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Reviewed by Laurence on 21/5/2020

Reliable and efficient. Plumbing in a new washing machine and removing the old one. Job was well done. Very pleased.

Family run business, with thirty years experience in the industry. We are a friendly and reliable service.

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 23/5/2020

Gavin and his crew were excellent! Had to deal with 2 very large oak trees in my grandparents' garden; removing one and pollarding the other. Really professional and efficient. I highly recommend his team!

Based in Ealing and cover most areas with in the m25 our priority is customer service. we undertake plumbing, gas and drainage work. we offer a reliable and affordable service.

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Reviewed by Neil on 21/5/2020

Great job. Good value for money.

Welcome to our profile. We aim to provide a professional service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. With over 20 years experience, we guarantee the highest standard of work from our fully trained engineers. Please see our ratings for 100% piece of mind. We are continuing our services throughout this Covid 19 pandemic, following government guidelines on who can continue to work. Emergency call outs will take priority over any other works.

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Reviewed by Rachel on 13/5/2020

I had no idea what to expect when hiring a gas engineer but drain burst plumbing were great. They contacted me quickly, turned up on time, were efficient doing the job and were much cheaper than I expected. Will hire them again.

We Only take on one job at a time so we give you our full attention.So give us ago.

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Reviewed by Alison on 30/1/2020

The job was done in a day to a very high standard.

Dg garden services is a small company with a large amount of experience. We are qualified and experienced in all types of landscaping and general buidling work, with over 15 years experience. Give us a try for a quality service at an affordable price.

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Reviewed by Glenda on 27/2/2020

Very friendly and did the job exactly as I requested. The job looks fantastic and they worked 3 days through rain hail and snow. Would definitely recommend them and use them again.

AP home improvements.Professional steam cleaning of roofs and driveways clean sealed and restored.upvc dry verge and guttering services excellent job done at very reasonable prices

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Reviewed by Martin on 4/5/2020

Considerable problems getting hold of the sealant, but he stuck by his word and managed to get it. Polite and quick with the work, I would hire this tradesman again

We are a one stop building company.We have been building for over 24years.We provide a full building sevice from electrical and plumbing works ,to plastering or extensions .We carry out all what you would ever need from a small dedicated building company .

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Reviewed by Jayne on 19/4/2020

Very pleasant person! Good job done

Experience in maintenance and repairs of all building and facilities, Planning and budgeting,we are equally skilled in community engagement and equally provide support assistant and contract cleaning. A trial will convince you.

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Reviewed by Rose on 18/2/2020

Fence has collapsed, no screw was put at the neibough's side, At the time of installating the fence neibough gave permission and left his side gate open for our use. R.: Dear Rose, Good morning, unfortunately no body put screws at neigbours side, because you can not go through neighbour. How many years you,ve had this fence. This was as a result of the last weather condition Rose, it hasn't got anything to do with fence installation. With Regards, Rahman.

Hi I have been in the building trade for over 25 years I have run my own business for 15 years I am very honest and totally reliable as my rating will prove .

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Reviewed by Mark on 20/3/2020

Paul discussed the job with me and sought my opinion during the progress of remodelling my wildlife pond. He was prompt, polite and professional and cleared up each day and after the job leaving the garden very tidy. I will use again for any “odd jobs” I need doing in 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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