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London Drainage Facilities achieve CHAS Accreditation renewal

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) has successfully renewed its accreditation from the Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) to act as drainage suppliers for its customers. CHAS is a market leader for Health and Safety pre-qualification in the UK and being CHAS registered gives buyers confidence that a supplier is able to meet their Health & Safety requirements. More importantly, CHAS registration saves buyers time and money when it comes to checking out a supplier's suitability as CHAS has done all the work for them. LONDON, ENGLAND, JULY 2013 CHAS is rapidly becoming a construction industry standard which allows buyers to measure Health & Safety standards fairly and consistently across a range of companies working in allied but often dissimilar trades. The aim of the scheme is to improve Health & Safety standards across the construction industry sector and to alleviate some of the inevitable duplication that exists when completing tender applications. Major construction industry buyers such as Local Councils, NHS Trusts, Housing Associations and increasingly private organisations who participate in the system can now log-on to a single database and check the current status of all potential suppliers. CHAS accreditation is increasingly often requested by the countries major construction companies as it allows an uninterrupted transparency in the lengthy chain of the pre-qualification system. Anthony Reynolds, Health & Safety Officer at LDF, said: "With Health & Safety being the hot topic it is, finding a suitable drainage contractor who is going to manage a company's Health & Safety needs appropriately is a big concern for many organisations. Being CHAS accredited shows London Drainage's commitment to Health & Safety and provides potential clients the comfort of knowing their drainage job is going to be completed in the safest way possible." Please visit www.london-drainage.com/accreditations to find out more.

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The man who built London’s sewers – Joseph Bazalgette (1819 – 1891)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

As chief engineer to London's metropolitan board of works in the mid-19th century, Joseph Bazalgette had a significant impact both on London's appearance and, through his design of an efficient sewage system, on the health of its inhabitants. Joseph Bazalgette was born in London on 28 March 1819. His father was a captain in the Royal Navy. Bazalgette began his career as a railway engineer, gaining considerable experience in land drainage and reclamation. In 1842 he set-up in private practice. In 1856, London's metropolitan board of works was established. The board was the first organisation to supervise public works in a unified way over the whole city, and it elected Joseph Bazalgette as its first, and only, chief engineer. In the mid-19th century, London was suffering from recurring epidemics of cholera. Between 1853 - 1854, more than 10,000 Londoners were killed by the disease. It was thought at the time to be caused by foul air. The hot summer of 1858 created the 'Great Stink of London', which overwhelmed all those who went near the Thames - including the occupants of Parliament. This, together with the frequent occurrence of cholera, gave impetus to legislation enabling the metropolitan board to begin work on sewers and street improvements. By 1866, most of London was connected to a sewer network devised by Bazalgette. He saw to it that flow of foul water from old sewers and underground rivers was intercepted, and diverted along new, low-level sewers, built behind embankments on the riverfront and taken to new treatment works. By 1870, both the Albert and the Victoria Embankments had been opened. These replaced by the tidal mud of the Thames shore with reclaimed ground for riverside roads and gardens behind their curved river walls. The Victoria Embankment protected Bazalgette's low-level sewer, as well as a service subway and the

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Maintaining your drains

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Being able to solve issues with your drains is an incredibly useful talent. However, sometimes you might require help maintaining them to an even higher standard.   The Problem A blocked drain in or around the home is something that can not only cause damage to your home; it can be a really smelly problem as well. If you can keep your drains functioning properly and with little problems, you’ll find that blockages and other issues rarely arise. Prevention is usually far more effective than cure, and with these helpful tips and tricks you’ll find it far easier to keep your drains running smoothly. Drain Descaling Drain Descaling Drain descale - Grease             The Solutions Hot Water  To maintain your indoor drains, one of the easiest ways to keep them clear and free from blockages is to pour boiling water down them on a regular basis. A kettle full of boiling water once a week can be a substantial help in removing build ups of fats, oil and grease and preventing blocked drains. If you do this regularly enough you’ll find that it keeps your drains clear and prevent the need for any drastic action because something has gone wrong further down the line.   Baking soda and vinegar We never recommend using strong chemical cleaners on your drains, as you can never be sure what they’ll react with and if they will damage your drains. You can use a weaker cleaner though. The best solution is a combination of baking soda and vinegar poured down the drain, followed by hot water. You will be able to hear a small chemical reaction occurring once you have done this. This reaction helps to remove stubborn

