Apr 07

Regular customer?

Are you a regular customer of Clearflow drains?
Then why not enquire about opening a drain cleaning account.
For companies that use our drain services on a regular basis, we offer 30 day accounts, so it’s easier for you to pay us. We know that it’s not always easy to get hold of funds during an emergency, so opening an account with us gives you peace of mind that you can rely on us to come and clear your blocked drain when the need arises.
We are available 24/7

Mar 12

The dangers of drain cleaning chemicals.

We attended a job today where the customer had tried to clear the blocked drains themselves using a drain cleaning chemical and a plunger, the plunger caused the drain acid to splash into her husbands eye putting him in hospital with a very serious eye injury. So we have put together a few tips to prevent further accidents.

Chemical drain cleaners like caustic soda and ‘ one shot ‘ work by eating away at the blockage. Care should be taken with their use as they can blind and burn skin. If correctly used, these products are extremely effective, particularly for blockages deeper in the drain.

Either liquid or crystal in form, chemical drain cleaners are generally poured into the drain opening and allowed to sit for a period of time. During this period the sink, bath etc. must not be used. When using a chemical drain cleaner always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Never mix one type of drain cleaner with another.
Never mix drain cleaners with other cleaning products as toxic fumes may be produced.
Always ensure good ventilation when using chemical drain cleaners.
Don’t allow drain cleaners to remain in contact with porcelain or enamel surfaces for any length of time as the caustic nature of the cleaner will degrade the finish.
Never us a plunger on a drain which contains drain cleaner – you run the risk of splash-back and severe chemical burns.
If you are not completely confident in your ability to use these products, then don’t attempt it,
You can always give us a call 24 hours a day for some free advise.

Mar 07

Drain Re-lining.

From a drain patch re-liner to a manhole to manhole re-line Clearflow Drains has the knowledge, expertise and equipment to carry out the works professionally and efficiently.

Cracks, root intrusion and open and displaced joints can cause many problems within a drainage system, from a blockage to a total collapse. Many faults can be rectified with the installation of a Reline (No-dig Technology).

The advantages of drain re-lining.
Pipe re-lining offers the no-dig alternative to messy and disruptive excavations, saving time, money and inconvenience.

Drain re-lining is a proven and established method of placing a new pipe within the existing damaged pipe thus restoring the integrity of the drain.

From a localised structural repair (patch repair) to a chamber to chamber re-line – Clearflow Drains has the technology, experience and expertise.

Repairs/ Excavations
Re-Lining isn’t suitable for every application, where necessary we are equipped to carry out traditional excavation methods for drainage repair or replacement.

Mar 04

Proud members of checkatrade.com

A big thank you to all the customers who provided positive feedback to checkatrade.com
It’s good to know that we passed their very strict vetting process.
We try to go the extra mile to give good honest customer service. we really do value our reputation and it’s good to know that our customers scored us so high.

Mar 01

High Pressure Water Jetting.

Efficient drainage is never a problem until it stops working. All drainage systems need cleaning at some point in time. Scale, silt, fat and grease inevitably accumulate, reducing capacity and flow, and can even cause a total blockage.

High pressure water jetting is an effective cleaning technique for use in drains, sewers and pipework systems. It can be used to remove relatively soft silt or hard substances such as scale or cement.

Blockages in drains, sewers and stack pipes can be cleaned using this highly effective technique. Powerful jets of water developing pressures of up to 4000psi strip deposits from pipe walls, flush out debris and restore free-flowing conditions.

High pressure water jetting can also be used to ensure that process pipework is clean and clear of obstructions. Naturally, when scale and residue build up, manufacturing efficiency declines. Boiler scale, polymer resins, carbon deposits, milk scale and even concrete can be prised away with relative ease.

Feb 22

Out of sight, out of mind?

Most businesses don’t give their drains a second thought – they’re very much out of sight and out of mind. But when there’s a problem like a blockage or poor drainage it can cause flooding and costly disruption.

If left un-repaired a blockage, which would cost just Tens of pounds to repair, could lead to flooding costing a few thousand pounds worth of damage and disruption. In the worst case scenario this could lead to the drain collapsing, costing tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds to repair.

Clearflow Drains offer a range of services from CCTV drain surveys to jetting and rodding to remove blockages.

