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Drains And Mains

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We have been in the drainage business for 20 years. We specialise in excavation to repair existing broken drains or lay new systems , also no dig trench less technology to reline damaged drains . Recent works to Severn Trent and Thames Water approval.

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Reviewed by Andrew on 7/11/2019

Marc worked hard to connect up our old drains on a cesspit system to new mains drainage. Great workmanship and a reasonable price . Would highly recommend to others.

Ezeeplumb

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At Ezeeplumb Ltd, our goal is to not only help you with all your Plumbing & Drainage Needs, but to make the process easy and enjoyable for you. We are a fullservice Plumbing & Drainage company with a wide range of experience. 24hr CALL-OUT AVAILABLE

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Reviewed by Sally on 5/11/2019

Job quoted and completed within an hour . Leaking taps / pipes replaced . Efficient and reasonably priced . Would recommend.

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

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Reviewed by Abi on 4/10/2019

Gavin Jackson phoned and arranged to visit. He was courteous, punctual, and advised me on what's exactly required to prepare the ground for building the garden wall. He went on about his business in a very professional way. He removed 14 conifer stumps and a silver birch tree with minimum damage to the pavement and the surrounding areas. He was honest and reliable and very communicative. I honestly would be more than happy to recommend him to anyone. His workmanship is second to none. Thanks Gavin,

brooklands landscapes.

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brooklands landscapes.

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Reviewed by Barbara on 8/10/2019

Pete and his team at Brooklands Landscapes gave a prompt and polite response and an efficient service which solved a long-standing flooded garden problem. Happy customer!

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 George on 14/10/2019

Excellent service. Contact made within 24 hours - attended next day at appointed time - set to work immediately and completed within an hour. Ben and his mate Sean are a joy to watch as they apply their skill and experience. Their mobile unit is impressively equipped with an array of modern equipment capable of tackling any conceivable drainage challenge. No hesitation in recommending Ben & Sean as my ‘go to ‘ drain men. George Smith

DPS Darker Property Services

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We are specialist in all aspects of ground works inc. driveways, paving, turfing, fencing concreting foundation, drainage we also have 3000 psi jetter for clearing blocked drains we have cctv drain camera to check any fault you might have .

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Reviewed by Karen on 10/10/2019

Reliable and friendly, few issues with the front step and Tony was happy to change the stone that he had already fitted without additional expense to me. Would recommend

AlphaDrainServicesLtd

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Small family Drain business with over 20 years exsperiance in commercial and domestic drainage. We specailise in every aspect of where water runs. Pump stations sewage treatment plants empty and installs. Jet vac units and tanker. Grease managment.

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Reviewed by Alison on 7/2/2019

Friendly professional service, good price, would recommend.

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 Jules on 30/1/2019

Very honest and reliable...even told me that no work was required but suggested a couple of options. If i go ahead, I will deffinatley use this guy.

PRECISE PAVING

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Family run company, we have been trading for over 20 years, honest, friendly and polite with very competitive prices. Top of the range finishing with Precise Paving.

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Reviewed by Tracy on 29/7/2019

Job well done, spoke to them one day & they came to look & started the job the next day ??lovely team & very polite & friendly, would definitely recommend them, would have them back for any other jobs I needed doing in the future

Flow 3 Drainage Services

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Flow3 has been trading for 2 years with over 10years experience we are a trusted professional family run buisness who offer competitive prices for top quality work.

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Reviewed by Sandra on 19/7/2019

Would highly recommend. They turned up when they said they would. They talked me through what was needed so I could understand.

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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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