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How Much Does It Cost to Unblock a Drain In London?

If your property is suffering from blocked drains, it can be an unpleasant experience. As well as causing damage to your bathroom, kitchen and plumbing, a blocked drain can also spell disaster for the health of those in the property – particularly if sewage is backing up into your home.  A blocked drain is a hazard, and so it’s important that you get it fixed as soon as possible.  If you’re based in London and require drain unblocking, you may want to know how much it will cost. In this article, the team at 1st Call Drain Clearance & Technical Services…

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The Importance of Commercial Drainage Services

As the UK tentatively begins its journey out of lockdown, many businesses are starting to head back into their offices.  Undoubtedly people will be excited to get back to normality, but there’s also plenty to think about before heading back into the office environment.  Not only should you be ensuring your office is COVID-compliant and meets all the relevant safety regulations, but you should also be thinking about your various office amenities.   One that may get overlooked is your property’s drainage. After spending so many months working from home, your office’s drainage may need some attention and in this article, we’ll…

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3 Reasons Why You Need a CCTV Drain Survey When Buying a Home

When it comes to buying a new home, there is plenty to think about. As well as applying for a mortgage, reviewing your finances and, of course, spending most of your spare time viewing property after property, you should also consider a CCTV drain survey. Just like you need to be aware of any structural or construction issues when purchasing a new home, it’s also important to know if the property’s drains are going to pose problems in the future. CCTV drain surveys can give you an in-depth look into a property’s drains giving you a thorough review of the status…

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What Are the Health Risks of Blocked Drains?

Blocked drains can cause a whole host of problems for homeowners including slow water, flooding and even a backup of sewage. There are all sorts of reasons why a drain may become clogged, with the most common being a build-up of food, hair or limescale in the pipes. Whatever the reason for your blocked drains, it is important to address the issue as soon as possible – if you don’t then you run the risk of suffering from a variety of health conditions.  Here at 1st Call Drain Clearance & Technical Services, we’ve put together a guide outlining all the health…

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Is Drain Jetting the Right Solution for Me?

If your drains have become blocked, then it is important to address the issue or you run the risk of more damage being caused.  There are various methods you can use to clear your drains, including drain jetting – a service we offer here at 1st Call Drain Clearance.  As experts in all types of drainage issues, we know how to resolve them and offer our drain jetting services across London. If you’re unsure of what drain jetting involves, or whether it’s the right solution for you, then we’ve put together a handy guide to keep you informed.     What is…

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What To Do With Drainage Issues During Lockdown

Drainage issues can occur at any time, and there’s no convenient time for your drains to start leaking, your water pressure to drop or your taps to stop working. During a pandemic, though, the inconvenience becomes more severe, and you’re likely to wonder whether or not you’ll be able to find a drainage company to help. In this article, 1st Call Drain Clearance will explain what to do if you encounter drainage problems in lockdown.  Are drainage companies still operating during the COVID-19 pandemic? Drainage companies are classed as essential services and are therefore still operating throughout the pandemic and lockdown….

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Stop Your Drains Getting Blocked in Winter

The bitterly cold winter months are upon us, and as well as turning up the thermostat, we’re going to need to take extra care to make sure that our drains don’t fall victim to blockages. Blocked drains are an inconvenience at best and a serious problem at worst, and in winter drainage problems can hit a little harder. As we need hot water to keep us warm in the cold months, 1st Call Drain Clearance have created a rundown of the top five most common drain blockages, and how you can prevent them. Hair Hair falls from our heads every day…

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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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