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Drain Doctor is the largest residential full service plumbing and drainage company in the U.K. Whenever, wherever, or whatever your plumbing or drainage needs may be, Drain Doctor are ready to give you swift and professional service. We pride ourselves in being able to solve your plumbing or drainage problems quickly, efficiently, and with the service attitude that will make you glad you called us. Why should Drain Doctor be your first choice? You can call out our service technicians 24 hours a day 7 days a week Your telephone call will be answered by a human being, never an answerphone You will pay no extra charges for service visits outside normal working hours We will keep in constant touch with you until the job is done You will never have to pay a call-out charge You see and agree the price before work is started Your technician will be courteous, highly competent, and in uniform The Drain Doctor vans carry stock to complete most jobs then and there All work areas will be left clean and tidy When you call us Your problem will be solved quickly and professionally Telephone our national service centre At Work Because our Drain Doctor service combines expertise in both plumbing and drainage, our commercial accounts find that they only have to make one call for all their plumbing and drainage needs. Often drainage problems can be allied to plumbing problems so it is always good to have double expertise on hand. You also need a service company who will be on call, and will come out to you when you need them, not when they can fit you in. Business can be lost through delay. We pride ourselves in giving fast local service, and working to your timetable. Camera surveys, relining and all remedial repair work will be carried out by competent professionals. No job is too small or too large.

Drain Doctor dazzles again in Portugal

Drain Doctor Portugal technician Marcio Costa clears palm roots from a drain.

Sales by Drain Doctor Portugal (  have increased by 54 per cent in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010 despite challenging trading conditions.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were in Lisbon recently to support British trade and investment opportunities and highlight the work of the substantial resident British community in the country. Despite the economic difficulties facing the country we have been able to buck the trend and provide the royal visitors with an example of British overseas trade at its best. 

Portugal has requested financial assistance from the European Union to help bail out its ailing economy. However, Drain Doctor Portugal continues to go from strength to strength. Against a national background of low economic growth and high unemployment we have continued to increase our sales. 

In the first three months of 2010 our sales were up 178 per cent on the same period in 2009. Sales have increased by a further 54 percent in Q1 of 2011, demonstrating that Drain Doctor can be a virtually recession-proof business. 

We have successfully promoted Drain Doctor as the only emergency drain repair company in Portugal that provides in-situ re-lining no-dig drain repairs. This is significant in the many areas that are paved in traditional intricately patterned cobblestone called calçada, which requires a lot of time and skill to replace once dug up. 

Damage to drains by palm tree roots is very common on both domestic and commercial properties in the Algarve. Less abundant materials and dwindling numbers of craftsmen make digging up and replacing calçada expensive. That’s where Drain Doctor’s no-dig repair comes into its own. 

We saw an opportunity for business growth in this area. To increase business we have ensured that Drain Doctor carefully promoted its unique position as the only emergency drain repair company inPortugal that uses up to date no-dig repair technology. 

Drain Doctor in the Algarve region covers Loulé, Faro, Silves, Vilamoura, Portimão and Lagos. It is demonstrating the concept of Drain Doctor’s guaranteed 24 hours per day 365 days per year service with a fixed price ‘menu’ and no call-out or out-of-hours charges.


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Portugal Drain Doctor advice on keeping Legionella at bay

Since April 2010 it has been compulsory in Portugal to install thermal panels to produce hot water.

Businesses in the Algarve region need to ensure their solar heating systems are carefully maintained. Regular inspection is essential to avoid the build up of the deadly Legionella bacteria, the cause of Legionnaire’s Disease.

Since April 2010 it has been compulsory in Portugal to install thermal panels to produce hot water. This has led to the potential for an increase in Legionella bacteria in the solar water collection tanks and pipes in heating systems. In hotels and resorts it is mandatory to ensure that water in these reservoirs is heated to 70 degrees Celsius in order to prevent this potential build up.

To ensure that solar heating systems operate at their optimum level they must be regularly serviced on an annual basis. To guarantee the quality of the thermal solar collection systems professional installers and maintenance providers must be certified by the Direcção Geral de Geologia e Energia (DGGE). Installers must have the Certificate of Professional Aptitude (CAP) Technician Installer Solar Thermal Systems.

It is important to have these checks carried out by a properly qualified technician. Drain Doctor is a certificated provider of maintenance services for solar heating systems. Our maintenance technician holds the appropriate CAP certificate.

To ensure the systems are functioning to their best and to help avoid the build up of Legionella annual maintenance of the solar system should include the following: 

  • Cleaning of solar collectors.
  • Checking of the pump.
  • Adjusting the flow and pressure of the solar circuit.
  • Checking the expansion vessel.
  • Setting the preload (if necessary)
  • Verifiying of the concentration of antifreeze fluid.
  • Checking the PH of the antifreeze fluid.
  • Inspecting the structure.
  • Verifying of the security features on the collectors and circulation group.
  • Checking the temperature probes and the installation of the solar collector.
  • Visually verifying stored water.
  • Verifying of deposit magnesium anode (hot water).
  • Verifying the safety valve (hot water).
  • Checking and adjustment of the thermostatic mixing valve (hot water).
  • Renewing, if necessary, the liquid in the solar circuit or replacement of pressure in the loop.
  • Purging the solar collectors and circulation group.
  • Checking the proper functioning of clocks, thermostats and programmers. 

Drain Doctor in the Algarve region covers Loulé, Faro, Silves, Vilamoura, Portimão and Lagos. It is demonstrating the concept of Drain Doctor’s guaranteed 24 hours per day 365 days per year service with a fixed price ‘menu’ and no call-out or out-of-hours charges.

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