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Reviewed by Mohammed on 21/2/2022

Gary,Omar did a good job to complete the drive within 2 days. The cement used on the footpath was still wet after 4 weeks. When I called they said they put that in temporarily and I asked if they could sort it out but they advised me to basically get it sorted myself and that I should use tarmac instead. (Which they should of done so). The drive itself was done properly however the next morning I had to clean the road and the drive myself which took ages. Now i have to get someone else to redo the wholepath

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Reviewed by Shalaka on 19/11/2021

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Building for your comfort!

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Reviewed by Davis on 23/2/2022

Great Job! They provided a detailed assessment of what was required and carried out the repairs on my roof.

Drainage Facilities Management Was formed in September 2016 With the Management Team having Over 40 Year’s Experience of Working in the Drainage Industry

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Reviewed by Donald on 9/7/2021

Rating on value was our reaction to the job as priced. In the event at Matthew's suggestion we claimed on the house insurance and with his help with a comprehensive report they paid out without a quibble and very quickly.

Welcome!   We love gardens and the beauty they bring to your surroundings, however, gardens require work which we understand you may not have the time to invest.  This is where we can help.   Our family run business offers reliable, friendly and affordable garden services which will make the most of your garden and outdoor space.  We carry out the work enabling you to simply enjoy the pleasure of a well maintained garden. What we offer Whether your garden is small or large, simply needs mowing or a complete overhaul, we can assist to ensure you get the most from your garden.  Here are just some of the services we offer: Clearing overgrown gardens, tidying, managing shrubs   One off garden clearance Regular maintenance Lawn care Flowerbeds,  Containers & Baskets Hedge Care Decorative Coverings Wood protection Fencing Patio & Drive Maintenance Overall care for your garden including planting, pruning, weeding and mowing   Regular mowing, aerating, feeding and scarifying to maintain and improve your lawn   Creating raised beds, digging new borders and care for existing flowerbeds including planting, weeding and pruning    Trimming, reducing or planting new hedges   We can provide and install gravel, slate, bark or pebble to compliment or transform the look of your garden   Care for fencing, decking, sheds and other wooden garden features to enhance their look and provide weather protection   We repair and install new fences, or can simply replace panels or posts to your requirements   Pressure washing and weeding to maintain a quality appearance

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Reviewed by Lisa on 28/1/2022

Lovely chap, great communicator, did a great job, turned up when he said he would. Very reliable. Would recommend.

ibuild bespoke roofing landscaping and house renovations is very different from your average building company We are here to help you get the overall finished home that you have always dreamed for we offer free architecture design. and free no obligation quotes. We specialise in providing you complete satisfaction in every step of the way. no upfront deposit and no overspill charges. Services we offer includes: *complete roofing installation *driveway installation *resin/blockpaving/tarmac/gravel/concrete,ect *patio installation *fencing *tree care and removal/hege triming are pruning *bespoke outbuildings/home office/garden shed *house footings/brick walls/rendering walls *house extensions and roofs *complete re,roofs/felt batton/tiles replacement. *electric gate entrance commercial and domestic *and many many more Services we have to offer.

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Reviewed by Jo on 17/5/2021

Noah has done an excellent job where access to the back garden was difficult. He totally delivered what he promised and the results are brilliant.

HELLO. MY NAME IS GRIGORE CHIS A MULTI TRADESMAN WITH MAIN TRADE CARPENTRY, JOINERY WHO WORKS IN PARTENERSHIP WITH 4 OTHER PROFESIONALS. WE COVER A LARGE RANGE OF TRADES LIKE CARPENTRY, ELECTRICITY, TILING, PLASTERING, PAINTING, PLUMBING.

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Reviewed by Ian on 24/9/2021

Professional finish and completed quicker than expected. Will use again for sure. Thanks Grig.

M&C builders. We have over 20 years plastering and roofing experience,nvq level3 plastering, nvq level 3 painting and decorating and nvq level 2 roofing..All building/renovation work undertaken. Full public liability insurance. All work guaranteed.

