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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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All aspects building services are a fully insured company, always striving to deliver the best results for clients and customers. Covering ALL ASPECTS of the building trade. Call for a no obligations free quote!!!

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

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Reviewed by Graeme on 24/9/2017

Very good work, input and advice - patient with us as we changed details as job progressed - I would use them again and recommend them.

Shell construction services: foundation, brick work, roof, structural work, beams, & all the Shell work, we have an experienced architect and structural engineer, we can apply for planning permission, and building control inspectors approval

Trades serviced: Garden Wall, Chimney Building / Repair, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Conservatory, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by alex on 24/9/2017

Really good job, thank you.

I have a small Ipswich based business that has many years of maintenance on property's and i have been doing gardens for a number of years now and unlike most i have public liability insurance in place and never take payment till the client is happy.

Trades serviced: Pointing / Repointing, Home improvements, Garden office / Studio construction, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Wooden Decking, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Hannah on 24/9/2017

Turned up when arrange both times and very happy with the service. Thank you Neil Wouldn't hesitate to use again

We are a drainage ground work company based in co Durham covering the full north east. We carry out all aspects of drainage work in the domestic commercial and insurance sectors. We offer excellent customer service and will compete with any quotes.

Trades serviced: Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Septic tanks - installation / emptying / cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe

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Reviewed by Jo on 24/9/2017

Excellent service. Arrived when they said, communication was brilliant and got the job done.

Affordable Quality As Standard. As a property maintenance and renovations specialist, we have been working for the last 8 years exclusively for property developers and Estate Agents such as Brinkle's, Towneds, Dexters, and Cubitt&west covering All trades.

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

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Reviewed by Ellie on 24/9/2017

This team were great! Ken came to collect me from the station to go to the property as it was raining! He was on time everyone when visiting the property and doing the work. He fit in with us and when we needed the work. It was done quickly and to a really high standard - we are so happy with the finish! Thank you! We will be hiring Ken again!

Hello and thankyou for taking the time to look at my profile we cover all area's of house maintaince internal andexternal we are qualified in all house maintaince such as plumbing and heating 17th edition electrician and much more contact for a free quote

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

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Reviewed by Ray on 24/9/2017

Excellent service job well done, a very pleasant and capable young man who I would strongly recommend for plumbing and electrical work.

Home exterior improvements

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

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Reviewed by Amit on 24/9/2017

Excellent job. Very tidy and clean. Great team. Definitely recommend.

Quality at your doorstep!

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

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Reviewed by Gill on 23/9/2017

Jabir did a really excellent job redecorating a spare bedroom and could not have been more helpful or reliable. Very highly recommended indeed.

A building & construction company based in Oxford priding ourselves on customer service and satisfaction. A Certified Registered Building Practitioner & member of the Masters Builders Association. Specialising in New Builds,Extensions & Renovations

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Bathroom Repair, Chimney Building / Repair, Garage Conversion, House extension

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Reviewed by Otto on 23/9/2017

buildrite construction oxford converted my house in less than five weeks. They planned all the necessary details and managed the project extremely well. The workmanship was excellent down to the smallest detail. There were no unexpected costs. All the necessary work had been anticipated well ahead of time and had been priced correctly in their offer. They kept me informed on a daily basis and kept all their promises. I therefore very much recommend buildrite construction oxford.

MJJ BUILDERS LIMITED .

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

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Reviewed by michael on 22/9/2017

MJJ did exactly what they said they would,, when they said they would do it and charged what they quoted. The work was good and the finish was as well. I’d recommend them.

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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