Happy New Year From Drain Clear UK – Your Blocked Drain Specialists

From everyone at Drain Clear UK – your blocked drain specialist, we wish you a happy New Year. The question is though – what will be your 2013 New Year’s resolution? Losing weight? Stopping Smoking? Seeing your family more? More Holidays? The list is endless really – but there are some issues that could be right underneath your nose that should be a part of your new year’s resolution – for example – not abusing your drainage system!

Because your drains are underneath the ground – and you can’t see how dirty they get – you tend not to ever clean them. You wouldn’t leave your carpet a mess if there were crumbs everywhere, or leave your bed un-made after you have slept in it, or even let your grass grow like a jungle – this because you can see the mess. If you leave any of the above to get more and more worse – they may cause you a problem – and it is exactly the same with your drainage pipes. Over time build-ups of all sorts of things that you put down your drain pipes form, but the real problem lies in the fact that you can always hoover your carpet yourself, cut your grass yourself (albeit a monster job) but what you can rarely do – is unblock your own drain if you have left it long enough.

Let’s consider this scenario. Over the festive period – you have had more people in your property than you would usually have and you have done more cooking than you usually would. This means more bath’s/shower’s, more toilets being flushed and more waste food and cooking oil/fat disposed of down the kitchen sink – putting an excessive amount of stress on your drain pipes. This means much more toilet paper, and unfortunately baby wipes in some occasions down the toilet, getting stuck in your pipes, more oil getting stuck in the drain pipes after being put down the sink – causing a sticky and leaner drain pipe than it would usually be. Maybe you can see now how over just a small amount of time – a build-up and blocked drain could be inevitable.

Fear not – you can do your best to flush your drains out by simply leaving your hot tap running for 10/15 minutes – something which can break down anything which is blocked in your drain.

Make ‘A clean drainage system’ one of your New Year’s Resolutions now! Or we may be meeting you sooner than you would have liked to…

Happy New Year

Drain Clear UK

Blocked Drains 2014 Offers

We hope you had a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing festive period – but unfortunately – now it is almost over. Yes – we have new year on it’s way, but most of you will agree that this is the most OVER rated night of the year – meaning the majority of people will be spending their new years at home with family or friends.

Whatever your plans – you will know if you have a problem with your drains or not – and even through you may think that it may – it usually won’t go away.

Blocked toilets, sinks or drains start off with a slower moving water flow, which is ignored by most people. When this is the case, if you continue to treat your drains as you have to get you to the stage that you are at, then there is a very low chance that the blocked pipe will pass. There is a higher likelihood that the problem will simply get more and more serious.

There are the old traditional techniques to try and identify and clear the problem, but 9 times out of 10 you are normally better off calling in one of the experts. Because of the flooding over the festive period, Drain Clear UK have been called out to many areas over essex such as Romford, Dagenham, Ilford, and Chelmsford – to help clear drains which have been blocked by the water dragging obstacles down the drain which are not designed to disperse down there.

This means that getting hold of us to clear your drain may be more difficult than normal, so waste no time and give us a call via our website to give yourself the best chance of uf being able to reach you in good time.

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Have Very Merry Christmas From Your Blocked Drain Experts

Drain Clear UK would like to wish everyone a very merry christmas, and give some valuable advice as to how you can avoid having a blocked drain in this festive period.

Firstly, do NOT put anything down the drains that shouldn’t go down there, for example, any cooking oil/fat, as this can solidify in your drain and lead to a build up.

Ensure that excessive toilet paper is not used when using the toilet, or even worse, avoid using baby wipes which you may put down the toilet, as they are not designed to disperse down your toilet and can get stuck there & cause a blocked drain.

Keep children away from toilets, the last thing you need is their new christmas present to find its way down the toilet.

Ensure that if family/friends are using the bath, then they pick any hair that has malted – out of the plug hole, because hair is a well known causer of blocked drains.

Why don’t you give your drains a flush out before all of the festivities start? Buy some drain cleaner and follow the instructions – or if you don’t have the time to get to the shops, simply run your hot tap for 10/15 minutes at a time, followed by vinegar and baking soda, followed by more water, this will help you to break down any blockages which have started in the drain.

