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London Drainage Facilities lands its biggest contract to date with Mears Group

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

London Drainage Facilities (LDF) have been appointed by Mears Group to deliver its wide range of drainage services, on behalf of their extensive portfolio of residential properties spread across London and the entire South-East of England. LONDON, ENGLAND, AUGUST 2013 The contract, reviewed annually, will see the company provide services including Emergency Reactive Callouts, CCTV Surveys and Excavation Works to over 2,000 multiple residential sites across London and the South-East. Harry Geary, Business Development Manager at LDF said: "We are delighted to have been appointed to work on this prestigious project. As parts of our business join forces to offer an integrated approach, it gives us a distinct opportunity to demonstrate the breadth of our capability and the value of our automated bespoke job management system. This unique PDA communication tool, the first of its kind to enter the drainage industry, keeps customers informed of each stage of their drainage job from initial call to job completion. The system provides real time job progress information for both customers and LDF, complete with photographic evidence." Danny Fuller, the company's Managing Director adds: "This win further positions us as a leading player in the drainage sector within the South-East of England. We have a proven track record of delivering drainage work for high-profile customers including Willmott Dixon and Rydon Maintenance, which I am sure helped to highlight us as the best candidate for the job." Mears Group employs almost 16,000 people in every region of the UK and is responsible for the maintenance, repair and upgrade to the homes of hundreds of thousands of people in communities from remote rural villages to large inner-cities.

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Clearing Blocked Gullies

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Blocked drains and gullies can be an absolute nightmare, causing damage to your home and potential flooding if not dealt with quickly and efficiently. Luckily, blocked gullies can be fairly straightforward to fix yourself if you know how.   The Problem Locating the spot at which the gulley is blocked is the first step is the first step to fixing the problem. This is a really important step as it will determine how you deal with the situation and save you time and energy in trying different methods. If the blockage is occurring right at the point at which the water enters the gulley, it should be fairly easy for you to remove any leaves, twigs and debris that are obviously causing a problem. If there is a grid protecting your gulley, you may also want to remove it and give it a clean, removing any build up of grease and gunk that may have accumulated. If the gulley is blocked further down, you'll have to try a slightly more sophisticated solution.   The Solution 

Blocked gullies

Use a drain rod If you can't immediately see the problem, it's best to try and use a drain rod to feel for any obvious blockages. This may also loosen any debris that has collected in the gulley and free it up a little, helping with the drain unblocking. It's best to apply a little pressure, but not to be overly forceful, as you don't want to cause any permanent damage.   Plunger  If a drain rod doesn't do the job, your next step is to use a plunger to try and free up the drainage space, If you don't have a suitable plunger, you can create a makeshift device by wrapping old rags around the head of  a mop and securing them tightly.

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Giant fatbergs should be the least of your worries

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Thames Water recently reported finding the biggest fatberg in the country scaling the size of a red London double-decker bus within drains in Kingston, Surrey. However, London Drainage Facilities (LDF) says it's not these huge fatbergs that should be concerning home and business owners; its the smaller fatbergs forming in drainage networks underneath their properties. LONDON, ENGLAND, AUGUST 2013 It's estimated that Britons pour 15 million cups of fat down the kitchen sink on Christmas Day alone, with millions of cups more throughout the year. All this will transform into a hard soapy material that will block drains and sewers, which has led to fatbergs becoming a common phenomenon throughout the country. Increasingly, drainage engineers have to deal with an upsurge in sewer blockages, many caused by grease, fat, or oil solidifying in pipes. Thames Water estimates that 7,000 of the 80,000 yearly blockages are as a result of grease fat and oil blockages. It's calculated that the cost of removing fat, oil and grease from sewer pipes adds up to £50m a year to household bills. It gets worse if you are in the restaurant trade, as a messy closure of an establishment due to blocked sinks and toilets affects both income and reputation. Danny Fuller, Managing Director of LDF, said: "Fatbergs are the new 'Titanic' for householders and businesses that can sink daily business operations or cause sewage to flood homes. We advise all domestic households to pour their fat and oil into a container, and leave it to cool and solidify. Once solidified, they should scrape it out into a sealed bag and put it in the bin. And of course, they should avoid putting other items down the drains that could end up being glued into an ever expanding mass that eventually will block the flow. Restaurant and business owners should build in a regular

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Sewers and drains explained – What am I responsible for?

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

There are an awful lot of pipes, drains and sewers hidden away from view inside homes and under the ground - so it's worth bearing in mind that responsibility for their upkeep is in the hands of different organisations and people - including you!   What you're responsible for? The pipes, gutters and drains in and around your home, including the drain from your property up to your boundary. If you have a problem with these, you'll need to call a drainage company - but check your insurance first as you may be covered.   What United Utilities is responsible for? The big public sewers that take sewage and rainwater run-off to waste water treatment works; the pipes from your property's boundary that lead into the public sewer; and many of the shared drains where several property's drain meet together before they join the public sewer. If you suspect that one of these is blocked, please contact United Utilities.   What your local authority is responsible for? Road gullies; these are small grate-covered openings at the edge of the roads, and are used to drain surface water from the highway. If you're worried about blockages or smells from these, please call your Council. Sewers and drains explained  

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