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We are a one stop building company.We have been building for over 24years.We provide a full building sevice from electrical and plumbing works ,to plastering or extensions .We carry out all what you would ever need from a small dedicated building company .

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Reviewed by Barry on 2/9/2019

Response to posting was immediate. Quote was quick and reasonable. Work carried out exactly as agreed, quickly and efficiently. Tradesmen friendly and unobtrusive. Good customer service, checked to ensure we were satisfied.

BC plumbing services covering south London and Surrey. Jobs covered are from small jobs to full bathroom suites. Please feel free to check over 500 independent reviews.

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Reviewed by Henry on 17/1/2020

Prepared to do smaller plumbing repairs. Quick, competitive quote provided. Work completed professionally next day. Highly recommended. Will be using Ben again.

We are committed to creating places and spaces that are defined by our clients personality and taste. Our goal is to exceed all of our clients expectations, from creative design to actual construction at a price that suits you.

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Reviewed by Pam on 25/11/2019

We are really delighted with the fish pond that Tom created for us. Nothing was to much trouble for him to do and he cleared up after himself once the job had been completed

For our customers, we deliver high-quality cost-effective services exactly when and where they are needed. Whether it's a large and complex job or a smaller one, we offer all our customers the same approach to quality and service

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Reviewed by Beth on 18/10/2017

We can’t recoment Constantin enough. We had loads of jobs needed doing around the house we just bought: plastering, fitting lights, boxing in pipes, installing blinds etc and he did a fantastic job. I added a few extra jobs to the list while he was here which he was more than happy to do. My partner and I were really happy with the quality of his work and also the final cost. We plan to have Constantin on board for any future jobs on the house and we will be confidently recommending him to our friends.

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.

We Only take on one job at a time so we give you our full attention.So give us ago.

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Reviewed by Phyllis on 16/12/2019

I was very happy with Andrew's work. he did a great job and was very friendly, and helpful.

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 Diane on 30/12/2019

Paul arrived promptly The job was more complicated than I anticipated and it sounded like it would take ages but Paul likes a challenge and fixed it all. Problem sorted in a reasonable time and at reasonable cost. Very happy with the service.

Family run business, with thirty years experience in the industry. We are a friendly and reliable service.

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Reviewed by Ant on 26/12/2019

Gavin arrived when he said he would and cleared up well. We were very happy with his work and would use him again.

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Reviewed by Barbara on 8/10/2019

Pete and his team at Brooklands Landscapes gave a prompt and polite response and an efficient service which solved a long-standing flooded garden problem. Happy customer!

Experience in maintenance and repairs of all building and facilities, Planning and budgeting,we are equally skilled in community engagement and equally provide support assistant and contract cleaning. A trial will convince you.

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Reviewed by Ivan on 19/2/2019

Excellent neat work, well done. Highly recommended!

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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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