Latest tips and tricks from the London Drains Direct team.
Does My Home Insurance Cover Drainage Issues?
Drainage is not always a top priority when it comes to comparing quotes for home insurance, and as such, many are probably unsure as to exactly what they are covered for in the event of a blocked drain or repair to the drainage system being required. Most buildings insurance policies will provide cover for accidental […]
Help to Prevent Blocked Drains
Prevention is key when it comes to your drainage system and stopping blockages. Blocked drains are never convenient or pleasant, whether they are internal with slow draining sinks and toilets or external blocked manholes or gullies. Failure to prevent blocked drains could lead to a number of unpleasant situations including flooding, foul odours and internal […]
Drainage Issues That Require Professional Help
Have you noticed that your toilet or sinks are draining slowly? You may also have noticed foul smells from drains inside or outside your property. Below are the top drainage issues that require professional help. 1. Stubborn Drain Blockages Sometimes you can solve minor drainage issues or foul smells with home remedies such as baking […]
Why Do My Drains Keep Blocking
Most people will encounter a blocked drain in their home at some point. Anytime you wash away dirt, food particles, grease, oil, hair and other debris elements into your drainage system, it will accumulate over time if you don’t properly maintain it. Blocked drains can lead to slow water drainage, foul smells and flooding if […]
Blocked Drains – Who Is Responsible?
A popular question for many residential customers, one which we generally don’t think about until there is a blockage to be dealt with! If your drains are private then they are your responsibility to maintain and repair, however, if they are shared then any repairs or maintenance, such as clearing blockages, would be the responsibility […]
What Chemicals Can Be Used To Unblock Drains?
Blocked drains are never pleasant because they can lead to flooding, foul smells and leaking pipework if not resolved quickly. Whilst there are various home remedies for blocked drains, such as baking soda and vinegar or boiling water, they are usually only good for clearing minor blockages and you’ll probably need something more substantial if […]
Why Do I Have Drain Flies and How to Get Rid of Them?
Drain flies are attracted to standing water and decaying organic matter found in your drains and sewers, they will eventually make their way up and come out of your kitchen or bathroom sinks and bath/shower drains. They are more likely to appear in areas not used frequently or if you have been away from home. […]
Common Signs That Your Drains Need Repairing
There are several tell tale signs that there may be issues with your drainage system. It’s always best to act sooner rather than later, as no-one wants foul water backing up into their property! Here are some common signs that your drains may be in need of some TLC! 1) Water Drains Slowly If water […]
What are the Consequences of Putting Fat and Oil Down the Drain?
Do you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen? If so, you likely dispose of grease, fats, and oils frequently. Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of pouring fats and oils down their kitchen sink and into their drains. Fats and oils are liquids when you pour them down the drain, but they tend […]
Why Do Sewers Need to be Upgraded?
A sewer is an underground system that collects all the waste and foul water which flows from the drains of a home or building. If you live in an urban environment, your property probably relies on a public sewer system. The benefit of a public sewer system is that the local water authority maintains it […]
How to avoid smelly drains in your property?
When you wash away organic waste like hair, food particles, fats and oils and other debris from your hands or dishes, this all goes into your drainage system. Over time this debris or waste will build up in the pipework and cause foul smells or even a blocked drain or waste pipe. Foul odours are […]
How much do CCTV Drain surveys cost?
CCTV drain surveys in London are a quick and affordable way to diagnose the cause of on-going drainage problems or to provide a full condition survey or home buyer drain survey of the drainage system on your property. A CCTV drain survey doesn’t require any digging, instead the camera is sent into the manhole to […]
How Much Does it Cost to Clear a Blocked Drain
London Drains Direct offers fixed prices for drain unblocking services in residential properties. However, the exact prices for clearing a blocked drain depend on the specific assistance needed. Here is a price list for our drain services: Basic Drain Clearance – £60 + VAT Machinery Clearance – £120 + VAT Basic drain clearance involves using […]
Home Appliances: Is It the Drains or the Appliance?
What comes to mind when you think of the word “appliance”? How about the dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, ovens, and microwaves. One thing that many people don’t think about is plumbing issues when it comes to home appliances. If your drains are slow or backed up in any way, this could be causing water damage […]
What bugs can live in your drains?
It’s no secret that insects can live in your drain, feeding on any available matter such as grease, hair, food waste and even toothpaste. What’s more, they can also lay their eggs in the gunk in your drains, which can cause potential infestation problems. Now whilst getting rid of these pesky visitors is relatively easy […]
How to prepare your pipes and drains for winter.
Plummeting temperatures, and icy periods. Winter is coming. Now is the time to make sure you deal with your pipes and drains to make sure they do not cause you a headache as the seasons change. As the weather gets colder and the sub-zero temperatures come, they can soon take their toll as water freezes and expands. It’s […]
Why should I get a CCTV survey of my drains?
Do your drains gurgle occasionally? Or do you sometimes get a whiff of something that you’re sure is coming from the drain? It is impossible to know what is down your drain without a CCTV drain survey. It’s a great way to check your drainage system for potential issues or just for peace of mind […]
Why regular maintenance will benefit your drains.
Drain maintenance, it’s a waste of money, right? Wrong! Well, of course, we would say that considering one of our key services is drain maintenance but let us go over the benefits of regular visits from our team and you can decide! So, what are the benefits? Regular maintenance cleaning of your drainage system gives us the […]
Can drains cause damp in my home?
Rising damp is a significant problem that can cause lasting damage to your home and health. There can be many causes of damp in the home, and it can be a process of elimination to find the cause. Blocked drains are not the first thing people look for when suffering with damp but, surprisingly, they […]
Top reasons you should be conducting regular drain maintenance
As with most things, prevention is always better than cure and it certainly applies to your drainage system. Here are our top reasons why regular drainage maintenance is an essential part of looking after your home. To prevent blocks and clogs A blocked drain can be a domestic nightmare… most blocked drains start small, so looking after your drains properly and not allowing little things […]
Why are my drains gurgling?
Gurgling drains are one of the key indicators and warning sign that you have an issue with your drains. Whether it is something small which can be fixed by yourself or something serious which requires professional assistance, you should not ignore a gurgling drain. Gurgling drains are often caused by obstructions within your drainage system. […]
What’s Involved in a CCTV Drainage Survey?
A CCTV drainage survey is an in-depth look at your drains, using high-tech CCTV cameras to give you a comprehensive understanding. The CCTV cameras provide high-quality imagery, as well as real-time feedback to your drainage engineer. How does it work? Unlike traditional and old-school drainage analysis methods, this is a non-invasive process that doesn’t require […]
Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Put Down Your Drains
A blocked drain can often be an unnecessary burden, especially if you haven’t taken the correct preventative measures to avoid it in the first place. Although unblocking drains is one of our specialities, we want to ensure that our customers can look after their drains accordingly so they don’t have continuous issues. Here’s a list […]
Who’s responsible for drains in a rented property?
Who is responsible? In most cases, the landlord will be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the drainage, pipework and plumbing serving the property. However, in some cases, the responsibility may fall on the tenant, if they are purposely damaging or being careless with what they put into the drainage system. It is unlikely […]
The Warning Signs of a Blocked Drain
It is not usually possible for you to see inside your drains without a CCTV Drainage Inspection, so it is important that you are aware of the main warning signs of a blocked drain. If you experience any of these signs, then it is essential that you take measures to remedy the problem or get […]