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What to do if your drain is blocked.

If you’ve noticed that there seems to be a blockage in your plumbing, you might be wondering who to call. Do you just call a plumber? Do you call the council? Can you handle it yourself? Handling it yourself If the problem is a simple one, then you might be able to handle it yourself by cleaning your drains and …

Dropped something down the drain? Here’s what to do!

Oops you’ve just dropped something in the drain. It’s a common occurrence but we never expect it to happen to us. After the initial panic sets in it’s time to plan what to do next. In many cases you will be able to get your treasured item back easier than you thought. It first of all depends on where you’ve …

Why you should do drain maintenance during summer?

Drain maintenance is probably the last thing you want to think about when the sun is shining, especially after a long, harsh winter. While drains are prone to damage during the winter, they can be in the summer too, especially if issues caused by cold weather haven’t been looked at in months. Left untreated, drainage problems can cause a lot …

Water company bosses were paid £58M over last five years

It has been branded a “national scandal”. Bosses of privatised water companies in the UK have been criticised for receiving £58 million in pay and benefits over the past five years. Meanwhile customers have faced rate rises above inflation on their water bills. Household bill rises According to a National Audit Office report, water bills have risen by 40% above …

Water firms failed customers affected by the ‘beast from the east’

Ofwat has said that water company failings left 200,000 households in England and Wales without water during the “beast from the east” snow storms earlier this year. Snow and strong winds in February and March this year caused disruption all over the UK. Many of the problems people faced were when temperatures rose and thawed ice caused flooding. Ofwat said …

How to fix smelly drains | Top tips for 2020

Dodgy smells from your drains is a common enough problem, especially in the summer. Your first instinct may be to ignore it or call a plumber but there are some things you can do to fix the problem yourself. If any of these don’t work, then a plumber or drainage expert might be the next step. Common causes Bad odours …

Could drainage problems be the cause of damp in your home?

Damp is such a common problem in the UK and we’re not just talking about the weather. Damp in our homes is something everyone comes across at some point. It can be very problematic, depending on the cause, and very tricky to get rid of. Common causes of damp The first step to solving damp problems is assessing what the …

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When do you need a CCTV drain inspection

If you’re having problems with your drains it can be a difficult task to inspect and diagnose without digging into the ground. Luckily there is a handy alternative – CCTV drain inspection. A CCTV drain inspection involves a small camera being pushed through drains to see exactly what’s going on beneath the surface.  It’s a non-invasive way to check the …

Keep out of the gutter this Christmas – Protect your pipes & drains.

Winter is here. For those who live with vulnerable pipes, indoor or outdoor, or encounter troublesome yearly drain build-up, the cold climate can often be a period of struggle and financial concern. So, make sure you’re protected this year; take the right precautions in advance to pre-empt drain build-up and frozen pipes. Make it through the colder months stress-free and …

Water companies vow to cut prices in England and Wales

Water companies in England and Wales have set out plans to cut or hold prices for millions of customers. United Utilities, Severn Trent and Thames Water made pledges after a political and regulatory backlash against their performance this year. United Utilities and Severn Trent said that they would cut customer bills by 10.5% and 5% respectively from 2020. United Utilities …