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What happens when water goes down the drain?

11th February 2019

Water is something we often take for granted. We turn on our taps and it’s there, as always, ready to fill kettles, cups and sinks. We wash and bathe in clean water every day - something we should definitely be thankful for - but how does this supply of water arrive into our homes? The water life cycle is a fascinating process and one that we’d like to highlight in…

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Is Repairing a Collapsed Drain Expensive?

22nd October 2018

Blocked drains can be a hassle to deal with, but a collapsed drain can bring major disruption to your property. Repairing a collapsed drain usually requires a CCTV survey and some excavation work, lifting out the damaged pipe and installing a new one in its place. But how much is this going to cost? Well, that depends on where the drain is, how badly it’s damaged and who’s responsible for…

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Can Your Drains Survive The Next Flash Flood?

2nd November 2012

What is a Flash Flood? A flash flood is where water accumulates quicker that is can be absorbed into the…

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Are Collapsed Drains Covered Under Home Insurance?

14th March 2018

When your drains have been damaged or suffered a collapse, all you want to think about is getting the issue…

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A Short History Of Drainage

21st February 2016

Whilst those in the plumbing industry appreciate the importance and intricacy of a drainage system, for the rest of us…

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Augmented Reality and Underground Utilities

1st June 2018

When you think of drains, sewers or underground pipe networks, you almost certainly don’t think of cutting-edge technology or computer-generated…

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Bill Gates Backs Scheme to Create Drinking Water from Human Waste

9th February 2015

Bill Gates has backed a new hi-tech water plant that converts human waste into clean water for the developing world. Mr Gates took to his blog at the beginning of the year to explain the process  and stress the importance of such technology, including a video of the human waste being fed into the processor with the Microsoft founder tasting the end product himself; “The water tasted as good as…

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Blocked Drain Sources

23rd February 2018

When it works correctly, the drainage system in your home efficiently carries away waste water from multiple sources. No fuss,…

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CCTV Drain Surveys – What do you get for your money?

21st October 2013

A problem with your drainage system can be notoriously difficult to diagnose because of the restricted access, and traditionally any problems that couldn’t be resolved with jetting or rodding would result in the whole drain having to be completely excavated. This is not only a costly and time consuming way to find out the cause of a problem, it is unpleasant and disruptive, and will often leave your home, garden…

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CCTV Drain Surveys: Exploring The Technology That’s Involved

24th November 2016

In recent years, the world has seen some major technological advancements in a wide range of sectors, and the drainage…

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Classic Signs of a Blocked Drain & How to Prevent Them

20th September 2018

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Could I have collapsed drains? What to look for [Infographic]

26th July 2013

If there is a problem in the drainage system, it could end up causing a lot of inconvenience. Not only…

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Could the Pung-too toilet unblocker be the new plunger?

28th July 2014

A clogged toilet can prove to be an embarrassing and difficult situation to rectify, leaving many reaching for the plunger or drain unblocker products in a desperate panic! Despite being the ideal solution for blocked sinks, drain cleaning products available on the market are usually unsuitable for toilet clogs as the chemicals can damage the bowl, and most are unable to actually reach the clog itself due to the toilet’s…

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Dealing With Structural Damage To Your Drain

18th October 2015

    While a cheap drainage installation may seem tempting, 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. This article will explain how you can deal with structural damage to your drain and what remedial…

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DIY Drain Jetting – Can I? Should I?

20th August 2013

is the most effective method of clearing a persistently blocked drain, and it involves the use of a high pressure…

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Drainage Glossary: What Do These Key Drainage Phrases Mean?

28th September 2016

When having any work carried out at your property, explaining exactly what needs to be done can prove to be rather challenging as the terminology can cause communication to break down. This article will provide a detailed glossary of the most common drainage terms used in the industry, so you fully understand the work involved when hiring the expertise of a drainage professional. CCTV Drain Surveys A CCTV drain survey…

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Drainage: Get A Grip On Your Pipes

31st May 2016

Hidden away beneath gardens or driveways, it can be easy for homeowners to overlook the importance of their drainage system. In actual fact, these pipes ensure all wastewater is flushed away from the property into the nearby sewers to prevent the risk of leaks and flooding, so their functionality is indispensable. That said, nothing lasts forever, so you should be prepared to replace your current pipes if they become damaged…

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Drains Are For Life, Not Just For Winter – Tips To Keep Your Drain In Tip Top Condition

28th January 2016

  As discussed in last month’s article, the extreme British weather can have a major impact on the plumbing in your home and can see drains become blocked, flooded or burst under the pressure. This article will focus on how you can look after your drains throughout the year to help prepare them for the extreme winter weather, avoiding costly repairs at a time when money may be particularly tight.…

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Drains: Flooding and Prevention

20th September 2018

As seen by the recent devastation caused by Storm Desmond, home flooding can have a devastating effect on homeowners throughout the UK,…

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Flooding Likely To Become A Common Occurrence in the UK

