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What to do in the event of a flood

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If flooding happens, it is important to:

-Stay up to date by tuning in to your local radio station or contacting Floodline

-Report property flooding or river blockages to the Environment Agency

-Report hazards such as gas leaks and electrical hazards to the right people

-Read more on what to do if you have been flooded from the National Flood Forum

-Read the Kent Resilience Forum booklet - What should I do in an emergency (PDF)

-Look out for your neighbours – people who are older, vulnerable or living on their own might become concerned or isolated at this time.

 

A few measures to help prevent damage to your home:

Sandbags

If you live in an area at risk from flooding, you can buy sandbags from local builders’ merchants to help protect your property.

Mobile homes and caravans

Mobile and temporary buildings can be at particular risk in high winds. Anyone who is living in or using a temporary building or caravan should consider alternatives, such as staying with friends and family or, if you are on a campsite, moving to communal brick buildings on site.

Garden furniture

Garden furniture could be a danger to others. You should make sure everything is secure to minimise risk if high winds are forecast.

Danger areas

During poor weather, there are particular dangers associated with coastal areas and rivers. You should stay away from high or strong waves. Avoid walking or driving through floodwater as there may be underwater dangers.

Power lines

Do not assume that power lines that are on the ground or hanging low are dead as they may remain live or could become live. Report low and grounded power cables to UK Power Networks and do not approach within 5m of low or grounded power cables.

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Drains in the Summer

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At last the summer is on the horizon, and you may have noticed some odd smells roaming in or around your homes since the weather has begun to dry up. This can be from your bathroom or kitchen sink.

When odours are being emitted from your plug holes, this is often a sign that you have a blocked drain. We would advise having someone take a look at the drain as soon as possible, as when issues like this start to arise then you know a much bigger problem is round the corner. You can prevent the drain from completely blocking by checking what you put in your drains, for example putting items like food waste and grease down the drain will cause bad smells and blockages.

If you don’t know what you should do upon finding these smells laying around then you can call in a plumbing and drainage professional to have an inspection of the drain and find the root cause to the problem. If you decide that the professional is the person for the job then you must ensure that no food waste or grease enters the drains before they arrive.

Here at MM Drains we offer full CCTV camera surveys and high pressure jet cleaning to all of our clients in London and The South East. For a Call out or quotation please call 01474 363359.

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Drain maintanance

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MM Drains have put together a few tips to help keep your drainage properly maintained.

Acquire some of the following ‘tools’ to get started:

  • Protective Gloves/Glasses
  • A empty plastic bottle
  • A Kettle
  • Some baking & white vinegar

-Tip boiling water down your drains on a regular basis, making a habit of doing this once a week would help reduce any sticky or greasy deposits down the drain by washing it round.

-Pour a small amount of baking soda into the drain followed by a cup of white vinegar. Once you have poured the white vinegar down the drain you will hear some fizzing as the 2 (things) react together. This is natural and will require you to leave it for around 10 minutes to get maximum effect. Once this time has gone then proceed to pour some boiling water down the drain to clear the drain.

-To prevent these things from sticking to the drain I the future, don’t pour cooking fat, grease and oils into the drain when you finish cooking. Pour them into a bottle and throw them into the bin.

If you need any assistance or advice then please contact us on 01474363359.

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Those Winter Temperatures

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As the winter closes in and the years comes to an end, everyone is rushed around to complete all Christmas shopping before that time of year is here but what everyone seems to forget its keeping your drains happy and healthy over the winter.

Here are a few drainage tips to ensure that you keep on top of your drains this winter:

-Keep your drains clear – Keeping your drains clear from small particles getting stuck on the sides of your drains by running some cold water into the drain.

-For keeping drains clear you can pour any grease and fat deposits from cooking into an old drinks carton or old container.

-Ensure that all storage tanks and pipes which do not receive any form of heat are covered and insulated well. This will prevent them from freezing and potentially cracking or bursting in the future.

-Heating – If you have done all the above and still are not quite convinced that your drains are safe then you can use your home heating to your advantage and leave it on a low level throughout the colder temperatures.

-Leakages – Before the colder temperatures settle down, it is good practice to have an inspection of your property to ensure that you have no leaks, if you come across a leak then it could of caused a much larger and more expensive issues down the line.

-Clear Drains – The quickest way for you to be certain that your drains are at peak efficiency are to have them cleared frequently. Having completely clear drains ensures that nothing has frozen or stuck in the drains and will give you peace at mind.

With all these tips in mind, if you get stuck and come across the issue of a frozen or burst drain then please give us a call on 0800 061 2559.

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Our Drainage Engineers – Excavation

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Our drainage engineers have had an extremely busy week this week completing an excavation of a back garden to replace all the drainage pipes due to faults in the system.

