Reviewed by JANE on 17/9/2017

Yes the company got the job done and they were reliable. I liked the way one of the workers styaed behind on Saturday after they had finished to clean up. Yes i would recommend them.

FULLYFITTED OR FIXED No job to big or small Multiskilled to many to list over 25 years experience Any questions please ask away

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Doors - Internal

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Reviewed by Sarah on 17/9/2017

Excellent service, so friendly and nothing was a problem. Would definitely recommend his work and expertise. 5 stars all round

We are an island based company with fully qualified and polite tradesmen. Whether a complete renovation or a simple fix Isola building Services is there for all your requirements. fully insured too.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing

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Reviewed by jamie on 17/9/2017

Excellent workmanship by Darren and Dave and hugely impressed with their work ethic and reliability. They worked hard from start to finish, overcame unforeseen problems, and were really friendly and nothing was too much trouble. A real credit to their company! Thanks to Mark for organising and completing the electrics installations. Tradesmen that kept their promises - and didn't disappoint! Would definitely recommend, and hire again in the future.

Joined Rated People 26th June 2017 (References & Portfolio Available). We are a family run business with 30 years of experience in the industry, we are capable of delivering projects of all sizes and complexities within Time, Cost and Quality Parameters.

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

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Reviewed by Gladys on 17/9/2017

Antoni Janica did an excellent job for us and we are extremely pleased with his work. He is very reliable, friendly, and polite tradesman . He left the whole area very clean and tidy. We highly recommend him to anyone who needs a tradesman. We thank him very much for his help and we will surely be asking him again to help us. Gladys and Dave

recently established company with 13years experience. all types of work undertaken. paving specialist

Trades serviced: Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Wooden / Metal / Wire fences, Garden Design, Garden Clearance, Garden Maintenance, Garden Wall

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Reviewed by Helena on 17/9/2017

Forgot to mention the name of Daniel can be contacted through DJC contracts

Over 10 years in refurbishment and decoration,the can do attitude and treat every client with respect. The last two year's I have worked as a site manager with over 100 operatives on site. GMG has the right skills to lead a project of any size to the best

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

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Reviewed by Jacqui on 16/9/2017

Gabriels quotation was fair and considerate to the work and materials involved. He will give you a breakdown cost and will add any additional work (once discussed with you) at your request for an agreed price. The quality of work delivered is at a standard you would be satisfied with. He is also conscientious of clearing any mess from the work he was ascribed to do. Gabriel is friendly and accommodating of changes. Work well done. Thanks.

hi my name is matt baker from M baker roofing we bring roofing and buliding to the highest standard work. we have over 25yrs experience and work mostly on reputation we work with u as a customers to save money and to make sure the job is done right

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Loft Conversion, Porch / Canopy, Wooden Decking, Wooden cladding /Fascias/ Soffits

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Reviewed by Les on 16/9/2017

Excellent service. Job completed without any hitch, clean and tidy. Also did a further job not quoted for... For free. Completely satisfied.

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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