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We have been providing professional workamnship for over 25 years offering a wide range of trades that are required to umdertake the works needed. We take pride in what we do and offer an excellent service at very competative rates. FREE QUOTES GIVEN

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Gas boiler - installation / service / repair, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by Dave on 19/2/2018

Although the job was small Kevin has done an excellent job. He turned up when he said, communicated very well and offered sound advice on the work required. I would happily use him again.

General builders offering a comprehensive level of services covering all aspects of the building industry. Fully insured and competitive pricing offering our customers peace of mind they are working with the right company.

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

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Reviewed by Nicola on 19/2/2018

Arrived when they said they would and were extremely professional and friendly. They even checked my neighbors drainage. I would recommend this company every time

We are a family run, small electrical and plumbing company, we can carry out every type of work, from replacing a blown fuse, dripping tap to a full fuse board replacement. We are friendly honest and reliable, and take pride in our work.

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

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Reviewed by Gerald on 19/2/2018

In addition to solving the original problem effortlessly, Will Messenger carried out two further electrical jobs for us, entirely to our satisfaction.

Experienced in the construction of new homes, extensions, maintenance work, landscaping, jcb machine operation and general repairs.

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

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Reviewed by hazel on 19/2/2018

just what we wanted

Hi property care is a family run business for the past 30 years we take pride in our work with you all home improvements no job too big or too small

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by Diane on 19/2/2018

Alex came promptly when he said he would. He completed the job quickly and to a very good standard. Would certainly use him again. S17

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, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment

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Reviewed by Jacqui on 19/2/2018

We have rated James excellent -simply because he was. We are extremely pleased with the loft boarding that James did for us, it looks great with a edging strip we hadn’t realised we needed to stop stuff falling off. We will definitely use James again when the need arises and recommend him highly. Was happy to work on a Sunday and job completed the same day. Dave & Jacqui

I am a friendly local tradesman who has been trading for 20years. I am a full y qualified carpenter, internal & external work undertaken. free quotes available for joinery, plumbing, fencing, kitchens, double glazing, fascia and guttering and more!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Burglar Repairs

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Reviewed by jennifer on 19/2/2018

Simon is a very pleasant guy. His work is top quality explaining what he needs to do in order to achieve the best finish. I will definitely be asking Simon to do future work for me and would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Simon.

Welcome to HALLMARK DRIVES LTD we provide a range of high quality domestic & commercial construction and landscaping services incorporating driveways, parking areas, block paving, fencing, decking, brickwork and landscaping services. With a focus on attention to detail and the building of long-term customer relationships, HALLMARK DRIVES LTD of Hampshire are the first point of call for many repeat customers & clients. we have many years experience providing an exceptional service creating beautiful driveways and paths in many different styles and designs that complement and add value your home. All work is carried out by our experienced team of specialist installers that have worked on many driveways from block paving, asphalt to concrete. we install and repair driveways, paths and ground works in the Hampshire area.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Julie on 19/2/2018

Did a great job as we asked for. Good communication prior to the job starting. Very courteous and quick to finish gravelling a large part of our garden in the pouring rain !! Left the area and drive tidy. Very pleased with the result.

Abode building contractors London is a highly recommended company with great customer satisfaction. Also we are a great work force who deliver top quality workmen-ship on time and on budget with the respect you would expect towards your project no matter how big or small. From our workforce hope we see you soon!

Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Commercial pest control

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Reviewed by Col on 19/2/2018

Luke, was very speedy to respond to the Ad and turned up to quote and start work at the same time, very professional. He had a 2 day gap in his work schedule and fitted the tree surgery in a treat. We now have light in our back garden, brilliant. And he took all the tree cuttings away - the garden has never been so clean. Highly recommend.

Working in North Wales and surrounding areas The Tree Fellas offer a professional and courteous service at a rate that isn't extortionate.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, CCTV installation, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Demolition

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Reviewed by ROSE & JOHN on 18/2/2018

A very hard working bunch of lads who arrived on time and worked right through until dark. We were so impressed with their work ethic that we had them replace all the garden fencing on both sides to the front and rear of our property. All rubbish was removed and the site was left clean and tidy.

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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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