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Reviewed by Michele on 30/7/2020

We wanted a section of decking raised and two nice guys responded promptly - but.... They quoted for the job but once finished they said it was just the labour charge, it was more than double the quote and they spent lots of time at the builders merchant. They used over a thousand screws and used untreated wood around the skirt. They are NOT skilled at working with wood - the quality of cutting and joints is atrocious, so much so we have had to pay for remedial work. Would not recommend for decking.

Plumbing Response offer professional commercial & residential plumbing and drainage services across London and North Kent. We have the appropriately skilled engineer for any occasion, from fixing a leaking tap to full property development and project management. We are not the cheapest, but our quality and service are second to none.

With over 30 experience in building and property maintenance, our aim is to complete the works on time and in budget. From dry rot to a new roof or full property re-fits and landscaping. we never turn away customers.

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Reviewed by Terry on 26/4/2021

Came to assess job. Quote promised that evening (21 April). Nothing heard since despite follow up attempts to contact by phone and message. Very disappointed.

Gas Safe Registered engineer covering all aspects of domestic gas small plumbing and electrical works. All white goods covered (gas appliances, electric appliances, washing machines dishwashers, fridges etc) integrated works also undertaken. Please Note: Call out charges apply

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Reviewed by Sheila on 16/11/2021

Arrived promptly. Efficient service. Would use again.

Welcome to JBLB plumbing and gas Services . We are a small family-run plumbing company who specialise in domestic plumbing repairs and installations, radiator and boiler upgrades,bathroom installation and mobility / walk in showers. As a company, We pride itself on delivering all of our customers with a prompt and reliable service, no matter how small the job may be. We also offer discounts to OAPs for most small plumbing repairs and installations.

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Reviewed by Fraser on 22/1/2022

Excellent job, fast service, very happy with work done.

P&S Property Services holds over 30 years experience combined , we hold an average of a 5 * rating . we class ourselves as well priced , clean professional and well respected

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Reviewed by Stuart on 7/2/2019

Made appointment to view and quote, but failed to arrive with no communication that he would not arrive, so that is not good to start with, so hence there will be no further appointments.

We are a small friendly business who have over ten years of experience in the building trade, we have exceptionally high standards, whether it be an odd job to a complete renovation project. Topspec property maintenance covers all your property needs!

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Reviewed by DEE on 23/9/2020

Never came back with quote. Clearly not interested in the job which he could just have said on site. I won’t use rated people again.

17 years of experience of construction industry.Educational training at Industrial High School.

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Reviewed by Abhijith on 23/1/2020

He was excellent and the only trade person who was able to confidently say that he could build this toilet and delivered it on time. Not only that he also helped us with other fittings around the house with minimal charges. He is definitely a go to person for any of our future building works

Small family run building company with over 40 years experience over 2 generations as a premium general building company. All types of building work carried out to the highest standard. A one stop shop for all your building needs right from the design and planning stage to completion. Joinery, roofing specialising in flat roofs Building and Plastering A wealth of experience in remodelling and renovations, extensions and sunrooms. Landscaping and paving. All areas covered. Fully insured, trained and certified tradesmen

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Reviewed by Dia on 10/1/2022

Good to see workmen that get on with the job and don't mess you about. First class will recommend to all with no hesitation. Dia Donaghadee

DP Plumbing & Drainage is a newly established business looking to grow within the Plumbing & Drainage industry. We offer a comprehensive variety of cost-effective plumbing and maintenance solutions and always ensure the highest level of customer service and efficient, reliable workmanship. All of our projects are completed without hindrance to our clients as we offer services at times to best suit each of our clients and work from a very flexible schedule. We have received excellent feedback from each of the clients we have worked with and been commended on our friendly and client focused approach. We have a blend of experience gained over the last 6 years within the industry, a very broad skill set ranging across all plumbing and drainage solutions, an excellent track record with previous and current clients and of course, a passion for what we do. We specialise in the following aspects : •Plumbing & Maintanence •Drainage •Bathroom Fittings •Bathroom Refurbishment •High Pressure Water Jetting

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Reviewed by Rebecca on 19/2/2022

Damian was able to help me in 24hrs and did the job efficiently.

