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What Is the Difference Between a Plumber and a Drainage Contractor?

Plumbing and drainage are two essential components of any building’s infrastructure, helping control the flow of water in and out of your property. If any issues arise with either of these systems, they must be sorted out as quickly as possible for the safety and comfort of all occupants. Although many people may view plumbers and drainage contractors as interchangeable, there are clear contrasts between the two professions.

With this in mind, the team at 1st Call Drain Clearance & Technical Services has written this article, explaining the distinct differences so that you know who to call for help when you need it.

What services does a plumber offer?

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A plumber is responsible for maintaining the internal plumbing features inside your property, ensuring that there is constant access to clean water. Furthermore, they are an essential presence during the construction of new buildings, helping to determine optimal locations for all plumbing fixtures.

The daily routine of a plumber varies due to the array of services they offer. Some common duties include:

Leak repairs – Leaks can cause significant damage to your property; a plumber will quickly identify the source of the leak and fix it to prevent costly repairs.

Fixture replacement – Whether it’s a broken pipe, faulty radiator, or malfunctioning tap, a plumber can help you replace and install new fixtures that ensure maximum functionality.

Central heating and boiler maintenance – Regular maintenance of your heating system and boiler ensures that your property stays warm and comfortable all year round, whilst also reducing the likelihood of unexpected damage or problems.

Resolve plumbing emergencies – Most plumbers offer emergency repair services to address urgent issues, such as burst pipes or heating failures.


What services does a drainage contractor offer?

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Drainage contractors specialise in the safe and efficient removal of wastewater from buildings, to protect public health and prevent flooding. They play a crucial role in ensuring that every property complies with public health legislation, and they can address a wide range of drainage problems, including:

Drain cleaning and  clearance – Over time, grease and debris can accumulate in your drains which slows drainage and causes blockages. Regular drain cleaning removes any buildup before it worsens, preventing costly repairs in the future.

Blocked sewers – If a sewer is blocked and can’t drain, this poses a serious public health risk. A drainage company can identify the cause of the blockage to stop bad odours and ensure your system is running smoothly in no time.

Drain surveying – Drainage contractors use cutting-edge technology to inspect and assess the condition of your drainage systems, locating any problems before they worsen. Following this, your drainage company may also recommend proactive measures to help keep your drains in good working order.

Emergency drainage – It’s not just plumbers who offer emergency services; most drainage companies will provide out-of-hours repairs for serious issues that compromise the safety of your property. This can include flooding, sewage backup and blocked drains.

So, do I need a plumber or a drainage company?

The general rule of thumb is that if you encounter problems with any internal plumbing fixtures, a plumber should be your first port of call. By contrast, any difficulties with external features and the water exiting your property fall under the remit of a drainage expert.

However, there are occasions when internal plumbing issues can indicate a more serious drainage concern; if you’re unsure, then it’s always best to contact a professional drainage company for advice.

Here at 1st Call Drain Clearance & Technical Services, we offer a comprehensive range of drainage services to domestic and commercial clients across Brentford and Central London. Our knowledgeable professionals have over 20 years of experience and work around the clock to ensure your drainage systems are always flowing smoothly.

For additional information about any of our services, get in touch with our friendly team.

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