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Reviewed by Syd on 20/5/2019

I didn’t go ahead in the end as I was able to fix myself. But Vic was very understanding and I offered to pay the cost of him buying the lead. Will definitely call if future.

with over 30 years experience we deliver a first class service however small or large the job is

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Reviewed by Brian on 20/5/2019

Incredibly quick to get in contact and get job done, very professional and helpful!

We offer complete construction and landscaping services.More of our work can be seen at:.cnconstructionscouk

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Reviewed by Bala on 16/5/2019

Great job with minimal effort from me. I can come and the work was done without any fuss.

BC plumbing services covering south London and Surrey. Jobs covered are from small jobs to full bathroom suites. Please feel free to check over 300 independent reviews.

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Reviewed by Janet on 8/5/2019

Ben Collins consultant with me all the way even when we had to wait for parts, text me to see if part had arrived and was prompt when the part was delivered. It took two visits but the job was done very quickly and efficiently.

Grip Plumbing consists of Edwin & Derek please feel free to ask us your plumbing or building questions.

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Reviewed by Roshana on 8/5/2019

Reliable prompt friendly. Good value

CLYDEWIDE HOME IMPROVEMENTS LTD SPECIALISTS IN ELECTRIC HEATING TO ALL MANUFACTURES, AND ALL GENERAL PLUMBING INSTALLATION AND REPAIR WORK,INSURANCE WORK UNDERTAKEN GUARANTEED 1 HR RESPONSE WITHIN 50 MILE RADIUS,QUALITY & INSURED,ALL DIAGNOSTIC WORK IS CHARGABLE

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Reviewed by anne on 8/5/2019

as per your phone call there told you I found out after that your price was very over priced and did not receive any receipt on email

I am focused high-quality service, friendly, competitive family business and customer satisfaction with over 25 years experience. I also have a Chaucer Insurance with a public and product liability limit of million pounds.

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Reviewed by Derek on 20/5/2019

Dominik of Domistal is very professional, courteous and friendly. He completed the repairs to a very satisfactory level and was confident and knowledgeable in the area of work. His time keeping was excellent and with regards the price paid he is great value for money. We would definitely use him again in the future and highly recommend him as a 5 - Star trademen.

we pride our selfs on beening trustworthy and honest . we fix toilets (syphons inlet valves) install washer machines. blocked toilets sinks etc full bathroom refits all the way down to a tap . call us 24/7 with any problem if we can help we will .

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Reviewed by Lance on 1/5/2019

Very good

Time served plumber with 13 years' experience of carrying out day to day general plumbing maintenance & emergency repairs & diagnosing faults at domestic and social housing across the northwest. Well stocked van, Always carry out work to a high standard.

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Reviewed by Steve on 16/5/2019

Excellent. No complaints. Would hire again.

Congratulations!!!! You're on to a winner I will fix your plumbing problems, from new installations to the smallest of leaks. I have over 10 years experiece working in LONDON and with over 310 customers giving me 5 star ratings I won't let you down kind regards, Alan Taylor.

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Reviewed by Leon on 23/4/2019

Friendly and expert plumber who completed the job in a timely manner. Would definitely recommend.

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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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