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Signs To Look Out For When Your Drains Are Damaged

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Damaged drains and how to spot them

Damaged drains can be a major source of worry and disruption and can cost you large amounts of money. There are also possible health risks, with the danger of bacteria building up and being transmitted. That is why it is vital to deal with any issues as soon as you become aware of them. But how does one know when such a problem has arisen? The guide below should help give you some indicators as to when it’s time to bring in the experts for professional drainage services. read more →

How Do Drains Work?

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Blocked drain image by Liz Boynton.

Whether in the street or at home, a blocked drain can be an annoyance. Image by Liz Boynton (via Shutterstock).

Drains are an integral part of any home’s water system. Drains prevent clogging and blocking of the water system by ensuring wastewater leaves the system effectively.

Drains are more than a series of pipes that drain wastewater. Without them, you are at a risk of contracting waterborne bacteria. read more →

How To Prevent Blocked Drains

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Strategies for Preventing Blocked Drains

Blocked drain image by Liz Boynton.

Whether in the street or at home, a blocked drain can be an annoyance. Image by Liz Boynton (via Shutterstock).

The easiest and simplest way to prevent blocked drains is by taking care of what you deposit in the drain channels. Stuff like grease, hair, coffee grounds and soap scum are detrimental to the drains and should be avoided. First, cooking grease and coffee ground deposits should be discarded in the garbage trash and not washed down the sink. Secondly, use a sieve or drain screen to cover the mouth of the drain so as to avoid hair, soap scum, and other materials from getting in. read more →

How Cement Blocked Drains

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How the pouring of builders’ cement into a Peckham sewer saw this part of South London affected by the mother of blocked drains

Blocked drains cement image by Apidach (via Shutterstock).

Culprit: builders’ cement. Image by Apidach (via Shutterstock).

In February this year, a ‘selfish and irresponsible’ fellow didn’t take heed of the Three Ps message (Pee Poo Paper only) of the water companies. Instead of sticking to the Three Ps, the anonymous culprit poured cement into the sewers. With a few grams of builders’ cement, Peckham’s sewers were blocked that month. Hanover Park was affected by the mother of blocked drains.

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In Video: A Selection of Drainage Clips

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Video footage of drainage systems in action

Drainage clips image by MT Manta (via Shutterstock).

Whole Lotta Drainage going on: a sewerage operative. Image by MT Manta (via Shutterstock).

Some of London’s greatest architectural wonders are almost invisible to the human eye. They are as much a London icon as the Underground and Trafalgar Square. It is the city’s Victorian sewers designed by Joseph Bazalgette. The sewers were built to rid the city of cholera epidemics, as the River Thames was used as an open sewer. As a tribute to Bazalgette’s ingenuity, we have a selection of drainage clips for your delight. read more →

Isle of Dogs Pumping Station Listed

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Postmodern pumping station by John Outram granted Grade II* Listed Building status

Isle of Dogs pumping station image by Reading Tom.

John Outram’s postmodern pumping station on Stewart Street, Isle of Dogs. Image by Reading Tom (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

In most cases, function trumps form in terms of pumping station design. Most buildings are utilitarian, nondescript structures, with the exception of late-19th century structures. As for getting Listed Building Status, like rocking horse dump.

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Importance of Drain Care & Maintenance

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Importance of drain care and maintenance.

Importance of drain care and maintenance.

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Six Strange Things Seen in Drains

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A selection of strange things that have been seen in drains

Clear drains image by Urbazon (via Shutterstock).

Clean drains are next to godliness. One with a fatberg or a can of lager is the spawn of Satan. Image by Urbazon (via Shutterstock).

In a previous post, we looked at fatbergs. This was in relation to how they blocked our sewers. We said how it was a big problem in our part of the world. Shortly after our piece, we found out about the unusual things that have been seen in drains. This time, the Northumberland Gazette’s latest article has inspired our post.

Here’s a look at the six strangest things to have been seen in our drains.

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In Pictures: Unusual Manhole Covers

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A selection of unusual and ornate manhole covers from around the world

Unless you fall in one, or work in our industry, manhole covers are something we take for granted. We think of them as serving a purpose, and that many of them look pretty similar. The latter point is further than the truth. Over the last 200 years, there has been numerous designs, especially up to the mid-20th century. Some companies, like John Needham and Son in Stockport, became nationwide players till their foundry closed in 1979.

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Franchise Brands Snap Up Metro Rod

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How Metro Rod, a leading drainage company was purchased for £28 million

Drain Cover Metro Rod post image by J. Taylor, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Image by J. Taylor, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Metro Rod, one of Britain’s leading drainage unblocking companies, has been bought by Franchise Brands plc for £28 million. The deal is partly funded by £20 million discounted equity placing. The remainder is funded by Franchise Brands’ new bank facilities, with up to £17 million available and £1.8 million of working capital.

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