We are family-based firm that pride ourselves on top quality workmanship for affordable prices all our work comes with a 10 years guarantee free quotations given?

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Reviewed by James on 10/2/2022

Joseph and his lads came out promptly, gave a reasonable quote after inspecting the roof and carried out the work then and there. Quick and professional.

Westscapes garden design construction and maitance. Professional Polite Courteous service at all times. With over 20 years experience

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Reviewed by Nuala on 28/11/2016

Very quick response to advert. Seemed to understand exactly what I was looking for and even gave me tips on how to save money. Job was carried out to a very high standard. Would definitely use again.

From minor plumbing repairs to full water supply pipe installations and everything in between. You can trust your local Dyno franchise. Your one stop plumbing and drainage service, with expert engineers local to you. Don't leave it to chance trust the professionals.

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Reviewed by Tony on 31/10/2021

Very good workmanship

We offer 24 hr emergency plumbing repairs,bathroom installation,Drainage repairs and installations. With 15 years of experience and fully insured you can be assured of getting a professional service.

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Reviewed by Chib on 27/1/2022

Prompt attendance. Friendly service.

We are a team of professionals specialising in garden clearance, garden designs, rubbish removals, patios, decking, astro turf, garden turf and fencing. Should you require any of our services please get in touch where we can offer you a free quotation. No job is too big or small.

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Reviewed by Mike on 14/2/2022

You get paint your wood floor carpeting everting not in order painters

I'm a time served fully qualified gas engineer and plumber with 18 years experience in all aspects of plumbing and heating. I'm looking to provide a smart and reliable service that can can be depended on!

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Reviewed by Philip on 8/1/2020

Good, friendly. Quickly sorted.

Grip Plumbing consists of Edwin please feel free to ask us your plumbing or building questions.

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Reviewed by Jennifer on 13/2/2022

Good job done - quick and efficient. Would use again.

With over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, we know how to deliver work that looks good and lasts. We work on properties of all shapes and sizes, commercial and domestic, turning your dreams into a reality.

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Reviewed by Sohail on 15/12/2021

What an amazing guy!, another 2 weeks and he would have become a member of our family!. You can set your clock with George, he was at our door an 8am on the dot every morning. He gave us so many different ideas which really helped us. His workmanship i, totally flawless. We know what quality looks like now. George is a loyal, honest and hardworking individual who will always be our first choice when getting work done.

We are a family run business with lots of experience no job is too big or too small many thanks onestop team

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Reviewed by Jason on 17/11/2021

Great service and fair price. Turned up on time agreed price and done the job there and then. Would definitely recommend

Qualified City and Guilds plumbers and CBWA certificate in tiling we mainly do full bathroom refurbishment covering all aspects of plumbing, tiling,painting and light carpentry. We also do radiators,trv valves,burst pipes,new pipework aswell as wall and floor tiles. Clean and tidy workers ,we never leave the job until we are proud of the work and the customer is satisfied . Thanks for reading City and Guilds plumbing level 2 diploma Nvq level 2 Heating and Plumbing Apl CBWA Tiling Certificate HEALTH AND SAFETY on site Cscs card

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Reviewed by russell on 22/2/2022

Very good service .quick response and very reasonable price. I will use them again

Fantastic friendly reliable service run by keith and his team providing free quotes and competitive prices for all aspects of gas and plumbing works

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Reviewed by COLIN on 17/2/2022

Top class company, fully satisfied with the performance,.

