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Chinese exploding drain CCTV footage shows potential dangers

This dramatic footage from a CCTV camera in China shows why it is important to follow the appropriate health and safety procedures and wear personal protective clothing when dealing with drains.

Safety clearing drains

The right approach to safety is essential in clearing drains.

It is not clear what the lady in the brief film clip was trying to do but at first sight it seems she was using a stick to clear a blocked drain when it exploded in her face, apparently as the result of a build-up of methane.

Such hazards are thankfully rare but they do exist. Drain Doctor technicians are trained and equipped to deal safely with drain blockages and other plumbing and drainage problems.

If you have any concerns about a blocked drain, call the professionals – ring Drain Doctor on 0800 3357 999.


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Living with a plumber is not always easy

It's essential to have the right PPE when working alone

It’s essential to have the right PPE when working alone

It is very easy to take the day-to-day work of a Drain Doctor plumbing and drainage technician for granted. Customers see a smartly turned out technician in a uniform wearing overshoes and a carrying a mat to avoid causing problems in their homes.

But what about the times when customers don’t see them, when they are at home? The life and work of a plumber have impacts on those they live with as well as those they work for.

This blogger – who lives with a plumber – has provided a few tips on how to live with a plumber and how to stay healthy once the working day is over.

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Unused cellar door leads to huge waste clearance job

Mark Lloyd (pictured), Clive Tucker and teh Chester Drain Doctor team have celared more than 40,000 litres fo waste material from a restaurant cellar.

Mark Lloyd (pictured), Clive Tucker and the Chester Drain Doctor team have cleared more than 40,000 litres of waste material from a restaurant cellar.

Forty thousand litres and still counting. That is the amount of waste being removed from a restaurant cellar by Chester and North Wales Drain Doctor franchisees Mark Lloyd and Clive Tucker and their team.

The team was called to a local restaurant when staff reported a smell problem. Following a thorough inspection they found an entrance to a disused cellar under the building. A blocked drain leading to the cellar had ruptured causing the chamber to fill up with waste.

So far the team has removed 40,000 litres of waste material using specialist equipment. The job is ongoing, now involving the restaurant’s insurers and loss adjusters.

It just goes to show that there is no job too large for Drain Doctor to tackle. And indeed, no job too small. Drain Doctor is on hand to help with the smallest domestic blockage right up to large commercial contracts.

If you experience any blocked drains or plumbing problems call Drain Doctor on 0800 33 57 999.

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Toilet theme park opens in Korea.

White Toilet Bowl in Malaysia

White Toilet Bowl in Malaysia (Photo credit: epSos.de)

This story from the BBC is, perhaps, one of the strangest celebrations of the toilet you’re likely to see. This museum of the toilet in South Korea does have a serious side – despite the female curator interviewed being unable to stifle a giggle.

The Restroom Cultural Park in the Korean city of Suwon is claimed to be “the world’s first toilet theme park“. Its museum has exhibits including Roman loos, European-style bedpans, and ancient Korean flush toilets. Visitors can glean facts about human waste or stroll around a sculpture garden dedicated to squatting figures.

The theme park was set up to highlight the problem of providing adequate sanitation in developing countries throughout the world.

Wherever there is effective sanitation, however, we also need effective plumbers and drainage experts like Drain Doctor. If you experience blocked drains call us on 0800 3357 999.

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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 [http://www.huliq.com/8684/88051/october-national-toilet-tank-repair-month-and-more-october-trivia]. 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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