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The forgotten-essentials for new landlords revealed


When landlords set up a new home to rent, they are faced with a choice. Cut corners –  installing clapped-out appliances and skimping on drainage – or instead, renovate comprehensively. While the former approach can be attractive due to the possible initial savings, it’s completely flawed, given the negative repercussions that, further down the line,…

Porcelain Moans


Given that the average human spends up to three years on the toilet, it’s fair to say that we should all know a little more about what can and cannot be flushed down the loo. Between 2000 and 2008, in the US alone, $361.1bn was spent on public wastewater treatment, with the vast majority of…

The Drain Offenders


We’ve all been there. It’s Saturday morning and you’ve just devoured a bacon sandwich. You brush the crumbs from your pyjamas and slink over to the hob – it is here that you realise you have a choice to make. Should you:  A) soak up the fat with some kitchen roll and risk getting your…

How to get rid of unwanted fat: Part II


No. This is not another fad diet or latest craze in fitness regimes. It is about good housekeeping for drains and sewers.  And with bad practice costing millions of pounds a year, it is an issue which is currently being addressed by many of the UK’s water and sewerage companies; the industry’s trade association, British…

Highways and byways: Prevention is better than cure for gullies


A highway gully — sometimes spelt ‘gulley’ — is a drainage point typically covered by a metal grate at the side of the road. The gully is connected to the surface water sewer and its job is to take away excess water from the highway. Gullies may discharge, ultimately, into drains, ditches, watercourses or sewers….