Hi all. I am Reece Power. I am landscape gardener in the area. I will be covering all aspects of landscape gardening and lawn care undertaken. To look at our work on social media @ rp.gardenservides1 on Facebook and Instagram or our website. Www.rpgardenandlawnservices.xo.uk - Lawn mowing, hedge cutting and all general garden maintenance - Specializing in Lawn Care - lawn renovations, scarifying, fertilizing and wetting agents, top dressing, over seeding, aeration and re-turfing. Weed and feed & fertilising programs - Landscaping, tree work and stump grinding - One-Off clearance and tidying up jobs, Jet-washing & Gutter Clearing

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Reviewed by Mick on 6/8/2020

Never turned up when they said it was arranged for them to cut grass Every 7 days didn’t show for 14 then another 14 days wait called them asked what’s going on. They replied they thought it was every other week and there be there tomorrow, tomorrow came and they called to say wouldn’t make it would have to wait another day. It was arranged for them to take the grass cuttings though the house to a bin in the front to be collected by the council, they left over a months worth of cuttings in our shed

Domestic and commercial properties maintenance and renovations

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Reviewed by Chris on 2/4/2021

Excellent and prompt work by Alex, very tidy worker clearing everything up after him and so quick to do a job for us. Will definitely use him again

All one plumbing and electrical has been In the business for over 18 years providing a honest, reliable service, whilst being a fully insured expert in fitting; showers, fuse boxes and also carrying out lighting surveys. By using us to instal LED lighting, we will be able to help you reduce running costs of your home by up to 80%. Due to both plumbing and electrical expertise, we can plumb in and wire electrical showers, discover faults and replace imersion hot water heaters without the need of two separate trades-men. *Covid-19 update* During this difficult time, all of our work will be carried out with protective gloves which are sanitised with wipes, after each use. If customers would prefer us to use face coverings then please let us know *before* arrival.

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Reviewed by Chris on 26/1/2022

Quality, tidy work & fair pricing - recommended.

Fully qualified plumber with over 15 years experience.

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Reviewed by Peter on 23/2/2022

Prompt service at agreed time. Problem soon sorted. Very professional and pleasant, positive attitude. Will definitely use again. Thanks

Welcome to ACG&sons Building ( Bi fold door specialist supply and fit 3 week turn around ) We are a gang of bricklayers with over 25 years experience each. With combined over 75 years The three us make up a team of experienced builders with a wide variety of skills. We hold nvq and city and guilds. in drainage foundations /ground works /slabbing /block paving /concrete floors /underpinning damp damage and all other structural works . we hold levels 1 /2/3 city and guilds in brickwork and stone work We also have many years experience building houses extensions garden walls garages any thing that involves bricks and blocks and mortar We hold full insurance and public liability Also all work carried out will be warranted for 8 years All quotes are free with no obligations But there will be charge for any insurance quotes (this will be for extra office work) Works will be subject to legal contract on certain projects and £10k and over Please take time to view the gallery for pictures of previous projects

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Reviewed by Louise on 24/11/2021

ACG and sons, provided us with a much needed single story extension to our house, the quote was fair and they went above and beyond to ensure we were satisfied at every stage, when problems did occur they quickly had a suitable remedy. The size of the steels that were required were daunting for us, but ACG made the installation look easy. Would definitely use them again.

At Cymraeg Construction, building work has been at the heart of our family for generations with skills, knowledge and training passed on from one to another, even in the day to day running of the business we can call upon over 40 years experience from my father who is an integral part of the company and has made us what we are today with a passion for quality that shines through on every job we undertake. Covering all of South Wales, you can be sure to rely on us to undertake any project you may have from conception to completion, we can take care of all aspects of the build including planning and skilled tradesmen in all trades, let us deal with all the complications and timings as we project manage the process to ensure everything is done correctly and to schedule all while keeping you informed every step of the way. Please feel free to contact us for a free no obligation estimate on any work you may have. Cymraeg Construction.

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Reviewed by Glyn on 18/1/2022

Good work but painfully slow and continually extended finish date. There were however, a couple of extenuating reasons.....but literally a couple. A few of small jobs still need to be completed but unfortunately, still waiting.....and waiting....and waiting for him to call back. If he does, I may alter the rating.

