Monthly Archives: October 2012

October is ‘Toilet tank repair month’

There are more national and international awareness days than there are days in the year. They range from reminders of worthy causes to the downright bizarre.

The US leads the way. Administrative Professionals Day (21st April) probably has limited appeal but in our industry a mere 24 hours isn’t enough to get the message across. So how about Appreciate Your Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Professionals Week (20th-26th June). ‘We all know the discomfort we experience when our toilet breaks,’ says the promotional blurb. ‘Appreciate Your Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Professionals Week is a chance to acknowledge the great service these professionals provide.’

We also have World Water Day and World Plumbing Day in March.

This month. apparently, it’s toilet tank repair month in the US []. Perhaps we should take a leaf out their book?

In the US 70,000 gallons of water are lost each year through leaky toilet cisterns – one in four of all cisterns across the country. Here in the UK thousands of litres are lost. It is important to ensure that the cistern is maintained.

To repair leaks or replace leaky ball valves why not give your local Drain Doctor a call on 0800 3357 999 to receive dazzling levels of service that should lead to a national awareness day in the UK.


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Don’t let blocked drains give you a Halloween scare!

A pumpkin carved into a jack-o'-lantern for Ha...

A pumpkin carved into a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the nights draw in and we get ready to set the clocks back, we would like to let you know about a scary new problem that can affect the UK’s sinks and drains at this time of year.

Halloween, ‘trick or treat’ and pumpkin lanterns are becoming increasingly popular in the UK at the end of October.

Along with the pumpkin carving comes the problem of what to do with the sticky waste from inside the vegetables. When pumpkin pulp goes down the kitchen sink drain, the orange flesh hardens and sticks to the pipes, leading to clogged drains.

The trick to keeping pumpkin pulp and seeds from turning Halloween into a plumbing nightmare is as easy as pie.

  • Instead of carving your jack-o’-lantern over the kitchen sink, try doing it on a pile of newspaper on the counter or kitchen table. You need to be careful when removing and disposing of the pumpkin’s sticky insides.
  • Keep the paper well away from the sink. Carefully wrap the pulp and then either bin it or – better still – put it in the compost heap.
  • Instead of throwing the away the seeds, Halloween revellers can plant some for next year’s crop of Halloween pumpkins.
  • The seeds can also be roasted for a tasty and nutritious seasonal snack.

If you are unlucky enough to get a blocked drain give Drain Doctor a call on 0800 33 57 999

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Autumn brings leafy problems for drains and gutters

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves (Photo credit: blmiers2)

Autumn is here and the leaves are providing a kaleidoscope of colour in our parks, gardens and countryside. But soon the leaves will be falling and blocking drains and gutters in homes and businesses up and down the country. The blockages caused by a build up of leaves in the drainage system can cause problems with toilets and kitchen and bathroom sinks and drains inside your property.

Not only that, rainwater overflowing from blocked gutters can cause water to pour down external walls causing potential problems with damp later.

To help you avoid these problems Drain Doctor is offering some tips to prevent drains getting blocked.

  • Watch where the leaves are falling. Breezes can cause them to blow around and collect in gutters and drains. Sweep leaves up as they fall, bag them and take them to the compost heap.
  • Get covered. You can buy covers for drains and downpipes in guttering systems to prevent fallen leaves getting into the drainage system.
  • Arrange a CCTV inspection of your drains with a trained Drain Doctor technician to check for potential problems that can be rectified before they become a serious issue in the winter months.

If you are unable to clear guttering or drains by hand give Drain Doctor a call on 0800 3357 999. A fully trained technician can clear any blockages in gutters and drains to keep everything flowing smoothly.


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Metal theft affecting plumbers

A heap of scrap metal.

A heap of scrap metal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

News of a spate of plumbing thefts from public toilets in the US has got police on the look out for a professional. It is believed that the parts are being taken for scrap metal as prices for scrap – both in the US and the UK – on the increase. However, it’s not an average metal thief being sought. Whoever is taking the taps and fixtures knows what they are doing because the water is being turned off and proper tools are being used to remove the parts according to this report.

Metal theft is a serious problem in the UK. According to figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) there are approximately 1,000 incidents of metal theft reported every week at a cost to the UK economy of £770 million.

Popular targets for metal thieves in the UK are municipal manholes and drain covers. However, plumbers across the country have reported the theft of copper from their vans. And it’s not just the theft of materials from unguarded vans. According to the Country Landowners Association, recently a gang stripped out the copper pipework of 16 toilets, six showers and 12 basins overnight from a campsite in Wales.

During the course of their work Drain Doctor technicians should always be on the lookout for metal thieves and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

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