Best Practice

The Best Practice series cover an array of topics, from the initial drainage installation, set by on-site groundworkers, to septic tanks and cesspits.

We offer advice on all the necessary dos and don’ts, with best practice information for maintenance, installation and problem prevention. We aim to equip you with knowledge and understanding, so that you can reduce the risk of drainage disasters adversely affecting your staff, customers, tenants, patients and families — and ultimately your business.

These Best Practice Guides also give a basic insight into the relevant legislation such as the septic tank sewage treatment plant legislation implemented as law from 1st January 2015, and more.

Each guide offers details specific to the sector and / or the topic it covers, so that you’re able to put in place a plan that works for you.

For more information click on the links below. Or simply call us on 0800 526 488.

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Drainage guide: new builds

To ensure the avoidance of considerable inconvenience to any new builds, steps must be taken to future-proof the property. As the drainage systems have not been ‘stress-tested’ it is uncertain the capabilities of the systems. This guide also provides information on the new model of SuDs (sustainable drainage systems) and also pre-existing systems.

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Disposal of fat, oil and grease: a guide for the food industry

With a lot of existing sewers within the UK purposed for a Victorian lifestyle, their proficiency cannot endure the waste of the 21st Century. Fat, oil and grease (FOG) are the cause of around 80% of sewer blockages, and the effects can be seen in the form of ‘fatbergs’. With food service establishments (FSEs) dominating high streets, companies need to understand the importance of the proper disposal of FOGs, as it is also a criminal offence to disregard of them incorrectly.

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septic-tank-bps-web-imageSeptic tanks: a guide for property owners

Whilst most homes are connected to the public wastewater system, there are some that are not and such need to install a septic tank. Septic tanks allow for the collection of waste and wastewater to then be emptied and cleaned regularly. It is the home owner’s responsibility to regularly keep on top of their septic tank, as they are covered by specific legislation such as Building Regulations 2010 and Public Health Act 1936. This guide gives a thorough insight into how to correctly care for your septic tank.



civils-web-image-bpsDrainage installation: getting it right the first time

This best practice guide showcases what you should and shouldn’t do when installing a new drainage system. This is to minimise the amount of damage that may occur if it is not installed correctly. Which in turn would result in substandard drainage performance and annoyance for the property owner.

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As hospitals operate around the clock, it is essential that everything runs smoothly. Blocked drains within a busy hospital can disrupt things massively, from closures of wards to whole departments. Hospitals are not exempt from drain care, they need to ensure that nothing is being flushed that is not allowed. Lanes have devised a best practice guide to understand the implications that blockages can have on the NHS.

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distribution-image-1Logistics and Distribution

Over time, distribution and warehousing sites can expand rapidly. During this time, drains can face neglect, this can be due to systems becoming lost. There are a number of standards that many distribution and logistics companies follow, one being the ISO 14001 standard, which specifies the requirements of an environmental management system. Lanes can help these companies with the drainage asset information required to ensure that there are no pollution incidents.

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surface-water-image-1Surface Water and Flooding

Surface water, also known as rainwater, is dealt with differently to wastewater. It is channelled into roof gutters, downspouts and road gullies which is then flowed into the surface water drains and sewers, opposed to the public sewer network. The government are constantly monitoring strategies to reduce the risk of flooding, however no single body is responsible for managing flooding. This guide presents information on what implications can come from different types of drainage and what one can do to reduce the risk of flooding.

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reline bp guideA Guide to Drainage Relining

Today, our engineers can repair drains and sewers without having to dig into the ground. This repair process is known as CIPP (Cured in Place Pipe) lining, which is when a damaged pipe is relined with a special liner. This procedure is normally best to reduce the amount of disruption that may be caused to the area surrounding the site. We asked Lanes’ Reline Manager, Simon Bull, to put together this best practice guide to describe the relining process further.

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pg56Robotic Cutters

Over time, careless maintenance of drains and sewer systems can cause blockages to occur. Obstructions can be caused by things such as cement, concrete, and even tree roots. Robotic cutters are essential tools in the unblocking of drains, as they reduce the amount of disturbance that can occur. Currently, there is a ongoing project to remove the gigantic ‘concreteberg’ from the sewers of London.