We are C&C plumbing and drainage services. We cover all plumbing work from little fast fix jobs to full bathroom and kitchen installation including tiling. All our bathrooms and kitchens and designed to the customers specification and 3D cad designs produced and adjusted to customers liking. Our professional team take each customer through each job step by step from start to finish. We use local suppliers so have fantastic relationships that have blossomed over years of repetitive custom, our suppliers know the high quality work that we carry so only the best materials are supplied for a competitive price from budget to high end bathrooms and kitchens all our work is 100% perfect every time. All drainage work is also covered from blocked toilets to new drainage layouts and high pressure water jetting is also available. All our work is covered with a guarantee and insurance too which can be produced if asked for. We have worked hard over the last few years to get to where we are to become a highly recommended company within the Wakefield and surrounding areas. All engineers are fully trained and qualified within there field of expertise. All quotes are 100% free with no call out fee or hidden extras. Fully insured for upto 5 million pounds Thankyou C&C plumbing and Drainage services

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Reviewed by Gyanendra on 21/3/2021

The time taken to finish the job was less for doing the downstairs cloakroom however the work finishing was not up to the mark. The basin is wobbly and the basin pipe is leaking since 2nd day, called him several times to fix that leaking sink pipe, however he mentions will come but not yet came till now! Disappointed with this part of service.

Keen Resources is a building contractor company established in 2014 in West London area, We offer property maintenance services and building services to Residential, Commercial & Estate Agents, We are a team of family business with 25 years of experience covering: General Building • Electrics • Kitchen & Bathroom • Refurbishments • Plumbers • Carpentry • Tiling • Painting & Decorating • • Handymen (Multi Skilled) dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction in all of our projects to a high standard.

Dedicated to our craft. We cover all aspects of building work including: - home extentions - renovations - conversions - plumbing and heating - kitchens - roofing - all general building work

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Reviewed by Claire on 13/5/2021

Great job, lovely guy, professional job and responded very quickly.....Will definitely be using again for future jobs. Thanks James

Im a builder/plumber with experience.

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Reviewed by Joe on 17/1/2022

New Bathroom was fitted and Work was to a very high standard and many unforseen problems were overcome.

The main focus of our company is providing our clients with the best construction solutions, environment friendly at the highest standards. We have started this company because we felt that there was a real need for a construction company that would deliver the expected result/product, not only ahead of the deadline, but havingone of the highest quality on the market. Our team had gathered specialist from various construction fields groundwork, masonry, carpentry, gas safe engineers and more) , trained in U.K. Together we are working and delivering the best services to suit your need and requirements.

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Reviewed by Gail on 29/5/2020

5 star work

10 Years of experience in engineering , pipe laying and blockage clearance, septic tanks we are a 24 hour service for all your drainage needs and requirements we also offer a surface cleaning for ?commercial and domestic properties Offering Great customer service all round.

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Reviewed by Elizabeth on 11/6/2021

Very good prices and arrived promptly at agreed time.

General building contractor

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Reviewed by Susanne on 14/2/2022

Thankyou Usman You did a great job fitting my door!

I have been in the plumbing/gas industry for 16 years & have a high knowledge of all systems/issues that arise. All jobs & clients are treated personally & not completed until you are 100% satisfied...

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Reviewed by Ed on 13/9/2021

Very professional!

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Reviewed by Edward on 19/3/2021

Tony is a busy contractor and its easy to see why. He is competitively priced, has a no nonsense approach and is impeccably honest. We agreed a time to carry out a survey and pricing. Tony quickly measured up and a simple fixed price quote was sent by text then email. The quote was at least 25% lower than any other offers, and at least 50% less than some! I required a patio, a path and sleeper borders. Work was completed professionally quickly and efficiently. I would recommend him to anyone.

We are Two Brothers Refurbishment, if you are thinking in starting your own domestic or commercial project improvement,then please do not hesitate to contact us, we will be only to happy to help. Extension&Loft Conversion Internal Renovation&Reconfig.

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Reviewed by Elise on 13/1/2022

Saby and his team were incredible to work with. They brought brilliant suggestions and were able to adapt the remodel to our flat which is old and therefore not straight or symmetrical. They were efficient and quick in doing the job but still paid close attention to the details. Would highly recommend them.

unblockablock are a drainage company based in Leicester with over 20 years experience in the drainage industry we are able to offer all aspects of drainage work. We can carry out cctv surveys complete with details reports and recommendations to water authority standard. We carry out drainage repairs using no technology where this isn't possible.we also carry out drain replacement and also install new drainage. We are trusted by large national companies and the insurance sector. As well as working on projects alongside the water authoritys.

