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At Preston it’s ‘dress up Friday’

22/03/2012

Most people have heard of  ‘dress down Friday’, when those of us who have to dress smartly for work get to wear casual gear for the day. But at Lanes for Drains Preston, staff members Kirsty and Steph decided they’d like to make their own rules in a fund-raising effort so have agreed on a ‘dress…

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Lanes finds solution to householder’s sewage saga

09/02/2012

After nearly two years of serious sewage issues and much legal wrangling, a householder in Cheshire is finally free of drainage problems, thanks to Lanes for Drains. The cottage’s sewage system was a 100-year old septic tank, but the pipes to it had been damaged during work at the adjoining property. This meant that the…

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Highways and byways: Prevention is better than cure for gullies

06/02/2012

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….

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Interceptors Unplugged

02/02/2012

Surface water drains, including land drains and most road drains, are designed to carry only uncontaminated rainwater to a local river, stream or soakaway. Run-off which is contaminated by silt, chemicals or oil, could pollute the watercourse. That’s why interceptors, also called oil separators, are fitted to surface water drainage systems — to protect the…

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High-tech Lanes for Drains reveals secrets of the past

24/01/2012

Lanes for Drains has used its 21st Century sewer surveillance technology to reveal the 200-year-old hidden secrets of one of the UK’s largest man-made reservoirs. The company was called in to work on a £5.5m project to repair a dam at the 108 hectare Chasewater reservoir near Lichfield in Staffordshire, owned by Staffordshire County Council….

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Surface Water Drainage Maintenance

06/12/2011

Surface water drainage is taken for granted. We expect all those grates and gulleys to cope with anything, right? Even when we don’t bother to make sure they’re capable of taking the strain. And it’s not hard to see how drains become clogged — general silt and debris such as leaf mulch will quickly block…

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Are you connected to the wrong drain?

23/11/2011

Misconnection of washing machines and dishwashers is a common problem in domestic properties. One water company reported as many as 400 incidents in which household drains and appliances were incorrectly plumbed in to the wrong drainage system — surface water rather than foul water. That means that they were polluting the watercourses. It also means…

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