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Ben carnell

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I am a plumber with over 15 years experience with plumbing and drainage.

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Reviewed by Heather on 4/12/2018

Done a great job under difficult circumstances thanks.

S&L Drainage Ltd

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Highly-skilled engineers offer quality clearances for all drain blockages internal,external we operate 24/7

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Reviewed by Steve on 1/11/2018

Really excellent. Fast fixed quote, showed up on time, quick and efficient service even though the job was bigger than I thought, and no extra costs. Highly recommended.

Ley Stone Services

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We have over 50 years of experience in the construction industry. Specialising in high pressure cleansing/ jetting, with hot water or media blasting if required. Paths, patio's drives, walls, maintenance contracts. Drain jetting, 24 hour availability

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Reviewed by jhangir on 12/12/2018

The job: drainage inspection and jetting. Lee and Andy are such a delight. Lee a very polite and easy to speak to individual. His motto "we're not cheap" cracked me up but at least he didn't beat round the bush. He was of the first to get in touch. Communication was brilliant and they turned up on-time. Lee explained the process, showed areas of concern and the solution to rectify it. Will be looking forward for a quotation on the other jobs we discussed. Great job guys.

VearMac Contractors

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VearMac Contractors Ltd are a small company with over 30 years experience in construction. We cover all aspects of groundworks. We pride ourselves on quality and giving a professional service with an excellent understanding and commitment to our clients.

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Reviewed by Matt on 22/6/2018

Great!

DS CONSTRUCTION UK

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We at DS Construction uk are fully qualified and able to take on many tasks and we strive for customer satisfaction. We are a team of builders and skilled labourers than have beem together for a good few years. We are currnelty highly reccommended on My Builder. We do work in the local area for the schools and help out with charity work where we can. . I personally have been in the building Trade for 25 years. We have a combined age of 45 years of trade works.

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Reviewed by Andy on 20/11/2018

David from DS Construction uk is one of the most honest and very knowledgeable builders I have ever met. I knew what I wanted before David came but while he was here he put some suggestions to me and guess what. We completely changed the design and I must say it looks 110%. All works were carried out to a very high standard the place was left spotless at the end of each day. To say we are happy is a understatement we are over the moon. Thanks David Thanks Tom. See you on the next project.

CBL LONDON

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CBL London Services have gained a strong reputation in Bromley, Sevenoaks, and South East London as experts the providing excellent results time and time again. When hiring builders to construct your new garden or upgrading your fence, you need to know they have the experience and professionalism to build to your requirements. CBL Builders were established in 2005 and is a family business we are on your doorstep and ready to run through your building project

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Reviewed by Leanne on 6/12/2018

Fabulous tradesman professional and within my cost ...they went above and beyond to achieve the result I wanted and needed. They really helped me overcome a task I needed doing immediately with great quality and an excellent finished. I have actually requested they come back for more work. Would highly recommend no request was to much for them. Thank you guys truly truly appreciated

Vitalie Cortac

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V&A construtcion services

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Reviewed by Friday on 7/10/2018

Nice guys , great job just as expected every thing about him and his mate was real . I really appreciate thanks. I will recommend them .

1ST CALL RESPONSE

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we are a small family company offering a range of service at a competitive price and pride ourselves on customer service within the company we have over 20 years of experience within the plumbing and heating industry. we will offer a 2hrs call out service were we can we offer the following services plumbing central heating showers toilets boiler installation boiler breakdowns hot water cylinders cold water tanks emergency plumbing burst pipes gas appliances all our engineers are fully qualified and trained to the highest standards

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Reviewed by Andrew on 1/12/2018

I am very happy with the service and value offered. Would use again.

Serenity Property Services

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Serenity Property Services are a dependable company based in Yorkshire. We have a portfolio of projects that includes work carried out in domestic and commercial Propertys. We offer a wide range of services at competive prices:

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Reviewed by Dave on 22/11/2018

Work done was of a high standard and both of the men who did the work were both knowledgeable and hard working. Mark project manages his team as best as he can. I would use them again especially if I was assured that the 2 men who did the work were to used again by Mark.

K&M GROUP LIMITED

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At K&M Group we are a drainage specialists and experts in the following ares: CCTV Pipeline Surveys, High Pressure Jetting, Cured In Place Pipe Lining (C.I.P.P Lining) and Planned Maintenance services. We have a vast wealth of 18 years experience in this industry as a result we can provide a service to our clients that is truly unique while maintaining the highest standards possible.

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Reviewed by Elliot on 11/11/2018

Excellent service

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What is a septic tank?

A septic tank is a type of sewage system for the home, and is generally used in rural properties that can’t be connected to a larger sewer system.

How does a septic system work?

All sewage and wastewater leaves the house via a main pipe, and goes into the septic tank which is buried underground. The tank is usually made of concrete, fibreglass, PVC, or plastic.

Inside the tank, solid waste sinks to the bottom and is partially decomposed by bacteria. Other elements like fat and plastics rise to the top, creating a crust. What’s left in the middle is relatively cleaner water – and we stress the word ‘relative’ here. It’s a long way from being drinking water, but it can be drained into the ground, which disposes of it naturally in the local ecosystem, rather than contributing to the work of a large sewage facility.

When the water leaves the septic tank, it goes into a distribution box. This box feeds the water into a set of underground pipes, which then releases the water into the soil. The ground above these pipes is known as the draining field or soakaway.

The whole system can easily work using gravity, with each component being lower than the last, but if this isn’t possible then pumps can assist in getting the water where it needs to go.