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Reviewed by Sarah on 9/1/2022

Prompt reply to job. Quick, great service at excellent price. Would recommend.

We are a family run business specializing in various types of gardening/landscaping/tree/property maintenance services/roofing, lawn care, garden designing, pressure washing, patios, driveways and much more. Please contact us for more in depth information and advice or for a no obligation quotation.

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Reviewed by Hana on 7/1/2022

Brilliant 2 days’ work clearing large established shrubs, digging out flowerbeds and general tidying in our garden. The team were very quick, tidy, courteous and knowledgeable and I will be using them again and would highly recommend to others.

PW building and roofing ltd We are a medium family run business, with 30 years experience in all building and roofing. We also do loft conversions, conservatories, windows and doors. Kitchen and bathroom. All works are carried out to a very high standard.

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Reviewed by Tony on 15/12/2021

Came the next day, job done Smashing friendly people

We are a small company based in Sunderland,we cover all building work including extensions,loft conversions,kitchens,bathrooms and full refurbs

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Reviewed by Lisa on 3/6/2021

Really pleased with the job that Steve and his team carried out. We had windows and a back door replaced as well as a full kitchen re-fit. All the work was done to a high standard by friendly reliable tradesmen. I would highly recommend SB builders.

Shane’s Drains is a professional and friendly drainage company with over 6 years experience in all aspects of drainage. Specialising in : BLOCKAGE CLEARANCES: -sinks -baths -toilets -stacks -manholes -gully’s -macerators CCTV SURVEY REPORTS HIGH PRESSURE WATER JETTING DE-SCALING ROOT CUTTING NO DIG REPAIRS: -Patching -lining EXCAVATIONS/FULL INSTALLATIONS - GULLYS -Manholes/Inspection chambers -Collapse repairs -Interceptor trap removal RODENT INVESTIGATION/PREVENTION CONFINED SPACE ENTRY NO CALL OUT CHARGE/FREE QUOTATION 24/7 FULL PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE

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Reviewed by Celina on 3/12/2021

Great job.

We are a small team of builders who specialises in mostly residential projects. We do home extensions, fitted kitchens, fitted bathrooms, plastering, decorating and most trades. We take pride in our work and we work to a very high standard. Free Quotes

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Reviewed by abdul on 3/2/2022

Wow what can I say they have been amazing from start to end gave us advice on what was happening when carrying out the job , always came on time to start work start the work with very short notice , the standard of work is on point. I Would 100% recommend to do any jobs due to the professionalism and good workmen ship.

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Drainage Specialists - what you need to know

Drainage specialists tackle a lot of reactive work. They tend to be brought in whenever there’s a problem to sort out. They repair drains and deal with other sewerage issues like blockages. As well as the tell-tale signs of water not draining away in a sink or toilet bowl, there can be signs of a blockage outside your home too. Cracks in a path near a tree can be a sign that the tree roots are interrupting the sewer line. A specialist can bore the sewer line open, get rid of the roots, treat them to stop them from growing again and then replace or reline the pipe.

What a drainage specialist can help with

  • Repairing drains and dealing with sewerage problems.
  • Emptying septic tanks.
  • Installing septic tanks or soakaways.
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Some houses don’t have a pipe carrying waste away from their property. Instead, they have septic tanks to collect waste. If you have one of these, you’ll need to get a drainage specialist to empty it for you otherwise you’re flouting the environment agency’s rules. By law, only people who have permits to dispose of waste can take it away. 

The qualifications your drainage specialist needs

While not strictly a qualification, a drainage specialist will need to have a contract with sewerage treatment works to dispose of waste. The environment agency requires a company to have an environment permit to dispose of waste like this. Septic tank waste will be taken by a tanker to sewerage treatment works where it’s passed to the works inlet. If a sewer’s blocked, it’ll be emptied into a tanker while any repairs are made and the tanker will then pass decanted spirits back into the sewerage network.

