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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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Floods and Drainage

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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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Structural Damage in Drains

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This article will explain how you can deal with structural damage to your drain and what actions you need to take should your drains be suffering.
While some cheap drainage installations may seem tempting, the chances are the low price will reflect a low quality of work, leaving you to rectify the damage.
For a good quality, fully functioning drainage system, all components must operate efficiently; if one part fails, it can put the entire system in jeopardy.

Tree roots

Planting trees in your garden will instantly add beauty and shade to the landscape, delivering on both functionality and style. However, many are unaware of the major structural damage the roots can cause to the drains underneath their garden. Tree roots are drawn to the nearest source of water, making drains the ideal environment for them to thrive in. However, as these roots grow inside your drains, the pressure will cause the pipes to crack which can create major blockages within the system. These accumulations are often made worse by the build-up of household fats, oils, autumn leaves and other discarded debris from your home.
To prevent this from happening, we advise you check where you are planning to position your trees in your garden before you proceed with planting. As your drains are buried out of sight, an expert drainage company will have the skills and equipment to locate your drains so you can avoid any potential problems before it’s too late.

Ignoring blocked drains

As discussed previously, nasty smells, gurgling noises from the plug hole and slow water drainage in your bath can be an indication of blocked drains. The longer this problem is ignored, the worse it will become, causing major structural damage and costly drain repairs.
To help prevent any blockages forming in your drains, be wary about what you are flushing down your plugs and schedule in regular maintenance checks with an expert drainage company. That way, you can catch the problem before it escalates into a larger, more costly issue.

When it comes to drain repairs, enlisting the help of an expert drainage company will ensure the task is handled with complete care and safety. Here at MM Drains, our fully qualified engineers provide a thorough drain repairs service which covers:
– New installations and drain repairs
– Excavations
– Lining
– Collapsed drains

From the initial contact and identifying the cause of the problem, through to an in-depth survey of the drain and the repair work itself, we are on hand every step of the process for a service which is second to none. Simply get in touch with our expert team today to find out more.

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