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This page has everything you’ll need to know about finding and hiring a drainage specialist. Learn about this trade and how they can help you around the home.

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Trades serviced: Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by stuart on 23/2/2018

Reliable . Did an honest days work in difficult weather conditions -

When you need help with your plumbing, you can rely on Dyno Plumbing. Our local engineers can take care of all your plumbing needs there and then. We offer 24/7 service for plumbing emergencies, won't charge a call out fee and all our work is guaranteed.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Complete Bathroom Refurbishment, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by Amanda on 23/2/2018

Changed my mind and had main stopcock changed instead, was more important. The plumber Tyrone turned up and was a lovely guy, new his job well , told me about sure stop which he fitted, I was always dubious of big firms, but I will use these again. Was really happy with the work done.

MB services offer an experience of 5 years as HANDYMAN like painting , reparations , maintenance and more.. MB services will try to satisfy the customers needs! It’s a new company born from a young man full of goodwill! MB services also make you feel protect; ensuring a 12 month of warranty in any service done!! Any problem just let us know to sort it out straight away!

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke kitchens, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning

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Reviewed by Y on 23/2/2018

Punctual. Reasonable labour charge. Above average work. Clean.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Burglar Repairs, Demolition, Door Opening

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Reviewed by Gemma on 23/2/2018

Lovely guy, super efficient, great service. Will definitely keep Lee's business card for the future.

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

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Reviewed by Guys on 23/2/2018

I could not have been more impressed. Two polite young men came and did my job very quickly and efficiently. They gave me options as to alternative solutions and had researched prices of parts before arriving. They then fixed the problem as agreed. I would strongly recommend them and was very pleased with their work. I will definitely turn to them first in the future.

30 years of experience, check out my ratings they speak for themselves

Trades serviced: Demolition, Home maintenance /Repair, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Radiator, Residential pest control

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Reviewed by Phil on 23/2/2018

Nice guy, job completed on time and as quoted. Came back the following day to rectify the smallest of leaks.

MFS PLUMBING SERVICES GLASGOW Skilled, Fast , Friendly , Honest Service @ Fair + Fixed Rates FREE CONSULTATION + ESTIMATE CALL MARK >>>

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair, Gas boiler - installation / service / repair

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Reviewed by Mary on 23/2/2018

Very well turned out and good mannered man. Couldn’t be more helpful.

WJS Home Improvements is a family run business. The business offers a wide range of services. With a fast, friendly + reliable team, we are happy to provide a quote. We carry out internal and external works within properties & businesses.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by gwen on 23/2/2018

Fitted locks at a time that suited me. Turned up on time and did the job exactly as agreed. Would use this firm again.

Otters plumbing here for you when you need us

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Flat Pack Furniture Assembly, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

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Reviewed by Natasha on 23/2/2018

Friendly and efficient, came out next day to do the job, completed to a high standard. Would highly reccomend and will certainly contact again in the future for any other plumbing jobs.

Experienced tradesmen in all aspects of construction.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by Andrew on 23/2/2018

Great guy, very reasonable price, great job done all round. Will definitely contact George for work in the future.

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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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