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Don’t let your new business pour money down the drain

Setting up a business or moving to a new location is an exciting yet challenging time. There’s a lot to think about and – if you’re not careful – a lot to forget about, too. One such issue is drainage, which can incur considerable expenses down the line if left unattended. To help commercial buyers […]

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Don’t let your new home pour money down the drain

Moving into a new home is an exciting yet challenging time. There’s a lot to think about and – if you’re not careful – a lot to forget about, too. One such issue is drainage, which can incur considerable expenses down the line if left unattended. To help new-buyers begin their new adventure, we’ve assembled a […]

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What is Trap Plumbing?

The main feature of a trap, such as the U-bend (invented by Thomas Crapper in 1880), is that it holds standing water. This prevents sewer gases in the drains coming back into the building, but still allows waste to pass through into the sewer system. After a toilet, sink or bath has been used, the […]

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What is a French Drain?

A French drain (also known as land drain, perimeter drain, French ditch, sub-surface drain, sub-soil drain or agricultural drain) is a trench filled with gravel or rock or containing a perforated pipe. Its purpose is to redirect surface water and groundwater away from an area, so prevent it from penetrating or damaging building foundations. It […]

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What is a Sustainable Urban drainage system (SuDS)?

Sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDs) offer a natural approach to managing drainage. When vegetation and permeable surfaces are replaced by concrete, paving or roofed structures, less surface water is absorbed into the ground and more is directed to the surface water drains. Instead of channelling surface water through a network of pipes to a watercourse, […]

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What is a Sink Macerator?

Food macerators in commercial kitchens will be banned in England and Wales from 2018. They are already outlawed in Scotland (2016) and Northern Ireland (2017). Food waste disposal units were originally seen as a quick way to dispose of food which would otherwise go to landfill, but today food recycling is increasingly the norm in […]

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Lead Water Pipes

The use of lead water pipes was banned in the 1970s because of health risks, however properties built before then may still contain lead pipework. Health risks of lead in drinking water Lead builds up in the body over time. Children are particularly at risk as lead has been shown to have an adverse impact […]

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What is a catch pit?

A catch pit is an empty chamber that is installed into a drainage system to prevent silt and debris from building up and causing blockages. Wastewater flows into the catch pit through an inlet pipe that is always raised above the floor level of the pit. Any sediment in the wastewater will settle at the […]

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What is an interceptor?

A two-stage interceptor, also known as a separator, is a filter system which separates common oils and contaminants from wastewater before it enters the main sewage system. The pollutants are then stored in the interceptor to be removed and disposed of appropriately. Wastewater enters into the first chamber of the interceptor through an inlet. It […]

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The Dirty Dozen

At UKDN Waterflow, we’ve put together our Drainage Dirty Dozen so that you know how to keep your drainage systems — at work and at home — happy and healthy. We’ve even created a downloadable poster which you can print and display to help spread awareness about good drainage practices. Click here to download your Dirty […]

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