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What is a Soakaway?

A soakaway is a very effective way of dealing with surface water.  Traditional soakaways collect all the surface water run-off into one point and then allow the water to percolate in a controlled manner into the surrounding ground/earth in the area where it falls.  A soakaway drain feeds the water into the central collection point.  […]

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Drain Maintenance: getting to the root of the issue

Trees are a much-loved part of the British landscape. Success in creating a sustainable and pleasant environment is often measured by how many trees have been preserved or planted. Yet trees are also regularly blamed for causing damage to the built environment, including buildings, walls, and underground drainage pipes. In some parts of the UK, […]

Wastewater responsibility

A Guide to Wastewater Responsibility

A grim topic, and not one that we like to think about. Often wastewater is out of sight, therefore out of mind. making dealing with your wastewater pipes not the highest of priorities. However, it should be and often there is confusion around who is responsible for what sewage pipes. To help, UKDN Waterflow have […]

Clean water responsibility

A Guide to Clean Water Responsibility

Boundaries, an issue that is constantly questioned by customers and professionals alike as to who is responsible? Well we can shed some light on this and help put your minds at ease as to who looks after what. First of all we would like to bring your attention to the illustration below. Here you will […]

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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 […]

French Drain

What is a French Drain?

A French drain is a drainage system designed to drain water from land. It is often associated with ensuring the ground does not become water-logged near a structure, such as a wall, or building. French drains come in many forms. The are also known as weeping drains, filter drains, trench drains, curtain drains, and land […]

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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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