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We are a family owned business ,specialising in roofing and roofing repairs .With over 80 years experience combined.We always strive to carry out your work requirements to a especially high standard and take pride in our 5 star ratings and trusted trader quality.

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Reviewed by Amy on 13/2/2021

Excellent work. They completed several other roofing jobs that needed doing while they were here. Very professional and friendly. Neat work completed very promptly.

I am a fully qualified gas safe and Oftec engineer and specialise in boiler replacement and servicing Prior to this I spent 25 years in the building trade and still undertake extensions and small building projects . I find with being. A heating engineer as well it enables me to carry out all the work apart from the electrical Which speeds the job up

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Reviewed by Mark on 27/4/2020

Quick and excellent work. I will definitely try to use again.

H C T construction can improve your home whether it be an Extension or a patio. No job will be too big or small. We aim to be competitive on price while delivering the highest possible standards. We have over 15 years in the construction industry and landscaping industry.

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Reviewed by barry on 5/9/2019

Brickwork of wall carried out to a high standard. HCT Construction were very helpful and organised. Would thoroughly recommend.

An established and friendly business offering a fully comprehensive service to customers old and new. GHS offers customers a complete suite of services to improve and maintain their properties. GHS offers a full range of services including but not limited to the following. Electrical Installations and Maintanence. CCTV and security system design and installation. Home network Installations. Sound and Audio visual equipment installations. Home automation. External security lighting. Fire and Intruder alarm installation and servicing. Here at GHS we are proud of our past, as reflected in our perfect five rating here on Rated People, but at the same time we like to innovate and would be delighted to discuss your plans with you regardless of what they entail, as we are confident that we can assist in making your projects a reality. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our customers are happy with the delivery and finish of any project that we undertake, and we are fully insured to undertake all work that we accept a commission for. Here at GHS we ensure that all of our technicians are suitably qualified and experienced in any work that we undertake, and we undertake all of our work with a eye on customer satisfaction and value for money. So whatever you have in mind call us for an informal chat, and we will arrange a visit to discuss your requirements, in detail. Call or message us today.

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Reviewed by Gavin on 22/12/2020

Gavin (owner) and his colleague Jade did a fantastic job of installing our CCTV system and moving 3 ceiling lights. Professional, chatty and very helpful. We will definitely use these guys again for any future work. Highly recommended!

Express Construction Group Ltd is a company based on quality details of the customer ,with a low cost of works and best quality for our customers. Don't hesitate to contact us for a quotation for your Driveway,Landscaping,Brick layer,Internal/external, painting, internal/external tilling , Block Paving, Fences ,Electrical jobs !!!

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Reviewed by Jay on 1/12/2020

I am so glad to have connected with Angelin through Rated People. He was given a plan for the garden and within a few weeks Angelin and his team turned a run down garden into a stunning contemporary outdoor living space. It now has a porcelain patio with built in seating, a pergola walkway, custom built raised vegetable boxes, new fences and a beautifully laid lawn. I look forward to working with Angelin and his team on my future garden projects.

Self employed Plumbing & Heating engineer with an additional really good professional adult trainee. Very honest, reliable and very friendly service :)

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Reviewed by Angela on 23/3/2021

Excellent very efficient job completed today. Andy is a very courteous & polite guy....I have already rebooked him for other jobs!!

Apex Construction constantly strive for perfection from the first contact, through to our outstanding after sales care. A combination of quality workmanship and a truly customer focused attitude see people returning time and time again.

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Reviewed by Beverley on 22/5/2020

Ben done a great job, He turned up on time, Very polite. He done such a good job that my next door neighbour asked ben to do for him. I have asked him to price up another job for me.

12 years experience in plumbing and heating maintenance in London work mostly as a sub contractor for the bigger brand company's in London so give me a call get the professional job done at affordable prices

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Reviewed by Teresa on 19/1/2021

Fab. These guys are hard working and reliable. But also, very nice people to have around!

Rapid drainage and plumbing is a well established local family run business specialist in emergency call outs and fixing bad previous work that no other plumbing companies will even look at! our no1 aim is to get to our customers swiftly and get the problems fixed quickly

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Reviewed by Keith on 18/4/2021

Quick response and gave thorough description of the issue and how it’d be resolved. Very happy with his work.

Hi there customer care and attention to detail is my main aim, also when I quote I do not spend two much of your time on a sales pitch, everything I quote goes on an email then you can make your own decision. Many thanks Billy

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Reviewed by anne on 31/3/2021

promped,polite,and took great care in explaining work carried out.

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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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