London and the South East of England are some of the areas most affected by hard water in the UK. But the reality is around 60% of the UK is classed as having hard or very hard water. Its effects on your household fixtures and fittings are obvious and visible. But the effect of hard water on industrial and commercial properties can be wide-ranging and devastating. Read on to find out how hard water affects a wide variety of industries and what can be done about it. Read More
It’s the classic conundrum. Do you get a cesspit installed for your property, or a septic tank? Although both cesspits and septic tanks collect wastewater and sewage from households and businesses that are not connected to the mains sewer, there are significant differences between the two.
We’ve put together some information about how they work and which one might be best for you. If you’ve already got one, we’ve also got some tips on how best to use and maintain your septic tank or cesspit to ensure it runs smoothly.
Drainage issues can cause a lot of disruption throughout any property.
It can be tough to figure out what the problem might be – or if there is a problem in the first place. But ignoring the signs of a blocked or damaged drain for too long can end up being very costly to fix. Not just financially, but in the time it’ll take to fix the problems.
At Drain 247, we’ve highlighted some key things to look out for if you think you might have a problem with your drainage. Keep an eye, an ear and nose out for these symptoms. If you do experience any, don’t hesitate to take action.
You experience a range of emotions when buying a new home. Usually these range from happiness to extreme tiredness. Not to mention the feeling of freedom that you finally have a space to call your own.
With time, the euphoria of buying a new house or the thought of the freedom that comes with it will fade away. The emotion that may remain is the tiredness. Especially when you have so many physical inspections to do before you can finally arrive at a choice.
An often forgotten consideration when looking at new houses is the state of the drainage system. You don’t want any nasty surprises when you’re moving into a new home. Whether it’s tree root ingress, backed up sewage or collapsed pipes, undiagnosed problems with your drainage system will quickly rear their head when you move into your new place.
So what can you do to avoid this? A pre-purchase drain survey, also known as a home buyers drain survey, is a sure fire way to avoid any nasty drainage surprises. Read on to find out more about how this can save you time, money and headaches in the long term.
The problem with drains is that you can’t see them. Stuck underground, you hope that they’re OK – and very often, the first sign that there’s a drainage problem is that you notice a nasty niff – or that your water isn’t draining at all. Or both.
Every year we are called out to thousands of properties across London, Hertfordshire and Middlesex to help solve people’s drainage issues. When it comes to drainage problems, we’ve seen it all. So we decided to compile a list of the top five most common drainage troubles faced by the property owners of the UK, and how you can solve them.
Rats and other such vermin are common pests that are considered to be a nuisance and are capable of damaging many properties as well as transmitting various diseases to pets and humans. Their chewing habits are destructive, and their dirty behaviour can endanger the structure of your buildings. However, rats are secretive; they are not visible to humans when populations are low in their environment. Therefore, it can be difficult to confirm an infestation.
Outside drains and gullies serve an important function within a property. They are responsible for the disposal of waste and other sewerage from the property to a main sewer. But the maintenance of these are often neglected by home owners. The repercussions of this neglect usually show themselves in the form of a blockage or foul smells permeating the area.
There are various reasons why a kitchen sink may get blocked but the main reason is the carelessness people have when it comes to throwing stuff down the sink, from leftover food to oil and grease; thinking some soap and hot water will help ease them down the pipes. Over time, these congeal and start to restrict the flow of the pipe; it will start with the sink not draining as fast as it used to, until gradually it doesn’t drain at all.
Drains are necessary to all residential and commercial properties; each property has pipework running through or around its boundary. These pipe work carry raw sewerage or surface water which discharge to dedicated points, some drainage systems in properties are shared, and vast numbers of properties run into the drainage network; these types of pipework require regular maintenance and inspection to ensure the pipes are free flowing. The sewerage system; is often overlooked by property owners both old and new but it still requires regular maintenance to prevent the drainage and sewer pipes from deteriorating. Read More
For most residential and commercial property owners, water can be their worst nightmare because it has many ways it can destroy the property; from an initial small water leak to a burst mains pipe to a major outbreak in mold due to damp; water can cause major damages to one’s homes; apartment, flat or business premises. Water isn’t limited to inside the property, it can cause numerous amounts of issues for the properties outside as much as it does inside. It is generally advised to focus on any seepage issues one may have.