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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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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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Leave us a Review!

1st Call Drain Clearance have just created an account with Reviews.co.uk – this means that if you’ve used our services in the past, you can let us know how we did. Whether we solved a simple drain blockage for you, or had to fully excavate or re-line your drains, then we’d love to hear your feedback. Likewise, if you have an ongoing maintenance service contract with us then it would be great to find out how satisfied you are with our service. It’s really quick and easy, so why not leave us a review right now? Just click the big ‘Write A…

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FAQs: Should I Replace or Reline My Drains?

When there is any kind of problem with your pipes, either a leak or a collapse further within, you need professional drainage services. However, it can often be difficult to know what kind of service you need and which will benefit you the most. When there is any kind of problem with your pipes, either a leak or a collapse further within, you need professional drainage services. However, it can often be difficult to know what kind of service you need and which will benefit you the most. Two common ways of fixing more challenging damage inside your pipes underground is…

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