How we do it
Surveys: CCTV drain surveys are a cost-effective way to carry out inspections of your drains, with little impact on your day-to-day operations. We can also provide a DVD of high quality images and condition reports.

Remove blockages: We use a variety of methods, including jetting and cleaning, root cutting and rodding.

Maintenance: Regular cleaning of your private drains can prevent blockages, helping to avoid costly repairs and the associated disruption. It is worth carrying out regular maintenance checks every two years, but if you have a history of problems with the drains then you may wish to do this as frequently as every six months.

Refurbishment and repair: Whether you need a broken drain repairing or section of your drainage network replacing, we can help. We have the expertise to do most drain rehabilitation and repair work, from patch repairs to full pipe renewal.

Feb 18

Commercial and Domestic Drainage.

We highly value all of our commercial customers, and commit to offering excellent service.

We welcome the opportunity to become familiar with your requirements and to working with you to solve your drainage problems. We offer a professional service with a personal touch and at low prices.

Some of the industry sectors we currently work with include:

Facilities Management/Letting Agents/ Block Management
Builders/ Property Developers
Housing Associations
Light Industrial
Nursing Homes
Doctors/dentists/medical centres.

Whatever the nature of your business and however small or large the problem – from a one off blocked toilet to an annual contract we are happy to help.

Feb 14

Tips to help keep your Drains Clear, and prevent Blockages.

A blocked drain in or around the home is something that can not only cause damage to your home; it can be a really smelly problem as well. If you can keep your drains functioning properly and with little problems, you’ll find that blockages and other issues rarely arise.
Prevention is usually far more effective than cure, and with these helpful tips and tricks you’ll find it far easier to keep your drains running smoothly.

Hot water

To maintain your indoor drains, one of the easiest ways to keep them clear and free from blockages is to pour boiling water down them on a regular basis. A kettle full of boiling water once a week can be a substantial help in removing build ups of fats, oil and grease and preventing blocked drains.
If you do this regularly enough you’ll find that it keeps your drains clear and prevents the need for any drastic action because something has gone wrong further down the line.

Baking soda and vinegar

While it’s not a good idea to use strong chemical cleaners on your drains, as you can never be sure what they’ll react with and if they will damage your drains, you can use a weaker cleaner.
The best solution is a combination of baking soda and vinegar poured down the drain, followed by hot water. You will be able to hear a small chemical reaction occurring once you have done this. This reaction helps to remove stubborn dirt and grime and should be done two to three times a year as a form of seasonal maintenance.

Watch what you drop down the drains

One of the best ways to maintain your drains is by being extremely careful with what you put down them. While most drains are designed to carry waste and small items such as toilet roll, waste pipes don’t deal very well with grease and fat from food, cleansing wipes, dental floss, nappies or sanitary products.
You should be very wary about what you leave to go down your drains and should try and dispose of waste into the rubbish bin where possible. With fats and grease you can pour them into a bottle or food storage container and dispose of them into the garbage.

Clear debris from outside

If you’re trying to keep your drains outside well maintained, it’s a good idea to make sure they are clear of debris at the point at which they enter the ground. This involves checking your gullies for leaves and twigs in order to ensure that they don’t restrict water flow at any point.
Remember, if you need any further advice or professional help with drain unblocking don’t hesitate to call us, Our professional engineers are always on hand to offer help and support.

Feb 11

Drain unblocking.

A blockage in your drain, sink or toilet could be caused by a number of factors, but whatever is causing the blockage, our high strength and powerful drain clearing and cleaning tools cure the problem quickly, accurately and with a minimum of mess.

Feb 02

Anywhere. Anytime.. Day or night.

Blocked drains can happen at any time, and when your drains or sewers are blocked or stop working you need the problem solved quickly and efficiently.

We are able to offer a local, fast, friendly and cost effective service to clean and repair any domestic or commercial blocked drain, sewer or toilet 24 hours a day.
For unblocking the really severe blockages we use our high pressure water jetting system.

This is an extremely efficient system to remove the most challenging of blocked drains or sewers. We can also carry CCTV drain survey inspections and manhole inspections.
Our Fixed Fee Service means you will never pay more than the price agreed over the phone.