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London Drainage Facilities adds 1 more service vehicle to its fleet

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) has increased its ever-expanding fleet of service vehicles. The brand new VW Crafter, one of the largest service vehicles to be added to the company’s fleet has already been thrown into action to help deal with your drainage problems. The recent acquisition follows continued growth for the company in 2013, with another 2 service vehicles planning to be put into action before year end. London Drainage Service Vehicle London Drainage Service Vehicle London Drainage Service Vehicle             LONDON, ENGLAND, JULY 2013 The new service vehicle enhances LDFs existing fleet, which include a range of sizes and capabilities to be able to deal with small one-off domestic jobs to large commercial enquiries. The VW Crafter has been finished to the same high standard as the rest of its fleet, housing state-of-the-art equipment on-board including High Pressure Water Jetting and CCTV Survey units which further enhances the company’s capabilities. LDF said the new drainage vehicle will be more environmentally friendly, featuring the latest innovations in fuel economy and low emissions. For the first time ever, all the vehicles in the front line will be under five years old. Danny Fuller, Managing Director of LDF, said: “Our aim is to replace ageing vehicles and, in addition, to meet current demand and support our work on increasing our drainage works capacity and coverage. By adding this vehicle to our already substantial fleet of drainage vehicles, we’ve enhanced our capability to support customers throughout London and the South-East.” Earlier in the year, LDF added another service vehicle to its fleet to support smaller drainage projects. The total fleet now consists of 14 service vehicles, enabling LDF to cover all types of drainage problems throughout London

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Millions of Homeowners being wooed to sign up for cheap drainage cover by Thames Water

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) were surprised to find out millions of homeowners in the South-East of England are being wooed to sign up for cheap drainage cover by Thames Water, only then to find out their policy gets ten times more expensive after the first year. LONDON, ENGLAND, JULY 2013 Thames Water has paired up with insurance firm HomeServe offering cover for drains, plumbing and some home emergencies. However, although it seems cheap at £11.88 for the first year for a typical home, the cost will rocket to £100 in the second year if you fail to cancel it. LDF stress it is important consumers understand the agreements they sometimes get pushed into before dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s as low-cost insurance is riddled with catches and small print. Danny Fuller, Managing Director of LDF says: “Too often, these types of insurance are sold in the hope consumers will not realise they have existing cover or are protected by consumer law. In this case, homeowners may even be protected by their home insurance policy. If not though, cheaper alternatives can be found elsewhere. At LDF, we provide preventative Pre-Planned Maintenance programmes and for any household, recommend they have a general drain service once a year. This would include a general flush of all main drains, with the cost minimal and the outcome reduced blockages and smells. Even better, this includes Unlimited Free-of-Charge Callouts to all serviced drainage. LDF never promote the use of chemicals due to the harmful effect they can have on the environment, the user and the drains they are used within.”  

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Whether it’s good or bad customer feedback, we have it covered at London Drainage Facilities!

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

I just hope my customers don’t keep flushing rubbish down my toilets! This was just some of the reaction we received from one of our clients recently after attending site to the reported problem of blocked toilets. The rest was very complimentary from Amrit Maan, Managing Director of the Punjab Restaurant in Covent Garden, the UK’s oldest North Indian Restaurant. “I would like to compliment your employee Andy and his drainage team, for the excellent service he provided to me and my Operations Team this morning. Andy’s approach, personal style, customer service and professionalism in dealing, investigating and resolving the cause of our blocked drain exceeded my expectations. We had to delicately pick up carpets and ply, to allow Andy to open a very stubborn manhole that had not been opened for over 30 years and then carefully examine the pipes and bends. He has a positive and can do approach and effectively managed to work out the underlying reason for the constant blocked drains. Such a commitment to outstanding customer service is to be commended. You can be sure that I will continue to do business with London Drainage Facilities Ltd with this high level of service.” At London Drainage Facilities, our main company focus is to ensure our customers, existing and new, are always happy with the level of service we provide. We pride ourselves on delivering the best customer service from our drainage teams on the road, to quotations and reports being sent within 72 hours of callout, and to site visits from one of our Surveyors. As the company continues to grow, it is a huge challenge to maintain our high standards of customer service, which is why we have put a system in place to monitor your feedback. Good or bad, happy or disappointed, each one we receive is logged,

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