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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 completeing 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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How can cold Weather affect my drains?

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During the cold weather, water in your pipes can freeze. This increases pressure which can cause pipes to split or to pull apart. We recommend you check all pipes inside and outside your home to make sure they are protected before the cost of replacing the pipes becomes a reality.

What can I do to protect my pipes?

Simply insulating or lagging all pipework and fittings in unheated areas like lofts, roofs, garages and outbuildings can help to protect your pipes.

Your local plumber’s merchants and DIY stores can provide help and advice on the correct insulation or lagging. Don’t forget if you have outside taps, you’ll need to insulate them too. Take extra care when entering areas such as roof spaces. If you are in any doubt about being able to do this safely, give us a call on 0800 061 2559.

Underground water pipes to properties are buried to a minimum depth of just under one metre so this provides protection from the cold.

What should I do if I think my pipes are frozen?

If you lose water supply during very cold weather your pipes may have frozen.

Check and see if any of your neighbours have similar problems. If you neighbours also have no water either, get in touch with your local council to see if there are any disruptions.

If your neighbours do have water, then the water in your pipes may have frozen. In an event of this happening why not give us a call on 0800 061 2559 and we’ll be able to assist you with this problem. (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

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Early signs of a blocked drain.

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The second worst thing about those easy to spot early warning signs of a blocked drain is that they’re so easy to ignore and forget about. And the worst thing? The damage and repair costs that can follow if left to get out of control.

There can be a number of reasons for blocked drains – waste, soap build up or materials that don’t break down are all common causes, as well as more severe situations of collapsed or squashed drains. Whatever the cause, the signs are simple enough to spot, and can help you deal with the issue before it gets much worse.

What Should I Look Out For?

There are a number of warning signs that are easy to look out for, and usually crop up in day to day usage of any plumbing appliances like toilets, sinks, baths and showers. If you suspect your drain might be blocked you should watch out for the following:

 Unpleasant smells – easy to spot, and the nastiest of the warning signs.

• Water from baths, sinks and shower basins taking a long time to drain away, or not draining at all. This may be accompanied with ominous gurgling noises due to trapped air from blockages.

• Issues when you flush the toilet. These include water rising until it almost overflows before draining away, and more water than usual being drained away mid-flush (almost empty bowl).

• Water/waste leaking from drain covers – in this instance it’s likely that there’s a larger blockage further along your system.

What’s The Next Step?

Always act sooner rather than later – a blocked drain could eventually result in overflowing water or waste. Resurgence is not just unpleasant; it’s a health risk as well. If you spot any of these early warning signs, or any others, and are concerned that your drain may be blocked then give us here at MM Drains a call.

Serving London and the surrounding areas with our drain surveying and unblocking services, we are able to use our experience and expertise to assess your situation and determine the most effective course of action.

Our services are available 365 days a year, with a 24/7 emergency service available too, so call us today 0800 061 2559. With our one hour response time your drain issues will be sorted in next to no time.

 

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Sewer Flooding: What to do in event of your sewer flooding?

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Sewer Flooding can be an unpleasant sight, and it should only be treated with the highest priority. We aim to provide clients with an emergency service to help clean up any sewer flooding that could of happened. but we’ve got a few tips to help you in the event of a sewer flood.

Firstly it’s best to understand what causes the sewer to flood.

Sewer floods can be caused by a number of issues like climate change, unsuitable products going down the toilet or sink increases the risk of a sewer flood. Most areas throughout the UK have separate sewers which take foul waste and rain water however in some built up areas like London, the sewerage system is combined. This means that the foul sewage from your sinks toilets and kitchens mix with the rainwater. This increases the risk dramatically in the event of a heavy storm as the drains can reach max capacity.

Sewers are designed to cope with a vast majority of storms but infrequently rainfall can become so heavy that the drainage system becomes overwhelmed. If this was to happen, the sewage can overflow from manholes, gullies and can even flood homes.

If your property has been flooded then contact us immediately. Once you have been in contact it is best to contact your household insurance immediately and tell them of any damage to the property or your personal items. If you do not do this then it can affect any future claims you might need to make.

In the unfortunate event of a flood occurring, we stress that you keep the household safe by turning off your gas, electricity and water at the mains. We strongly advise not to turn on the gas and electricity until the systems have been checked by a professional. With floodwater there could be many hidden dangers for example foul sewage therefore do not allow any children or pets to go into the floodwater at any point. We suggest that you keep off flooded areas for around 2-3 weeks.

The government has provided a guide on the best ways to clean up safely after the event of a flood. Visit their website.

Once the flooding has reduced, disinfect all surfaces and ensure that your house is well ventilated. Throw away and food that has come in contact with the flood water. And when cleaning wear suitable attire and cover any recent cuts and grazes. If you experience any symptoms for instance diarrhoea and vomiting after a flood then please contact your doctor immediately.

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