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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes this Winter

Frozen Pipes

In the Winter months frozen water pipes can be a problem which can lead to major damage to your property, they can crack and then hundreds of gallons of water can flood into your house, leading to structural damage and mould growth.
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Blocked Drains In Brighton – The Rise OF The Fatbergs

brighton beach seafrontBlocked drains in Brighton are extremely common, and here is one of the big reasons why – we continue to flush horrible, nasty products down our toilets and sinks.

The city of Brighton is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK, offering a relaxed bohemian atmosphere, excellent bars and nightclubs, music venues, theaters and a beautiful beachfront, promenade and pier. All together, this makes Brighton a very popular place with both visitors from around the UK and foreign tourists, and being just an hour away from London, it makes for a nice weekend break for workers in the capital.
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Pitch Fibre Pipe Problems and Repair

Pitch Fibre PipesWhat is pitch fibre pipe and why does it collapse?

Commonly used to construct pipes in the 1950s-1970s, pitch fibre was considered to be a lighter and more cost-effective alternative to clay. When vast amounts of building work was being undertaken in the mid-20th century, pitch fibre pipes could be manufactured cheaply and installed easily, which meant they were an idea drainage option for residential and commercial buildings.
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Top Signs of Having Tree Roots in Your Drains

It’s not the most uncommon thing in the world to have tree roots growing inside of your drains – but if you do have them, the last thing you want is for them to stay there. 

Tree roots thrive on oxygen, and don’t grow in pipes that are full of water. They love warm, moist, and nutrient rich environments. The sewer damage from having this happen can be both huge and expensive.
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Should I Try To Unblock My Outside Drain Myself

When your outside drains are blocked, it can cause all sorts of problems around your home. Naturally, you’re probably adding up the costs of calling in a professional drain unblocking service right away. But, it might be possible to unblock your drains without needing to call in the big guns.

So, we’ve compiled some advice on how you should clean out drains yourself, and when it might be time to hire a professional:
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What Causes A Smelly Drain & How To Prevent It

smelly-drainsSmelly drains are never a nice thing to experience in your home, but understanding what causes them and how to prevent them can be a blessing. So in this article, we’re going to give you some practical tips on how to prevent a smelly drain and also give you a number of common causes so you understand why it happens in the first place.
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Which Drains Are Your Responsibility & Which Drains Are Not

It’s important to know who is responsible for the drains on your property. You need to be aware of this to make sure you contact the right person if you have any issues. Otherwise, you can end up with a clogged or blocked drain with no fix in sight.
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Homebuyers – Why You Should Consider A CCTV Drain Survey

Buyer SurveyWhen buying a home, the only way you’re going to get a good deal is if you know exactly what you’re buying.
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Drain Jetting – What is It and Why You Might Need It

drain-jettingDrain issues are something that no homeowner wants to come across. Firstly, they’re awkward to deal with and secondly, drain maintenance should already be on your list of jobs to complete at least twice a year.
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What Is Drain Relining & Why You Might Need It

When you look around your house, you could easily point out all the things that you need to fix and change. The one thing that you may not notice right away is an issue with your drainage system and pipework. Signs of damage aren’t the most obvious thing to deal with in the home, and while you’ll notice a stench coming from the drains when there is a blockage occurring, you won’t know about damage to the drains themselves. This type of damage now – the damage you can’t see to the interior wall of the drains – can lead to serious issues in the home later on if not taken care of early.
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