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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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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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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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When Is Drain Excavation Necessary?

The short answer to that question is – when you have absolutely no other option! Drain excavation is a complex task, needs careful safety monitoring and can be costly, so it should be used only as a last resort and only if the drainage problem is so severe that other methods are not feasible or have failed. What is drainage excavation and why would you need it? Drain excavation involves physically digging a hole or trench to the drainage in need of attention, with the possibility of damaging whatever is above the problem area. Sometimes a drainage problem is so severe…

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