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How to avoid cold weather plumbing problems: getting your outdoor space winter-ready

30 October 2019

winter plumbing

Many plumbing issues that arise in cold weather are preventable if you protect your pipes and drains before winter sets in. Read our best tips for measures you can take outside your property to prevent winter plumbing disasters.

Children and plumbing: how to avoid disasters

22 August 2019

children blocking toilet

Children love water but this can also be a deadly combination. We take a look at the risks associated with young children and plumbing and how you can minimise the risk to both health and your home.

How to protect your property from flooding

5 August 2019

Flooded home

Flooding can cause significant damage as well as a great deal of distress, and is becoming more common due to the extreme weather conditions that we're increasingly experiencing. There are several things that you can do to protect your home from flooding, ranging from basic sensible precautions to more radical defences. What you choose to do will depend on your flood risk but here are several ideas to help you protect your home.

Drugs flushed down the toilet could be creating ‘meth-gators’ in the US

18 July 2019

sewer

Authorities in the US are warning that drugs flushed down the toilets are in danger of creating 'meth-gators' (alligators high on meth!) but can we be smug here in the UK? We often warn of the risks of putting wet wipes and fats into the drains but when almost half of adults in the UK take some kind of prescription medication, should we be careful about how we dispose of our medications here too?

Keep drains clear in very cold weather

24 January 2019

Ice

Keeping your pipes flowing and drains clear of debris is always important but it’s especially so when the weather is very cold. Blocked drains cause water to back up. If it then freezes, it expands so not only would this block the pipe, it could cause pipes to burst or crack. These are all useful things to do to keep your drains flowing properly and avoid them clogging up in freezing weather.

Your wipes may say they flush but that doesn’t mean they won’t block

14 November 2018

wet wipes block drains

As the issue of so-called 'flushable' wipes causing major issues with drain blockages hits the media again, we revisit the financial and environmental cost of flushing these down the toilet.

Clogged the drains with water beads?

21 June 2018

water beads can block drains

If you have young children you will no doubt be aware of the Orbeez phenomenon. They’re great fun to pay with in water troughs, in foot spas and even used decoratively in glass vases but can be a major problem if put down the sink or toilet in their original form.

Clearing a back falling waste pipe

15 June 2018

Blocked drain

We all know that gravity determines that water naturally flows down so how do you resolve a blockage in a pipe that runs vertically for 2 metres? That was the dilemma for one customer who had a blockage so severe that her bath had back filled with sewage!

4 reasons why your drains may become blocked

7 June 2018

drain blockage

Drains that get blocked can cause terrible damage and be very unpleasant to deal with. These are the 4 main reasons drains can get blocked plus what you can do about them. We also looking at checking drains using correlator technology and unblocking drains using a high pressure water jetter.

Blocked drains: your responsibility or Yorkshire Water’s?

1 February 2018

blocked drain

A blocked drain needs resolving quickly but how do you know when it's your responsibility or your water provider's? We explain the difference plus how to avoid a blockage in the first place.

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