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established in 1987 we are a small company working over surrey and west sussex we cover all the trades specializing in bathrooms and kitchens

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Reviewed by Sue on 14/8/2018

Terrible. Feel very let down and disapponted. Patrick lied about door and window pricing. I have been left with uneven floor. Leaking roof and uncertified electrics. Will not respond to my messages

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Reviewed by Mark on 13/8/2018

So pleased with the work Danny did, great job would recommend him to anyone. Really good quality workmanship. Thanks Mark & Jane Thanks

family run hard working company with the right morals, belive if a job is worth doing its worth doing right

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Reviewed by Ian on 13/8/2018

Everything done exactly as stated and exceptional value for money to the highest of standards. Will definitely go direct for my next project rather than advertise on here.

We are your local carpentry, joinery and building specialist, based in Chislehurst. We cover all of Bromley and surrounding areas in West Kent and into London. We are passionate about wood working and have over 30 years experience in the trade. We provide a friendly, personalised service and pride ourselves on the highest standard of workmanship.

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Reviewed by gail on 13/8/2018

Peter is a very professional tradesmen he completed the job with skill and care and is reliable. He is polite and respectful and I would use his services again and recommend him to family and friends

Hi ,I m hard working ,and work very tidy.i m very friendly and always finish the job very good .my brother Luan help me when I needed him 16 years experience

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Reviewed by David on 13/8/2018

Quoted for repairing a garden wall and fitting fence panels. Did a great job. Reliable, honest, skilful tradesman and very tidy. A really nice guy too! Took his card, will be the first person I call when I need a tradesman again.

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Reviewed by Peter on 13/8/2018

DDS arrived on time and solved the problem, would hire again

Abigail Construction are a local based firm of General Builders and Brickwork contractors. We have over 30 years experience and specialise in all aspects of brick/masonrywork internal and external house renovations and improvements.

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Reviewed by Egon on 13/8/2018

Very quick and professional

WITH LBC CONSTRUCTIONS WE HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HELP YOU TURN ANY HOUSE INTO YOUR DREAM HOME... WE MANY VALUES THAT HAVE ALWAYS CONTRIBUTED TO OUR SUCCESS : TAKE PRIDE,BE PASSIONATE,NEVER GIVE UP, WORK AS A TEAM AND MEET AND EXCEED CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS

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Reviewed by Ramon on 13/8/2018

Completed job when he said he would and was very good in ensuring he cleaned up after himself.

40 years of working experience in building and plumbing within peoples homes and commercial works. I always try to maintain a good standard of workmanship and look after my customers so that they always come back to me in the future,

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Reviewed by Toby on 12/8/2018

Immediate phone call and arrived bang on time. Very friendly chap and well recommended.

We are a family owned business with over 25 years in the plumbing & heating industry with background knowledge of installation /service/ repair of all domestic gas central heating systems etc

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Reviewed by David on 12/8/2018

Responded within 5 minutes, came within an hour. Quality work and even fitted isolator valves for free. Would recommend and use again. A++++++

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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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