If however you do find yourself with a blocked drain, then give us a call on 0800 980 7282 and we will be with you within the hour, no matter what day it is.

Our coverage over the bank holiday period will be

blocked drains basildon

blocked drains southend on sea

blocked drains grays

blocked drains chelmsford

blocked drains colchester

For any more information visit the website at http://www.drainclearuk.co.uk

Top 3 Causes Of Blocked Drains

It can be as simple and easy as you like to keep your drains clear, but understanding the top 5 reasons why drains become blocked could help you much further than simple drains maintenance via drain cleaner etc.

1. Baby’s Items

This includes baby wipes put down the toilet, nappies, and even toys which kids dump in toilets and flush without you knowing. Baby wipes are no designed to disperse in water like toilet paper is, so unless it finds its way cleanly through your drains, it could snag on obstacles on the inside of your drain pipes, causing a build up and leading to a blockage. Nappies also are not designed to be put down toilets, and knowing how nappies work, e.g. Holding water and increasing in size when it holds more and more water, this should give you an indication as to what will happen when completely submerged in water – it expands to its maximum size possible, far too big to fit down your lean drain pipes in most cases.

2. Fat/Grease

Disposing of used cooking fat/grease down your kitchen sink seems like the most simple and easy thing to do – however – the next you have finished cooking, put the oil/fat into a jug of cold water and see what happens to its consistency. The runny consistency turns into a gloopy slow moving and sticky form. This is usually what happens when you put it down your kitchen sink, even if you flush it down with hot water, because the water will only cool down quickly… The sticky substance sticks to the inside line of the pipes, creating a feeding ground for more articles/items to be caught, even toilet paper.

3. Toilet Paper

Toilet paper is designed to be put down the drain, however, not in excessive amounts. Toilet paper can stick together, and quite easily snag on anything causing an obstruction in your drain pipe. Be careful as to how much paper you use, if in the worst case scenario – flush in 2 stages to ensure the worst doesn’t happen

If you steer clear of any of the above finding it’s way down your drain, then you will be sure to keep your drains free flowing with water. If you would like to read more information such as this, you can do by visiting our website by clicking here, or by visiting our blocked drains page, which goes in to more depth about the causes of blocked drains which may be out of your control.

problematic drains

As the population of our country has increased the density of our villages, towns and cities, builders are finding it very hard to address several problems that arise during the construction works of drainage. One such is implementing a very effective drainage system that can deal with heavy rain and weather conditions as well as deposits people unknowingly let go down the sink.

Drainage systems are very important cause of concerns for house owners and businesses today. Many drains are years old and it is becoming apparent that they are blocked and need repairing or maintaining. Your drain can be blocked due to a wide range of reasons including build up of waste, ground movement, leakage, subsidence, tree root infiltration and corrosion. These blocked drains can easily drain your pockets on maintenance charges if not seen to soon enough. Even though the drainage system is implemented with great care and precision, problems can arise, and it is best to rectify the problem as soon as possible to prevent full replacement.

As Drains are installed under the ground, if your blocked drain is left too long you may be forced to access the blocked drain by digging It up, which can cause a lot of hassle for you and your neighbors. Often, blocked drains are very smelly and unhygienic. There can be variety of reasons for your drains to get blocked. It can range from your child’s toy to roots of big trees. Whatever the reason is, you need to identify and rectify as early as possible. Or else a small problem can cause you severe financial losses.

Blocked drains are often the results of the grease, oil and other things that go down the drain and build up. As some hot liquids go out there are chances for it sediment inside the pipe when it cools down. These deposits and waste materials can settle on some roots that grow into the pipeline and can get attached to the inside of the pipes. In the due course of time, if this is not cleaned up as and when required, there are chances for your drain to get blocked. Blocked drains can damage your plumbing. The blockage can build up and enter into your plumbing system, making it more costly for you, but also an inconvenience due to the amount of plumbing work needed in your house or business.