There were 3 faults in total with the system:

-There was an unknown smell being projected out across the back garden.

-The main pipe heading to the sewer had broken.

-The system had excessive blocking problems due to incorrectly laid drains.

The job was completed on Sunday 15/10/2017 by our drainage engineers. Well done to everyone involved.

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5 Common drainage problems

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Your drainage and plumbing can cause some unexpected problems which can be very costly to put right. Understanding the problems and being able to identify them could end up saving you a lot of money. Here are 5 common drainage problems:

Slow Running Drain

Slow drains might not seem like a big issue, as the water is still running…right? A slow running drain can be an indication of a variety of problems, including a partial blockage of a drain which still allows water to flow through but is more susceptible to full blockage. A slow running drain can also be an indication that a pipe has misaligned or cracked which be a major issue if your drains are not running correctly.

Recurring Clogs

One of the most frustrating common drainage issues can be a recurring blockage. A recurring blockage can be the root of multiple issues where food, oils, hair, grime and other debris can accumulate in your drains over a period of time. Calling a professional drainage technician can help with recurring blockages.

Multiple Clogs

If you’ve got multiple blockages within your home, which could be standing water in the shower, overflowing toilet or a backed-up sink. This is a definite sign that a deep problem has occurred. The only way to reach these blockages would be to give your drains a deep clean.

Odour

Are your drains causing an awful smell to pollute your home, if you have noticed a distinct smell coming from your drains, this is caused when pollutants build up and then quickly break down releasing an odour. It can also be a broken pipe or sewer line, which could need repairing or replacing. The quickest and most cost effective way to solve this problem would be to call in a professional.

Flooding

Flooding is the most serious drainage issue to date. When you have water coming back up from your drains, this could back up through your toilet, shower, bath and sinks. This could indicate a clog in your sewer lines. This is a very serious matter which needs to be dealt with immediately. Sewer water would contaminate anything in your home, and the risk of losing your personal property is eminent if you don’t sort it right away.

By ignoring the warning signs, you are setting yourself up for more serious consequences in the future. The easiest way to prevent future disasters is to call professional plumber on 01474 363359.

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Have you got slow running drains?

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Slow running drains are usually indicative of a partial blockage. So let’s start with the first step, which is to find the obstruction. In baths and showers, the problem is normally due to the build-up of hair and soap scum. If you see hair in the bottom of the drain, you might be able to simply reach in and pull out the blockage. Alternatively, you should use a pair of tweezers or pliers. If you can’t find the obstruction, it’s time to give us a call.

You can avoid obstructions building up in the first place by taking the following steps:

- Use strainers in all of your drains to stop hair from going down the drain.

- Don’t drop small pieces of soap down the drain. This causes soap scum to build up in drains and pipes.

- Once a month, pour a kettle full of boiling water down the drain. This will help melt any greases or oils and wash them away before they can build up (do not do this for your toilet, as the hot water may crack the porcelain).

- Every three to four months use a half-cup of baking soda in the drain while slowly adding half a cup of vinegar. Let the liquid drain for a few minutes before rinsing with hot water.

If you require any more information or have come across a blocked drain, then give us a call on 01474363359.

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Why is it important to clear a blocked drain sooner rather than later?

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We understand the inconvenience and nightmare of experiencing a blocked drain – whether it’s at your business or in your home. The cost of repairs and clean up can spiral out of control, which is why it’s vital that any drainage issues are sorted out sooner rather than later.

Bad smells, poor drainage or water and unusual noises from drainage pipes can all be tell-tale signs that your drains are blocked, and are in urgent need of looking at. We look at why it’s always better to get issues sorted sooner rather than later, before they get far worse.

Easier To Clear The Blockage

It sounds like common sense to say it, but sorting a drainage problem when you first notice the signs makes it far easier to fix. The obvious benefit of this is that the cost of clearing the issue will be much lower and less time will be spent doing so. Left alone, a minor blocked drain can quickly become far more expensive to fix, with much more risk of damage and flooding.

Minimise Potential Damage

One of the worst side effects from a blocked drain can be damage, flooding and other issues. If you notice, for example, water that rises instead of draining away each time you flush your toilet, then chances are this issue isn’t going to disappear. Left to worsen, you could end up with water that just keeps on rising and leads to flooding, water resurgence and damage to your property.

Calling our team of expert plumbers, who have a one hour response time, would have been a far more affordable solution. Instead, the cost of fixing the problem skyrockets to a bigger repair bill as well as redecorating entire portions of your home and buying new furniture and carpets.

Sorting a blocked drain sooner rather than later avoids catastrophic consequences like flooding and larger repair costs. If you need your drain clearing in London then call us here at MM Drains. Our experienced plumbers have a one hour response time, with our services available 24/7. Call us now on 0800 061 2559 for more information on our range of professional services.

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