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Climate change affecting drainage systems

Climate change is predicted to affect our planet in countless ways, many of which we can’t yet fully grasp. Melting ice caps and rising sea levels have been well-publicised, as has the possibility for wetter winters and drier summers. The prospect of these climate change effects alone are enough to conjure images of disaster movies, but their knock-on consequences are very real and far-reaching. The cumulative effect of booming populations and climate change can hit big cities particularly hard. In this month’s article, we’ll be considering the potential effects on London’s infrastructure and drainage. Rising sea levels A recent US government…

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The Future of London

More people than ever before are living in cities, and this trend is only set to continue. In fact, by 2050, it is predicted that 66% of the global population will be living in urban areas. London is no exception to this trend, with the population of the capital only going up. To cope with the increasing demand that more people bring, and to ensure the cities of the future meet the needs of their inhabitants, creative ‘smart city’ concepts and technology are being developed all the time. Let’s take a look at some of the top ideas that have already…

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Fatbergs in drainage systems

Fatbergs often cause a strong reaction in people – the morbid fascination with such a monumental, man-made monster is widespread. A chunk of a particularly humongous one even found its way into the Museum of London recently, demonstrating they are both a marvel to the public and a significant marker of the consequences of modern living in London. So, to feed your curiosity, let’s take a closer look at the fatberg phenomenon. What is a fatberg? A fatberg is a congealed mass of non-biodegradable items – such as wet wipes, condoms, sanitary pads and nappies – along with grease, oils and…

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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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