19th June 2014

Fish and Chips, the Royal Family and the Beatles… Our country has become famous for countless things over the years,…

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Flushing Wet Wipes Damages Sewers and Blocks Drains

21st October 2014

Last summer, Thames Water discovered a ‘bus-sized lump’ of over 15 tonnes of food fat mixed with wet wipes formed…

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From Bathroom Drain to Food Chain: The Problems of Cosmetic Microbeads

25th April 2014

Thousands of beauty items currently available on the market contain tiny particles of plastic referred to as ‘microbeads’, popular for…

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Generating Electricity from Sewer Blocking Fats

23rd April 2013

We know that fats, oils and grease (FOGs) shouldn’t be poured into our drains because as they cool, they will…

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Guide: Oh Rats! There’s Rats In My Drain! – How To Get Rid Of Rats

30th August 2016

Whilst your drainage system plays an important role in leading a functional home, if your drains have been improperly installed…

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Hard Water: Is It Affecting Your Drains?

4th April 2016

Whilst the high mineral content and flavour of hard water have made it the preferred drinking water for many, the damage it can cause to the drains, pipework and appliances in your home can lead to major, costly repairs.   As reports suggest that more than 60% of homes in the UK have hard water, chances are many of us have experienced how it can affect the functionality in our…

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How do you unclog a drain when there’s standing water?

16th August 2018

Blocked bathtubs and showers will often come accompanied with standing water - this needs to be dealt with as soon…

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How does drain jetting work?

23rd August 2018

Drain jetting is a high pressure cleaning method for blocked drains and sewer pipes. It works by pumping water -…

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How Drains Get Rid Of Waste Water

26th February 2013

Every drainage system in every home is different. New build houses are likely to be all very similar but every…

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How to Fix Smelly Drains

9th February 2018

One of first, most noticeable signs of a blocked drain is a rank smell emitting from somewhere in the home.…

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How to Prevent and Deal With Rats in Your Drain

20th September 2018

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How to Prevent Autumn Leaves Blocking Drains

14th November 2014

As autumn draws in and the trees turn brown, it is only a matter of time before the crisp leaves start to fall and cause havoc with your garden! Outdoor drains are prone to clogging as the wind can blow leaves and debris to completely cover them, causing the leaves to decompose over time. Not only does this create blockages in your drains, it also causes a terrible mess and…

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How To Prevent Burst Pipes During The Winter

18th November 2015

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home and its contents if you have not prepared your property for a change in conditions. A typical winter season in the UK sees a drop in temperature, snow and flooding, all of which can have a detrimental effect on your drains and plumbing. In turn, this can lead to costly repairs if things go wrong, so it’s important you have the precautionary…

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Jetting, Rodding, Testing or Tracing – What Drain Clearance Service Do I Need?

25th March 2014

Blocked drains and other drain-maintenance issues can be anything from a minor headache to a major problem. The first, and…

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Keep drains free of turkey fat & trimmings this Christmas

22nd December 2014

Christmas is fast approaching, which means it’s time to start preparing the traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. As you whip up some festive sauces while the turkey and roast spuds cook in the oven, the task of cleaning up the dishes afterwards is something you would rather not think about. That said, water companies are urging homeowners across the UK to make a few small changes this Christmas…

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My Drains Are Smelly – What Could It Be? How Can I Fix It?

19th June 2013

Offensive smells emanating from a drain is often the first, clearest, and sometimes the only, sign of underlying drain issues.…

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Our Drain Survey Process – ClearFirst Drainage

8th March 2018

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Preventing Plumbing Blunders: Stop That Blocked Drain

25th July 2016

Drains play an important role in transporting unwanted water and waste away from a property to help keep it clean.…

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Signs of Drain Problems

5th October 2012

No matter how careful you are to stay on top of all your DIY tasks and chores, it’s all too…

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Signs You Have A Collapsed Drain

9th April 2018

A collapsed drain is arguably the most extreme drainage issue that can occur. Usually, drain collapses are the result of…

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Smelly Drains: How Can You Fix Them?

30th June 2016

Bad smelling drains are a common problem in many households, and whilst their symptoms can be very unpleasant, with the…

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Summer drain maintenance – don’t wait until winter

10th August 2015

Going on holiday, visiting friends, having picnics and tackling gardening projects are just a few of the popular activities to enjoy over the long-awaited summer months. However, your plans can be quickly scuppered when drainage problems occur, creating blockages and nasty smells throughout your property. Whether you are a business or a homeowner, scheduling drain maintenance during the warmer season will prepare your pipes for the cold, wet winter months.…

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The £70 million job of removing the bizarre items blocking drains

7th January 2015

Britain started 2014  with the wettest winter in 250 years and continued to experience extreme weather throughout the year. While there has been a significant increase in the intensity of rain storms, it is more important now than ever to look after our drains and sewage systems to avoid the risk of severe flooding. At the end of last year it was reported that £70 million was spent cleaning 300,000…

