October 2011 -

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Make sure your drains flow freely

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The private drain that leads away from your home rarely fails or becomes blocked, but when it does a whole host of smelly problems can ensue. Many people ignore drain maintenance, which can be a costly mistake. Everyone who owns a property should have a little knowledge about how to keep their drains in a good state of repair. They should also know some of the prevention methods you can use to stop the drain becoming blocked in the first place. Stopping drain blockages in London Prevention is always better then cure, it’s also much cheaper too. Most drain blockages are caused by people putting incorrect items down the toilet and disposing of fat down the kitchen sink. Fitting waste strainers on all plugholes can help too. Strainers stop hair clogging the pipes under the bath tub and stop food debris accumulating under the kitchen sink. What cause blocked drains in London? Most drain blockages in London are due to an accumulation of grease and fat, but drains can also be blocked by leaves, silt, scale and litter. What can drain maintenance do? If a drain is regularly maintained there will not be sufficient time for debris to build up inside the pipes. This means that waste water will always be able to flow freely and the chances of a future blockage will be minimised.

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Drain jetting and CCTV survey inspections

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

One of the most difficult parts of a drain cleaning expert’s job is finding out what has caused the drain blockage in the first place. Most of the time drain blockages can be removed simply and easily by using drain jetting. In this process a jet of water is directed down the drain at pressures in excess of 2,000psi. The power of the water is usually enough to remove any blockage from the pipe and can usually solve the problem completely. However, if the same problem keeps reoccurring, the drain cleaning experts might need to ‘dig a little deeper’ to investigate the reasons for the clog. If you have a recurring drain blockage, the drain cleaning experts in London will usually perform a CCTV survey on your drains. In this process a camera is inserted into the drainage pipe, which is then fed through the drainage system. The camera relays images back to a laptop or a diagnostic unit which can be interpreted by a qualified drainage professional. The images may suggest that roots are the cause of the reoccurring problem, or perhaps build up of scale. Whatever the diagnosis, the drain cleaning experts in London will be able to offer a suitable remedy at a suitable price.

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Trenchless technology

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Drainage pipes don’t last forever, after time they degrade, or the ground around them moves. They can also be affected by disturbance from nearby works or by disturbance from plant and tree roots. In the past, if a drainage pipe had been diagnosed with a crack or a break there would be no option but to excavate the pipe to remove the damaged section. A new section would then be laid. This was a time consuming process, which not only meant a great deal of disturbance but also created a good deal of mess and disruption. In some situations when access to the broken pipe was limited or even impossible, a complete new section of drain would have to be laid. Things have changed however, and now if a drainage pipe is found to have a crack or a break, you no longer have to rely on excavation to repair the pipe. New trenchless technology allows the pipe to be repaired in situ. Trenchless technology incorporates such pipe repair techniques as inserting a new polyethylene pipe inside the damaged original pipe along the pipe’s length and also inserting an epoxy liner into a pipe at the site of the damage to repair the break. These ‘no-dig’ technologies have revolutionised the way drainage companies now work.

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The drawback of the Sunday roast

Friday, October 21st, 2011

As the nights are drawing in, we are all leaving the salads behind and indulging in some autumnal comfort eating. Everyone loves a roast, but does everyone appreciate the damage to the drains caused by improper disposal of the roast’s fat? There are many potential causes of damage to your drainage system - defective pipework, tree roots, accidental damage, blocked toilets and general bad housekeeping. Another cause of damage is the major drawback of the much loved Sunday roast. Grease and fat being poured down the sink or drain is a major cause of blockages in domestic drains. Over the years, the grease and fat can build up within the domestic drainage system, lining the pipes and in doing so decreasing the internal diameter of the pipe through which the waste is able to flow. Eventually the pipe will block, leading to considerable damage, and much inconvenience. It is possible to minimise the risk of this occurring, primarily by reducing the quantity of grease and fat entering the drains. One of the ways of doing this is allowing any excess fat from cooking to solidify, so that it can be disposed of in the general refuse. This allows you to enjoy your roast, knowing that your drains will not be compromised as a consequence.

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Thames Tunnel consultation second phase

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Thames Tunnel is Thames Water’s most ambitious project yet. The Tunnel, when complete, will make sewage discharges in the River Thames a thing of the past. Currently when as little as 2mm of rain falls on the capital, the Victorian sewers, which carry sewage and rainwater, cannot cope. To stop the system overflowing into the streets, Thames Water currently release this ‘overflow’ into the River Thames. In a standard year there are around 50 overflow events and around 39 million tonnes of sewage is disposed of this way. The new tunnel will be built to take away the sewage from the 34 most polluting sewer outlets and take this to Beckton Sewage Works where it will be treated. The final route the tunnel will take has not yet been decided, but there are three potential routes currently in the running. It is estimated that the cost to build the super sewer will be approximately £3.6bn. The second phase of the tunnel consulattion process has been delayed slightly but is expected to commence at the beginning of November.