There are several ways to get rid of your blocked drains. Contacting a professional drainage company can be a good solution. They use most modern methods of detecting damages and leakages such as CCTV surveys, High pressure water jetting and Core lining.

Core lining is a method that is popular among drainage companies. This method proves to be permanent solution for drainage blockages. The pipes can be repaired with much less disruption and at very low costs. Core lining of pipes prevents root infiltration. It also eliminates the chances of the drainage water moving into the soil.

Busy Times Unblocking Drains For On The Lead Up To The Holiday Season

As leaves fall in and around drains, there is a high chance that they can cause a blockage. If you notice a buildup of leaves around any of the drains in and around your house, do your best ot ensure they are kept clean and clear to stop them from becoming blocked, because if they are linked to your house, not only could it cause a backup of water in the pipes in your property, but you could also be liable to the unblocking of the drain.

More recently Drain Clear have been called out to Wickford, Southend and Rayleigh to undergo works on domestic properties, all blocked drains caused by the owners mistreatment of the drains. However, all 3 customer’s had their drains unblocked in under 60 minutes of us arriving on the site, the customer paid a fixed fee for their unblock, and have had a guarantee left behind in case the drain blocks again in the near future – Happy Christmas.

Blocked drains can come at the worst of times, so don’t leave your toilet or sink if they are slow flowing over the Christmas period, give Drain Clear UK a call and we will come and unblock the drain as we have done for our 3 clients in the areas above.

Contact us via our website at http://www.drainclearuk.co.uk

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What Equipment Is Used To Unblock Stubborn Drains

The equipment used to unblock a drain varies dependant on what is causing the blockage, and also how stubborn the blockage is. Some of the most commonly known equipment are as following:

A cable machine – These machines are very useful when you come across a tree root in a drain, the machine can simply cut through the root to help remove it.

A high pressure drain jetting machine can be used, these are fantastic for clearing/blasing away almost anything from your drain, things such as grease/fat, dirt and also tree roots. The main benefit of the water jetting machine, is it’s size, and ability to access drains which are difficult to get to by hand, the head can be fed meters through pipes to locate and clear the blockage. This is a problem in itself however, because yes, you will know the blockage in the drainw ill have been cleared, due to the flow of water through the drain, but you cannot physically see to what extent the drain has been unblocked until it has been view by a CCTV Drain Camera. CCTV Drain Surveys are vital in identifying blockages in a drain, and also helping to see that there are no remenants of the above named articles left in the drain which could soon cause a blockage, again.

If the CCTV Drain Survey shows that there is infact a tree root which is causing the blockage, then there is a high chance that the drain could become blocked by the tree root again, very soon. There are, however, products on the market that you can put down your drain to stop this from happening. Some of the products on the market contain chemicals which can actually kill the end of the tree root to stop it from returning. Please view out most recent blog on ‘The Safe Usage Of Chemical Drain Cleaners’ to keep you safe when using these drain cleaners. The good news, is that the chemical used to kill the tree root is totally harmless to humans.

In some cases, drains can become blocked because they are damaged, and in this case they would need to be repaired in order for the blockage to be cleared.Drains can become malformed or broken due to many issues, and if this is the case then the drain can either be totally replaced, which may require excavation of the area, or we can insert a new inner lining to the drain to help retain its previous form.

Drain Relining is not a temporary repair, the technique usually referred to as ‘No Dig’ is a permanent and very effective way of repairing a drain. ‘No Dig’ speaks for itself, meaning the drain can be repaired remotely from the nearest access point, WITHOUT the need to dig the area, be it a garden or a road, saving time and money.

There are always drain pipes which cannot be repaired, as they simply may not be repairable, for example an old clay drain pipe which is severely damaged perhaps from a large vehicle driving over the land above it and causing serious damange. In this case excavation would be required and a new, more likely a PVC drain would be installed.

PVC drains last longer, and are less inclined to crack or break through weathering, thus being much more reliable.

Drain clear uk have been unblocking & repairing blocked drains for over 30 years, so please feel free to contact us below dependant upon your area, and we will be more than happy to help.