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What to do About Rats in Drains

Hearing scuttling in your walls and ceilings when you’re relaxing at home can be very unnerving, and it’s usually the sign of a rodent infestation. As well as being an unpleasant experience, rodent infestations can indicate a wider issue with your drains, as well as potentially causing further damage down the line. In this article, we’ll look at what you should do if you suspect there are rats in your drain system.   How to tell if rats are in your drains Scratching sounds are a common sign of a rodent infestation, but there are several other indicators that will tip…

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What to do About Tree Roots in Drains

Tree roots growing into your drains, also known as tree root ingress, is a common and potentially costly problem that can befall any property with trees in its grounds. If you catch it early, the problem can be fixed before it worsens, but if you don’t notice root ingress before it’s too late, then it can wreak havoc on your drainage system. In this article, 1st Call Drainage are going to let you know what you can do about tree roots in drains.   What causes tree root ingress? Roots are constantly looking for nutrients, and the moisture from our drains…

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Signs of Collapsed Drains

Drainage issues can be inconvenient at best, and a serious risk to health and safety at worst. While our drains will experience normal wear and tear over time, with small cracks sometimes needing repairs, a collapsed drain is one of the worst things that can happen. It’s crucial that a collapsed drain is rectified as quickly as possible, so we’re going to tell you how to spot a collapsed drain, so you can react quickly.    Poor drainage If you notice that your sink has suddenly stopped draining quickly, that your toilet doesn’t use much water when it flushes or that…

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Different Types of Drains and Sewers

Our drains and sewers are in use all day, every day, all year round, However, unless something’s wrong with them, little thought is paid to the inner workings of our sewage system, despite the crucial role they play in our everyday lives. In this article, we’re going to look at the different types of drains and sewers and how they work.    Different Sewer Materials  Brick Sewers Brick tends to be used for the construction of large sewers. Bricks can be assembled in any shape, which is why they were so popular in the past, but with the onset of different,…

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What Happens to Sewage?

Where does our wastewater go? We take our drainage and our sewage systems for granted – they perform an invaluable service that keeps us from experiencing some incredibly unpleasant and potentially dangerous issues, and in this article we’re going to look at the journey of wastewater and how it’s dealt with.    Drainage When we flush the toilet or drain the sink, the wastewater travels down our drains and into large sewage pipes under the road. Most properties have their own sewer pipe – once our wastewater passes through this pipe, it joins the wider sewage network which transports it to…

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Dangers of Raw Sewage

Aside from being generally unpleasant, raw sewage can pose a significant threat to the lives of humans. In this article, we are going to look at the diseases that can be caused by exposure to raw sewage.   Salmonella Salmonella can survive outside a host, which means it is one of the most dangerous types of bacteria that inhabit raw sewage. Salmonella can cause an array of different and potentially fatal diseases, including gastroenteritis, typhoid and paratyphoid fever.   E. coli Escherichia coli, to give it its full name, is commonly found in sewage. It is associated with food poisoning, but…

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What to Do After Your House Floods?

This article covers all of the information and advice so that you would know what to do after your house floods? 1st Call Drainage has put together the next steps you should take to help get your house cleaned up and back to normal, whilst ensuring yours and everyone else’s safety. So for peace of mind and to get your house back to how it was, read on. When to enter your house after a flood If your electricity has not been shut off at the fuse box, do not re-enter your home. Do not put yourself or anyone else at…

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How to Fix Smelly Drains

Having a smelly drain is not just unpleasant but embarrassing too – that’s why 1st Call Drain Clearance are here to share a few words of advice to help you nip smelly drains in the bud.  If the below methods do not disperse your plug odour situation, get in contact with our professionals and we will be right with you to lend a hand.  Things to Check  Bathroom drains Kitchen drains Backed-up sewers  Home appliances Causes of Smelly Drains  Trapped and decaying food in my drain It’s hard to stop small bits of food from being washed down the kitchen sink…

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Chelsea FC Drainage Services

Management from Stamford Bridge Stadium got in touch with the team at 1st Call Drainage just after a heavy rainstorm hit, explaining that we’re experiencing significant effects to the roof’s drainage, and with the football match imminent – we knew we had to work fast.  They requested us to bring in a team of trained engineers who had plentiful experience working at heights, to take on this large task to clear the blocked roof outlets which were flooding the stands. We attended and carried out the emergency clearance and off the back of this, we were tasked to return with a…

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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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