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Welcome to LDFs blog & helpful advice page. Here, you can keep up­to­date with the latest goings on from LDF and the drainage industry in general, as well as stay alert to the best tips regarding your drainage.
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Should We Bring Back Front Gardens To Save London’s Drains?

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The demise of the traditional front garden has not just affected the appearance of urban streets, it increases flood risk too.


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front garden in Chelsea


Drain Experts Rescue Pet Hamster With Mini Ladder!

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Manchester Hamster Hits the Headlines With Daring Escape A family in Manchester feared the worst when their pet hamster disappeared. But experts and family members came up with an ingenious plan to save the day. Every pet owner knows the heartache and worry that can be caused when a cherished family pet disappears, and every […]


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hamster ladder


London Tenants Suffering Drainage and Damp Problems

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

High levels of dampness and drainage problems experienced by London tenants. When the landlord or tenant are responsible for dampness and drainage issues.


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Mould on walls in UK rented accommodation


Post-Christmas Fatbergs Threaten London’s Sewers

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

The Man-Made Menace Beneath Our Streets Water companies fear that excess cooking fats disposed of over the Christmas period could have unfortunate consequences for our sewer systems.


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part of fatberg removed from a London sewer


Updating London’s Lost Rivers

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

‘Innovative’ Sustainable Drainage Helps Manage Urban Flood Risk Homes near one of London’s lost rivers are at increased risk of flooding but a new sustainable drainage project from Thames Water could provide a solution. When it comes to London, the majority of people are familiar with the River Thames.


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Melina Road polypipe install


Are Super Basements Creating Greater Flood Risk in London?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Government Consultation on Potential Impacts as Super Basements Gain Popularity Super basements have become increasingly popular with wealthy Londoners. The possible uses are endless, but is there a down side to going underground? In Central London’s more prestigious residential areas, space is at a premium like nowhere else in the country.


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Damien Hirst's designs for his super basement extension, October 2015 (Photo: © Purcell /


UK House Builders Must Adopt Sustainable Drainage

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Government proposal aims to prevent overburdening of the existing systems and to reduce the likelihood of surface water flooding.


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Green roofs provide sustainable drainage


When Blocked Drains Lead To Open Sewer Conditions

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Blocked Drains Aren’t Just A Smelly Nuisance. They’re Also A Health Risk. Blocked drains smell foul and if left untreated, are a health risk and can cause major structural damage, so imagine living next to open sewage for 15 years!


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Sheffield Wakeboarders Tackle Victorian Storm Drains

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Stunning video captures secret subterranean adventure paradise. A new urban drainage project in London is old news in Sheffield. Their storm drains, dating from the 1800s, provide the latest challenge for local adventurers.


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How British Sewer Workers Helped Win The War

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Remembering Those Unsung Heroes. While soldiers fought above ground, some intrepid sewer workers were helping them to win the war beneath it.


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