Some water evaporates into the air, and the rest soaks down into the soil. The soil itself filters out chemicals and minerals, while microbes in the soil break down impurities in the same way the septic tank does.

Releasing water back into the ground keeps it moist, and helps plants grow.

The system also requires a vent to release noxious gasses from the septic tank, as well as allow air into the system.

What can a septic tank specialist help with?

Cleaning

The most important thing you’ll need a septic tank specialist for is to clean out the system. The solids at the bottom of the tank, as well as the crust at the top, build up faster than it decomposes. These elements need to be removed from the tank periodically, which is why the tank has access hatches built in. About once a year, you’ll need to arrange for someone to pump out the excess waste. If this is ignored, then the waste will build up and eventually block, backing up into the house.

Installing or replacing a septic tank

Over time, you might need to replace parts, or all, of a septic system. If the system requires cleaning every few months then that’s a sign of blockage or inefficiency. Maybe you can see waste water or sewage coming up from the ground, which could be a sign that the tank is no longer watertight. These are severe cases but they’re the biggest reasons why you might need to replace the system.

You might have a large house with a lot of water usage, in which case you could consider a larger tank. It’s also possible to link two or more tanks together if you need larger capacity.

Costs for septic tank installations and maintenance

  • Tanks start at around £800.
  • Installation is around £1500.
  • The drainage field, or soakaway, costs about £5000 to lay, for about 100 metres of drains. This is the total length of the pipes – you don’t need a 100-metre stretch of land to accommodate it.
  • Emptying the tank annually will cost around £150.

Maintenance of your septic tank system

If you want to maintain your system in the best possible way, there are 3 things you need to know.

How the system works.

Everything happens underground and out of sight, so it’s important you know what’s going on. This page tells you everything you need to know, so you’ve got that covered.

Where the pipes are.

If you’re installing a septic tank system, get your installer to show you where everything is, plus you should always keep plans of the work for future reference. If you’re buying a house that already has a system installed, you should ask for the plans. If they’re not available then use a septic tank specialist to help you find out where everything is.

Potential ways you could damage the system.

You shouldn’t build anything on top of the drainage pipes. If you put any sort of shed or building on top of the pipes, you’re almost definitely going to cut or damage them. Also it stops air from getting into the soil, which would hinder the soil’s ability to filter the water.

Likewise, don’t drive over the pipes, or park a vehicle there. This weight will compact the soil and stop it from being able to accept water at all. In severe situtations, the weight of a car could even crush the pipes. You shouldn’t keep large animals there – like horses or cows – for the same reason.

Don’t pour waste chemicals, paints, or cooking oils down the sink. These can kill the microbes in the septic tank that break down the solid substances. They can also clog the drainage field which would eventually fill the tank, and back up into the house.

Always know where your access hatches are too, and keep them clear of obstruction.

Lastly, don’t plant any trees or bushes too near the system as the roots could disturb the pipes too.

8 things to check when buying a property with a septic tank

  1. Ask if the septic tank has been maintained regularly – ask for invoices or receipts for tanker visits or service calls. A septic tank usually needs to be emptied annually.
  2. Find out how often the system is currently being emptied. If it’s being emptied every few months, this could be a sign of a problem.
  3. Ask the current owners how much their service costs, so you can work out how much it’ll cost you annually.
  4. Don’t rely on homebuyer surveys to tell you what’s going on underground – they only take a basic look at drainage systems. It’s crucial you get a full pre-purchase drainage survey before buying somewhere with a septic system. Get the tank emptied at the same time, to make sure the walls and pipework of the tank can be inspected.
  5. Ask for a plan of the drainage system.
  6. Find out if any part of the system is on someone else’s land. You need to know what the relationship is like with the landowner as you’ll need access for repairs, replacements and maintenance. 
  7. Think about access to the property. Tankers need to be within 30 metres of the tank to empty it. Are you planning an extension or similar? If so you’ll need to make sure this access is maintained.

Where does the waste water go when it leaves the tank? If it goes straight to a watercourse or a ditch, this isn’t legal any more. By 2020, you’ll need to have it

Planning permission for septic tanks

If you’re installing a new septic tank system

For installations in England, you need planning permission and building regulations approval.

There are different rules for septic tanks and treatment plants in Northern IrelandScotland and Wales.

If you have a system that didn’t get permission and approval

In England, you need to apply retrospectively for both planning permission and building regulations approval.

 

You don’t need to do this if your system was installed before 1 January 2015.

Regulations for operating a septic system

You must follow the general binding rules if you’re the operator of a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant.

The sewage must:

  • Be domestic, for example – from a toilet, bathroom, shower or kitchen of a house, flat or business - contact the Environment Agency if you’re not sure if the sewage is classed as domestic.
  • Not cause pollution - find out how to check for pollution.

There are other rules depending on whether you’re releasing sewage to the ground, or into surface water.

Releasing to the ground

You have to use a septic tank or a small sewage treatment plant and a drainage field (infiltration system).

You need to apply for a permit if you release (‘discharge’):

  • To a well, borehole or other deep structure.
  • More than 2 cubic metres (2,000 litres) per day.
  • In a groundwater source protection zone (SPZ1).

Releasing to a surface water

You must use a small sewage treatment plant. You must apply for a permit if you’re discharging more than 5 cubic metres (5,000 litres) per day. Use the calculator to work out how much you discharge per day.

Find out more on the government’s website.

Insurance for skill work

All tradespeople should have public liability insurance, which protects you, and them, against any accidents or injury.

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