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12 Things You Should Never Put down the Drain

When our plumbing is working like it should, we often don’t pay it a second thought. In not paying it much attention, we might grow complacent and allow things to go down our drains that we really shouldn’t. Worse still, if problems don’t occur, we might grow confident that we can stick other things down our drains, too. However, there are many things you should never put down your drains, and here we’ll be listing some of the worst. Grease: Any type of grease is bad for your drains. Melted fat from bacon or other meats and even gravy can massively…

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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  As they do every year, the winter months have brought with them freezing temperatures that strain our heating and plumbing systems. Sometimes the frost can bite especially hard, with some homes even falling prey to frozen pipes. However, you aren’t helpless in the fight against the cold this winter – there are some steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing which we’ll outline here. 1. Preparation Is Key Well in advance of the coldest and harshest of the winter weather hitting, you should take some time out to locate certain areas of interest within your home or…

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Why does my sink water smell?

The UK has a whole host of water treatment plants, with every region of the country getting its water from a different place. While this can often lead to differences in the water getting pumped into our homes, there are plenty of reasons why your sink water might smell. This month we’re going to take a look at some of the common causes of water smelling or tasting odd. My water smells of chlorine In order to ensure your drinking water is safe, chlorine is added to it during the final stage of treatment. This is absolutely normal, with many people…

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We Have Moved!

  From February 2016, 1st Call Drain Clearance took up residence at a new headquarters in Mayfair, London and are operating from two more locations; another Central London location and High Wycombe. We have decided to operate from two Central London addresses so we can provide a quicker and smoother service to our local customers. Please send all correspondence to our head office, which is now located at: 1st Call Drain Clearance Level 1 Devonshire House One Mayfair Place London W1J 8AJ Our second office, which is near Liverpool Street Station is located at: Level 1, 17 Dashwood House 69 Old…

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How To Avoid Your Drains Getting Blocked by Autumn Leaves

Autumn is upon us and with it comes the array of reds, yellows, oranges and browns of the falling leaves. It’s picturesque, postcard stuff as the leaves tumble to the ground and colour the landscape. There is however, one potentially detrimental impact these leaves can have on your life – namely the blocking of your drains. Your drains are vital to your home or business because they carry waste water away from you home. Even a single blockage could cause unwanted issues, but a seriously blocked system could force water back out, flooding the surrounding area (a danger in and of…

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What’s In Our Water?

Water is one of the purest things you can think of. It makes up such a large percentage of our body and we need it so desperately that we can barely go a day without it. But what you might not realise is that it isn’t simply H2O – there are many other things you might find in your water. Some of these things occur naturally depending on where your water is sourced from, and some are added  for health reasons. Very rarely are there any harmful elements added to our water, so let’s take a look at the most common…

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The Most Common Toilet Faults

The humble toilet is the quiet hero of the home, offering a way to quickly, cleanly and discreetly dispose of human waste – without them we’d have some serious issues. Despite being such a vital part of the home the toilet is not indestructible. There are plenty of perplexing ways in which your toilet can develop a fault, leaving you in something of a bind. While most situations will warrant a visit from a trusted, qualified technician, it’s always helpful to know what is going wrong in your toilet when a fault develops. Take a look at some of the most…

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10 Things You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Drain

Our drains and sewer systems are mostly out of sight and usually out of mind. We view them as a convenient place to pour the things we don’t want but they are not the indestructible waste chutes we think them to be. There are some items which will damage your drainage system, either blocking it, breaking it or simply making it less efficient at what it should do. In this article we’re going to list the things you definitely shouldn’t be putting down your kitchen sink or flushing away in your toilet. #1 Nappies Like so many of the items you’ll…

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What Happens To The Water That Goes Down My Drains?

Many people won’t give a second thought about where the water goes when it’s flushed down the drains. It’s simply not something we ever learn about or get taught explicitly, but it can be interesting to learn where it goes, how it makes it back into rivers and how you can help the process too.   There are many stages involved in getting wastewater back into a usable, clean state, and you might be surprised at just how much effort is involved in transforming what you put down your drains. Flushed Away At the very beginning of the process, the water…

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Why Drain Clearing is Essential in a ‘Hard’ Water Area

If you live in an area with ‘hard’ water, the chances are you’ll already be aware of the signs. Whether you’ve noticed a white residue on the inside of your kettle, clothes that feel stiff or scratchy after washing or an unpleasant, sticky feeling on your skin after showering, hard water leaves visible evidence which can affect aspects of your daily life. However, what you are unable to see is the build-up of deposits inside your water pipes, drains and appliances which could, if left untreated, cause problems which will be costly to remedy in the future. What is ‘hard’ water?…

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