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The Bag It and Bin It Campaign

20th September 2014

Creating your own compost bin, recycling and reusing materials, buying canvas bags to use during shopping, replacing light bulbs with…

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The new Swirl tap that creates a vortex and saves 15% water

29th April 2015

Developments in tap design have meant that they can become the focal feature in any kitchen or bathroom, delivering on both practicality and style. This can even be extended to the water flowing out of the tap which can be shaped to form a unique, creative design. [caption id="attachment_439" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Simin Qui - The Swirl Tap[/caption]  A concept tap that saves 15% water A concept faucet has been recently…

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The Problems of Rats in Drains

28th January 2014

Rats in your house or business premises can be a major problem. The animals are looking for shelter and food,…

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The Strangest Things Found In A Drain

28th November 2012

Just because you flush something down the loo doesn’t mean that it will never see the light of day again!…

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The Sustainable Future of Drainage?

21st May 2014

Typically, the English weather is renowned for being rather unpredictable, and with the recent bout of flooding this reputation doesn’t…

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Top 5 Causes of Blocked Drains

8th August 2014

Experiencing blocked drains is a common problem faced by most home owners and it can be an expensive and time-consuming…

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Top bathroom and drain life hacks

26th May 2015

As the evenings become lighter and the sun starts to shine, many of us are choosing the tackle spring cleaning tasks and home improvement projects. Our experts at Clearfirst have compiled a handy list of top bathroom and drain life hacks to help rejuvenate the room without breaking the bank. Baby wipes for bathroom surfaces For a quick and easy way of transforming your bathroom surfaces, a swift clean with…

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Top Water Saving Tips and Advice for Homeowners

9th June 2015

In these climate conscious times, more and more homeowners are choosing to run a more energy efficient property. The top…

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Tree Roots Cause Drain Pain

18th December 2013

  While a sprawling tree or landscaped lawn might look stunning above ground, their root systems might be causing serious…

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Unwashed Pots Block Drains and Breed Bacteria

16th November 2013

The news that your kitchen sink contains more germs than your toilet might come as something as a shock -…

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Victorian Terrace, Modern Estate or Rural Idyll: The Potential Drainage Problems

16th February 2014

Very few of us give any thought to the drains connected to our property. We take a shower, flush the…

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What Can Go Wrong With Drainage?

25th October 2016

A drainage problem is one of the biggest issues a homeowner can experience; if the problem is left unaddressed for a long period of time, or is made worse by botched handiwork, then it can affect the functionality of your home and can cause your garden to become a muddy bog. Here, we will discuss what can go wrong with your drainage system, so you know how to prepare for…

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What can I pour down a drain to unclog it?

9th August 2018

Slow or blocked drains can be unclogged without resorting to bleach or industrial cleaning methods; the most popular solution is…

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What Is A Pre-Purchase Drain Survey?

25th September 2013

If you are planning on buying a property, there are a few things that are advisable to have surveyed prior…

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What Is In Water? From Chlorine to Fluoride

31st March 2015

There’s nothing better than a tall glass of crystal clear water to quench a desperate thirst, but what is in water?…

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What Not To Put Down Your Drains

21st December 2012

Every year in the UK thousands of people have to call in a professional to help them with a blocked…

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What Plumbers Do VS What Drain Contractors Do

24th January 2017

When homeowners experience a fault with their plumbing or drainage system, many are left wondering what action they need to…

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What To Do When You Drop Something Down The Drain

28th April 2016

From dropping your ring down the plughole when washing up, to losing your child’s favourite toy down a drain in the street, accidents happen to all of us. Whilst it may seem tempting to immediately try and fish the item back out yourself, it’s important to take the correct course of action to help retrieve your belongings safely. This article will explain what to do when you drop something down…

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What’s Involved in a CCTV Drain Survey?

17th April 2018

In order to maintain and prolong the condition of your drains, it helps to know exactly what's going on in…

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Who holds the responsibility for sewer pipes?

28th September 2015

When it comes to blocked drains, many property owners are unsure whether it is their responsibility or that of the local authority to fix them. Here at Clearfirst, we can help to establish who is responsible for your drains, giving professional advice so you know where the responsibility lies if your pipes suffer from blockages. It can be difficult to identify any problems in your drains as everything happens underground,…

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Who is Responsible for Clearing Blocked Drains?

9th October 2018

When there’s a drainage issue at your property, figuring out exactly what the problem is and how bad it’s gotten…

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Who is Responsible for Drains and Sewers on My Property?

9th March 2018

The drainage system serving and surrounding your household can be prone to various one-off or recurring issues. When these problems…

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Who Is Responsible For Your Drain?

22nd January 2013

Backed up drains; cracked external pipework; faulty guttering; blocked sewers – no matter how well you look after your drainage…

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Why is My Shower Draining Slowly?

20th July 2015

The bathroom is typically a tranquil space where you can escape from the stresses of the outside world and relax.…

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