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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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groundworks 10 years exp

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

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Reviewed by Robert on 23/9/2017

Onsite next day and looks great

We Specialise in Plumbing, Bathroom repairs and Installation, Building Maintenance, Conversions.

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

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Reviewed by Ben on 23/9/2017

Darren done a really good job turned up on time explained the problem and done the job really quick.

Tailored quality service for garden and outdoor projects. Structures, Soils & Plants. Over 20 years experience, technically qualified. Design, construction, planting, remedy and upkeep. 'A garden is a place to be, to be with peace and beauty.'

Trades serviced: Porch / Canopy, Garden office / Studio construction, Log Cabins / Timber Framed Building, Wooden Shutter, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Pete on 23/9/2017

Excellent service. Quick, clean and tidy super job also came in under buget will definitely be using his services again. David and his crew are nice people as well !

"Here at LT Construction we pride ourselves on delivering high quality building projects on time and within budget. Contact us today and see how we can help you to complete your projects as you imagine, regardless of size big or small"

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

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Reviewed by Adam on 23/9/2017

Oliver responded quickly, completed work as expected and left the job with no mess. Will be using again!

Family run & fully insured business with over 15 years experience in Plumbing Drainage & General Maintenance From burst pipe's or block drains !WERE IDEAL FOR YOU! with no callout charge and free quotation for all works undertaken find us on Facebook.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Garden Wall, Home improvements, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Ed on 23/9/2017

Can't fault. On time, no mess, job done. And all for very reasonable price. Would definitely recommend and use again.

JCB developments. Offering a clean professional service from changing a tap washer to full house refurbs.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion

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Reviewed by Catherine on 23/9/2017

The job was done in good time and everything was left nice and tidy. The price was as agreed.

We are a small independent family run company with many years experience on housing association and council contracts consisting of small repairs and new roofs, specialising in flat roofing and fascia's, soffit's & guttering.

Trades serviced: Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Wooden / Metal gates, Garden Design, Garden Clearance, Stone / Concrete Paving, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Shez on 23/9/2017

Reece did a really good job with our exrension flat roof. We've had some rain and all ok. We had to reschedule our install dates because of a few unmitigating circumstances, however Reece kept us informed (Reece, myself and my husband had a WhatsApp group so that the three of us could stay appraised of developments/changes). Really nice guy and left the place spotless - nobody would know we had building works going on for two days. Would recommend to my friends and family if they ever needed a roofer.

We are a small company doing mainly fencing and brickwork. And Brickwork repairs and pointing.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by Sarah on 22/9/2017

Chris was very good at coming back with a quote on time that I could use for the insurance company. He was helpful in advising on the right sort of fence which was tricky given we have a different ground level to next door. Delighted with the new fence.

Central Trading Uk are a famliy run business with 25 years experience in all aspects of roofing and building services.

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Pointing / Repointing, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by russell on 22/9/2017

When it eventually stopped raining and Bradley was able to build our extension, the work was top quality and at the end of each day it was tidier than I kept the place before the building started. I had an idea of what I expected for my money, Bradley told me what he could do for the same price and it was far more than I could have hoped for. Would recommend him and have already asked him to price some other work for me.

Gas safe registered with over 8 years experience, I am also fully insured up to £2million, Unbeatable prices with highest quality of work on every single job.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Loft Conversion, Wooden Decking

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Reviewed by catherine on 22/9/2017

Excellent service. Heating wasn't working and sink plug had jammed so I was freezing cold and the bathroom was unuseable. Nathanial sorted these all out at the price original quoted. I couldn't be happier.

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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