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Drain jetting and drain rodding

Monday, October 17th, 2011

In the past drainage companies used drainage rods to push a blockage through the pipe. Although these rods are still used from time to time, they have been superseded by drain jetting equipment. In the drain jetting process, water at a pressure of 3,000PSI is directed into the drain. The force of the water is enough to break up any clogs within the pipe into small components, which can then be flushed through the drainage system. Some tough blockages may need to be rodded to forcibly move the blockage through the sewer network. However, because the water jet produced by drain jetting is at such a high pressure, rodding is becoming more uncommon. In newer types of drain jetting, the jet tube is pushed into the sewer until it reaches the blockage site. This means that when the water supply is turned on, the water jet is only centimetres away from the clog so maximum pressure and hence maximum dispersion can be achieved. Many drain blockages in London can be cleared quite effectively using the water jetting process, however, when jetting alone fails to shift a stubborn clog, the London drainage company may insist on a CCTV survey so the reason for the clog can be found.

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Drain jetting London services

Friday, October 14th, 2011

If you live in London, you’ll be aware of the problems caused by frequent drain blockages. Drain blockages and hence repairs in London are a common occurrence, as the Victorian sewer system struggles to cope with the ever increasing population. Drain blockages in London are a common occurrence and can cause untold problems for the homeowner and the business professional alike. In the worst cases at home, raw sewage may enter the home and can cause significant damage. For the business user the problems are usually related to whether the business is allowed to open on health grounds because of the subsequent sanitation problems. In both the above situations it is a good idea to choose a drain maintenance contract with a London drainage company. London drainage companies offer 24/7 cover in case you have a drain blockage. They can thus be called at any time of the day or night and can solve most problems within a matter of minutes. Most drainage problems in London can be solved using the drain jetting method. In this drain cleaning London process, a jet of water at high pressure is directed down the drain to remove stubborn grease and grime.

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New sewer in Failsworth welcomed by local community

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

A huge sewer project by United Utilities in Failsworth will give a boost to the local environment when it’s complete. Currently during times of heavy rainfall, the river at Hale Lane has to contend with sewer overflows entering the watercourse. But when Untied Utilities finish constructing a new sewer under the river, this will soon become a thing of the past. A local group, The Moston Brook Partnership, have been campaigning to clean up the watercourse, and the £2m investment from United Utilities will now help them on their way to their goal. The project manager on the job, David Baines, states:

"There has been a tremendous amount of activity by the Partnership to improve this stretch of Moston Brook, and now we're delivering our part of the jigsaw. "Every sewer system has overflow points which act like safety valves to help prevent roads and footpaths from flooding when sewers fill up during heavy rain. "Here at Hale Lane there is an old overflow point which we have just sealed off completely by linking the sewer systems on each side of the river with the new tunnel. It will bring massive benefits to wildlife in the river and improve the environment for local people."
The Moston Brook Environmental Events team have been brightening up the hoardings around the site with artwork which represents the work done by the community to improve the site.

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Drain maintenance for businesses

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Drain blockages prove a nuisance for the general homeowner, but the majority of these blockages can be solved quickly and easily. However, for the commercial or business establishment, a drainage problem can have far reaching consequences. Companies need to keep running around the clock and for this reason a drain blockage simply isn’t an option. In the worst cases of drain blockage, where the drain overflows, employees may have to be sent home for health reasons until the problem is remedied. This can hit the company where it hurts – their profit margins. Companies that want to make sure their drains run freely 24/7 usually opt for some sort of drain maintenance programme. As part of the maintenance programme a team of drainage engineers will usually visit the site and assess the condition of the drains. They will advise on whether any cleaning or repairs need to be made. They will also provide a useful 27/7 callout out service, so you know that if you have a drainage problem, help is only a phone call away. Drain maintenance is especially important in large cities like London, where the urban sprawl leads to overuse of the sewer network.

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Common drain blockage problems

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Blocked drains are a common part of owning your own home. At some point in any homeowner’s life they will have to contend with some sort of drain blockage. Common things which block a drain include grease and fat, hair, silt and leaves. This debris stops the flow of water down the drain and causes the blockage. The most common places for drain blockages in the home are: The kitchen sink The small drainage pipe underneath the kitchen sink is perhaps the most likely place for a drain blockage in the home. Food debris and congealed fat gets stuck in the pipe just beneath the sink and slows the flow of water. Blockages here can normally be removed by using a plunger or a drain cleaning snake. The bath tub Blockages can occur under the bath tub in the small pipe that leads away to the main drain. These blockages are normally caused by hair build up and soap scum and are easily removed by using a drain unblocking solution which is available from your local supermarket or hardware store. For blockages which can’t be removed or blockages which are more serious, it’s always advisable to phone drain unblocking experts who’ll be happy to assist.

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