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EVOBUILD LTD

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Hello i am Alex, after 13 years working on the construction site 2 years ago i opened my own building company. At the moment i have 5 workers within these 5 works we cover a wide variaty of highley skilled services. I am the director of EvoBuild, and i will be responsible for the work that is carried out. we work monday to sunday to get the job done to a high standereds. i will come out and discuss the job in person and endever to answer any questions you may have.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Repair, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Decorative Glazing

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Reviewed by Munera on 17/6/2018

A brilliant job, well done!

Group Builder

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We are a company of specialists. We don't take deposits until the job is satisfactorily completed. We also do loft convention, roofing, pvc, guttering, plumbing, extension, bathroom, plastering, flooring. Paving, and Painting decorating, Thanks for reading.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick / Block Paving, Carpet fitters

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Reviewed by Tom on 16/6/2018

Very professional and excellent customer service. Able to deal with the changes from building control professionally. Worked well with my budget. I will recommend %100.

Inspired property solutions

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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 Chris on 15/6/2018

Prompt, work as per quote. Let the property clean and tidy.

miller's reactive

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Hi..... based in chingford (north east london) we cover a large area for all your plumbing and drainage needs. Im city's and guilds and advanced city and guilds in plumbing and carpentry. 29 years in the trade at competitive prices.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Plumbing Repair & Maintenance, Power Showers and Pump

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Reviewed by Mira on 15/6/2018

Lee was very professional and courteous. He explained what the problem with my washing machine was and described what needed repairing. I am very happy with his service and will definitely be happy to use him again.

A1 Builders

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Hi, I'm Ram Singh from A1 Builders I have been doing building work 31 years I have city and guilds for general building work, I do all aspects from groundwork to roof fully insured and qualified . I'm here to help you with all your problems . Thanks Ram

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by Scott on 15/6/2018

Ram quoted and completed the work within a week and I was extremely pleased with the work. 10/10 for communication, price, reliability and quality of work. I would highly recommend!

Dyno Plumbing

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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 Kirsty on 14/6/2018

Job was completed within 24 hours of posting even though not an emergency call out. Friendly engineer who completed the work quickly and efficiently.

Performance Engineering Test

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

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Reviewed by aravind on 14/6/2018

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SSG Solutions UK Ltd

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Our team of experienced, qualified and motivated people in various areas is the perfect solution for you!

Trades serviced: Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing

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Reviewed by Alex on 14/6/2018

Very happy to recommend SSG Solutions, from start to finish the job ran smoothly and the work was completed to a very good standard. The quote was fair and there were no hidden costs. They turned up on time and completed the work in 2 days. They were very considerate of the fact that we were still operating the business during the day and worked around this and kept disruption to a minimum. I would not hesitate to use them again for any future projects.

GRG Services

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Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Commercial pest control, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning

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Reviewed by Ishtiaq on 14/6/2018

George did an excellent job clearing the weeds from my garden, which hadn’t received any attention for over a year. He arrived promptly, explained exactly what he would do, was totally committed to the work without any breaks and then made sure I was completely satisfied before he left. He charged me a very reasonable rate for the work and was a genuinely pleasant individual to discuss my plans for the garden with. I would be more than happy to work with him again and will most likely do so.

Jaysconstruction

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Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by mamode on 14/6/2018

Jay construction was excellent in sorting our drainage difficulties. workmanship was good. explained about all work carried out. Trusted the pricing of their work as we did not seek a second opinion. will definitely use their services again promised to come back and tidy up. thanks jay and andy.

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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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