How to unblock a drain

Most pipe blockages are caused by hair in the shower or bath. You can solve this by pulling up the stopper in the plughole and removing any hair that’s wound itself around the rod. Sometimes, you’ll need to unscrew the nut which holds the sink and rod together to do this.

If your kitchen sink’s blocked, you can try pouring half a cup of baking soda down the drain and then follow it up with half a cup of white vinegar but most of the time, DIY remedies like this won’t do much good unless it’s cooking fat that’s causing the problem. Before calling out a plumber, you can also try running water into the sink and letting it block up a little before placing a plunger over the plughole. After that, cover the overflow with a damp cloth and pump until the water drains away. For bigger drainage problems, including issues that are affecting the outside of your house, it’s worth calling in a drainage specialist to have a look.

 

How do you maintain a septic tank?

Septic tanks need to be emptied regularly. If you have a family of four, you should empty the tank once a year and if there are two of you living in a house, it’ll need to be emptied every two years.

Planning permission for drainage jobs

Unless you live in a listed building, you won’t need to apply for planning permission for repairs, maintenance and minor jobs but you should check with your local planning authority that any work beyond this is covered by your permitted development rights.

You should also clarify ownership and responsibility of any drain or sewer before starting any maintenance or repair work. They might be shared with neighbours or owned by a sewerage undertaker. Normally, drainage inside your property’s boundaries is your responsibility while a sewerage company is responsible for drains outside of property boundaries along with sewers. There are still a few private sewers around so if your property is served by one of these, the responsibility for maintaining it might fall with you.

Building regulations for drainage jobs

Building regulations may come into play for drainage if you’re building an extension or making alterations, including making your roof larger. If you’re building a patio or driveway, a tradesperson will need to think about the sizing of the soakaway and how surface water will drain away.

Drainage will also need to be considered if you’re connecting pipes in kitchen and bathroom sinks to make sure they’re not at risk of blocking up and they can be easily got to if that does happen. Any pipework will also need to be ventilated to stop air from travelling up from the drains and being released into your house. Generally, it’ll be your builder, conservatory installer or driveway specialist that needs to comply with the building regulations rather than a drainage specialist.

 

Insurance for drainage work

There’s no legal obligation for drainage specialists to be insured but it’s recommended that a drainage specialist purchases public liability insurance so they’re covered in the case of an injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a drainage specialist

  • How long have they been trading?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Have they got a permit to dispose of waste/a contract with a company that has a permit?
  • Will it be themselves carrying out the work? If not, what experience does the person have and are they covered by insurance?
  • How long does the warranty for the work last?

See the latest questions that homeowners have been asking drainage specialists.

Drainage ideas

Find out how to keep your home’s pipework in order and read more about unblocking a sink. If the toilet’s blocked, you can try attempting a DIY fix but if in doubt or the problem still persists, bring in a drainage specialist as a first port of call.

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Drain keeps blocking outside....

Drain keeps blocking outside. It's the main drain for 3 houses. Drain is on our property.

Sink blocked water filling...

Sink blocked water filling washing machine .when empty the machine water flows back to sink then drains into machine again.tried soda crystals but...

blocked sewer waste pipe...

blocked sewer waste pipe outside of property

Installation of a septic tank,...

Installation of a septic tank, to replace existing organic system.

Remove Redundant Manhole We...

Remove Redundant Manhole We are in the process of our garage conversion. We have a redundant manhole that has to be removed. The manhole is in the...

Replacement soil pipe required...

Replacement soil pipe required

Damp proof course has been...

Damp proof course has been bridged due to high external ground and now require 'french drain' installation all round property. Property is a 1900's...

The drain lading frome the...

The drain lading frome the toilets is blocked

I would like someone to...

I would like someone to investigate the drain at the front of the house. The drainpipe is not blocked but ground above seems damp.

partially blocked drain...

partially blocked drain outside kitchen

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