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Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Domestic House Cleaning: One off, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair

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Reviewed by Paris on 26/5/2018

2 men Came and leveled my flooring and put up a summerhouse done a fantastic job worked very hard made sure every little detail was perfect from doors fitting on to creaks in the doors, everything was all perfect. Came back the next day to finish the job! Would highly recommend and 100% using again.

We are a friendly, hard working & affordable company who specialise in general maintenance, fencing and landscaping, waste removal, end of tenancy property clearances, wooden & laminate flooring and more in all areas of Birmingham & surrounding areas.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by Jo on 26/5/2018

guys did a brilliant job of my front garden quick, efficient, and professional. would highly recommend.

I am a small family run business that has been established for 15years all jobs are considered and will be dealt with extreme professionalism

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing, Demolition

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Reviewed by Mark on 26/5/2018

James was polite, punctual and offered good advice before we committed to the scale of the job. Did not want or ask for a deposit and made sure we were happy before leaving and issuing the bill. Pleasant team of workers and tidied up thoroughly after finishing the work. I would definitely recommend James and his firm for any roofing work that you may require and will certainly use him again in future.

At MODE Plumbing Heating and Electrical Ltd we put you the customer first. We aim to beat any quote and provide a better level of service. Flexible to suit your time schedules and aim to get it done as soon possible. We look forward hearing from you soon!

Trades serviced: Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Electric boiler - installation / service / repair, Gas boiler - installation / service / repair, Gas Cooker / Hob - installation / repair, Gas Fire

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Reviewed by Gerald on 26/5/2018

Adam perservered on a complicated job to quote and with good humour (which he needed) and in a timely fashion. Would definitely use again.

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Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Disabled Access / Mobility Service, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, External wall painting, Fireplace

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Reviewed by Jo on 26/5/2018

Came out to the job at very short notice and went above and beyond to make sure everything was spot on with the job when they left it. Prompt and clear communication too which is always a bonus! Would happily use again.

Trades serviced: Chimney Building / Repair, Door / Window painting, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, External Rendering, External wall painting

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Reviewed by chris on 26/5/2018

Zac turned up when he said he would to quote. Having agreed to have the work done Zac and his team turned up spot on time, carried out the work quickly and efficiently doing an excellent job returning the next day to complete it. A quality piece of work.

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens

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Reviewed by Chris on 26/5/2018

they came out give me a quote said they would do the job with a couple of nice days as soon as got nice days were round did the job cleaned up everything looks immaculate

We are a family run business with over 35 years of experience we do all plumbing heating and drainage repairs and services. All our work is done to very high standard and fully guaranteed Customer satisfaction is our main priority and our friendly staff ensure all work is completed to a very high professional standard. we do all plumbing requirements from a dripping tap to water cylinder replacements. we have cctv camera surveying equipment for your external sewage pipes manhole and drain problems with record facility . we can do high pressure jetting to clear blockages in external pipework with a 4000 psi jetting system we have 35 years of experience in this field so our knowledge is second to none

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Guttering and Rainwater Pipe, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance

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Reviewed by Mel on 25/5/2018

Barry arrived promptly and got the job done quickly and efficiently. He explained what he doing and made sure everything was in working order before he left. Would highly recommend him.

Friendly reliable plumber. Fully qualified and insured. I undertake all aspects of plumbing work.

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

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Reviewed by Michelle on 25/5/2018

Leonardo came when he said he would and gave a prompt quote. (A rarity nowadays!). We had a small leak after the work was done and Leondro came very soon after being advised to fix it. I would recommend his services.

We are specialized on landscaping and garden maintenance. Our leader, Norbert is professional hard landscaper. He has more that 10 years experience in fencing, timber work, laying patios, build driveways and create practical and enjoyable garden spaces.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Fireplace, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by ron on 25/5/2018

Excellent. Life in the Garden returfed 100m2 of garden, levelled it, got rid of all weeds, flattened rockery, removed all old grass and laid new abolsuty brilliant job. Took 3 days, very polite workforce, worked really hard and took all my concerns into consideration. The quote was itemised and all payments done via transfer, I highly recommend “Life in the Garden” you won’t be disappointed. I would love to add photos to show the before during and after. Great job. Thank you.

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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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