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How can I stop my drains from regularly blocking up? LDF’s pre-planned maintenance programmes may be the answer!

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

A free site inspection from an LDF surveyor could help resolve recurring blocked drains. Drains across London have to cope with heavy usage and, for a variety of reasons, can often become blocked. London Drainage Facilities offer a free site inspection carried out by a trained LDF surveyor to determine what the problem is and the root of its cause. Offered as part of our drain maintenance service, the initial inspection is carried out at no cost. Your surveyor will carry out a detailed assessment in order to discover the most suitable plan of action to take. Once completed, we will issue a tailored quote that covers everything needed to fix the issue in the long-term. Fraser Ruthven, our Growth and Strategy Manager, explains the long-term benefits of requesting a free inspection for your site. “The LDF technicians have a wealth of experience in dealing with all kinds of drainage problems and will always offer advice for how to avoid these kind of issues in the future,” he says. “A common cause of blocked drains is sediment or scale that builds up quickly causing the water flow to reduce significantly. This usually occurs in heavily used drain areas such as kitchens and toilets and can be resolved by the process of descaling the affected areas.” Fraser continues, “By taking advantage of our free inspection service you can ensure that drainage problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently. It may even save you money in the long run, as you could potentially avoid costly pipework replacements.” All of the LDF engineers and technicians are thorough when making any assessment in order to catch issues early and provide an effective proposal that is designed to tackle each element that is contributing to the blockages. Taking advantage of this service provided by LDF could ensure that small problems do

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What Flood Preventions Have Been Implemented in Somerset Since Last Year?

Friday, February 13th, 2015

The floods that hit Somerset last year caused devastation for many homes throughout the county, but what has been done to prevent such damage from happening again? January 2014 saw some of the heaviest rainfall on record. Somerset was one of the worst counties affected, experiencing devastating floods that destroyed people’s homes and businesses. The then Environment Secretary visited the worst affected areas and was met with angry residents who were demanding that changes should be made to flood defences in the area. What Changes Have Been Made? Despite the Environment Agency insisting that dredging the rivers prior to the flood would not have prevented the flood, farmers and landowners persist to blame the lack of dredging for the devastation. A strategy was put together in the form of the Somerset Levels and Moors Action Plan, which is set to cost £100m and take place over 20 years. The first phase of the plan consisted of dredging the first 5 miles of the River Parrett and River Tone and was completed within 8 months. Work has also been carried on the earth embankments of the village of Thorney, which was under water for two months last winter. The project, which is now complete, is protecting 10 houses and a road into Thorney. In a similar situation, the villagers of Muchelney were also cut off due to the high flood waters. A scheme to raise the main road coming into the village is predicted to be completed in the next week or so. The plan of action included a permanent flood barrier at Westonzoyland which due to unsuitable ground conditions, has come to a halt for a brief period of time. The project was redesigned and things got underway in October 2014; the work is predicted to be finished in the near future. Many other projects are being

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