Drains

The risks of unblocking drains with chemicals

The risks of unblocking drains with chemicals

/ January 28, 2013 10:59 am

Last week one of our top drainage engineers, John Balzaretti, was called out to fix a blocked bath. Normally this would be a standard job for John, but the events that lead up to the home owner calling PGS Services for help warranted a blog entry. Initially, the home owner had tried to unblock the slow draining bath tub. The most common methods for this are either using chemicals such [...]

How to tell if your drains are blocked

How to tell if your drains are blocked

/ September 26, 2012 11:32 am

Blocked drains are an annoyance for most property owners. They’re often caused by too many¬†foreign objects being flushed down the toilet, clogging up the drainage pipes leading to the sewers. Fat and grease also builds up in sewers, which can cause vast blockages. Amusingly, these fat build ups in drains are called “fat bergs” (had to mention that phrase!). It’s important to know what are the actual signs of your [...]

Over 3billion litres of water lost each day

Over 3billion litres of water lost each day

/ June 8, 2012 10:26 am

It’s recently come to light that UK water companies are losing a massive amount of water each day due to water leaks. Approximately 3billion (yes, billion!) litres a day are lost through water leaks. However, despite there being a hosepipe ban and an apparent drought in southern and central england – some companies will not have to cut their leakage until at least 2015. Data gathered by Ofwat, the regulator [...]

Desalination

Desalination

/ May 4, 2012 11:44 am

Desalination is the process of filtering out the salt from sea water, so it can be consumed without any damaging effect to our bodies. The reason that today’s blog is on desalination is to tie in with recent blog posts – which have been mainly focussing on the drought. As fresh water is becoming harder to come by due to a lack of rainfall, water companies and the government are [...]

Water bills: What is surface water drainage?

Water bills: What is surface water drainage?

/ April 16, 2012 11:45 am

In most cases, when paying your water you you might think that you’re just paying out for the water you use – but actually you’re paying for a lot more. On your water bill, one of the other things you pay for is surface water drainage, and this is exactly what I’ll be covering in today’s blog. Surface water drainage is the terminology used for the collection of excess water [...]

Where does waste water go?

Where does waste water go?

/ November 16, 2011 12:04 pm

The process of recycling waste water is often overlooked by the general public. Pumping dirty water into the sea isn’t really a practical option when we will ultimately end up drinking it again ¬†- so recycling and treating waste water is paramount in creating a sustainable solution for keeping safe water running through our taps. When the water reaches a sewage treatment plant, it’ll get pumped into a large circular [...]

Private sewers to transfer to water companies

Private sewers to transfer to water companies

/ July 18, 2011 2:13 pm

Sometimes privately owned sewers can cause costly complications when blockages or damages occur – especially when companies with less than transparent pricing structures are called in to fix blockages. Changes have been proposed by Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, to transfer all the private sewers running under people’s gardens, property or in the road to the water companies who in most part are responsible for the main sewers and water drainage. [...]

Photo Blog: Unblocking Drains

Photo Blog: Unblocking Drains

/ July 8, 2011 10:12 am

Recently PGS expanded its services into unblocking drains and we’re encouraging our new engineers to send in photos of them working for us to put on our various social media outlets. Our drainage engineer, John, decided to send in some pictures of his drainage van and some recent jobs. Here they are: