A Simple Guide to Underground Drainage

Getting to grips with everything on and below your property can help you ensure that you provide the right amount of maintenance to reduce the risk of the property costing you a fortune in the long run especially when it comes to your drainage.


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When it comes to underground drainage not only do you need the right tools but also a good amount of skills and knowledge.  Even though installing underground drainage isn’t the most complicated task in the world, if you get it wrong not only could you cause a huge amount of damage but also find yourself in trouble with your local Building Control Department!

This is why Drain Depot has created our own guide explaining how underground drainage works – perfect for beginners or anyone who needs to refresh their memory.  Don’t forget that if you have any further questions to get in touch with our team of friendly experts who will be happy to help.

Tip 1 – Get to know the Building Control Department

The Building Control Department will be your main point of contact when it comes to ensuring that your underground drainage project is feasible and, more importantly, doesn’t break any laws.  If you are planning on installing or adapting underground drainage then you must contact them before you start any work.

However, if you are just repairing a broken element of your underground drainage then you may not need their permission – it’s always best to double check though!  For more information visit their website or give them a call on 020 7091 6860.

Tip 2 – Learn your Drain Types

Drainage systems here in the UK can sometimes be confusing as they vary wildly depending on when they were installed.  However, generally there are two types of drainage systems:

- Foul water – this comprises of sewage and grey …

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Addressing Noisy Plumbing

A plumbing system could create many noises – yet it shouldn’t. Each and every noise tells you something as to what is asking out for correction. You just need to interpret the sound to apply the treatment. To detect noisy plumbing, you have to figure out first whether the unnecessary sounds occur on the system’s inlet side-in other words, once water is turned on-or on the drain side. Noises on the inlet side have various reasons: excessive water pressure, worn valve and faucet parts, badly attached pumps or other appliances, improperly placed pipe fasteners, and plumbing runs containing way too many tight bends and other restrictions. Noises on the drain side typically come from bad location or, as with some inlet side noise, a layout containing limited bends. Nevertheless, in order to understand each noise you hear, listed below are the 3 common sounds that you may possibly hear and determine the causes of it.


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Squeaking and Creaking
Normally you’ll simply hear creaking and squeaking noises from your hot water pipes. This is due to the hot water pipes widening and contracting with temperature changes. When the pipes expand, they begin to move inside of the straps holding them. Whenever they cool down, they’re going to contract. The scrubbing of the pipes going around result in the squeaking and creaking sounds. These sounds are stopped by adding cushions on the pipes in which the strapping is so the noise is not heard when contracting and expanding.

Rattling Pipe Sound
This shaking rattling sound which can take place when shutting off a faucet is often a result of waves of water pressure and a challenge that develops more in older homes than newer ones. This sound can also take place when water rapidly goes into a pipe that doesn’t flow freely, probably because of a change in direction in the piping such as an elbow connection or a “T” joint. In instances where the cause is water pressure waves, air chambers and shock absorption fittings generally are a solution.

If any type of sediment begins accumulating in the pipes, it will limit how much space that the water can flow through. Sometimes, this results in a whistling sound when the water is turned on. Whistling is a sign that pipes are too small. This may be resolved through pressure-reducing valves set up where the source of the whistling is originating from. Normally, this is around the area of the bends or “T”s found in the pipes.

There are several noise which can emanate from the plumbing system. These are three frequent ones but there are plenty of more and depending on where noise is originating from and the sort of noise, as they can signal an issue or a simple repair. If you are not absolutely clear on exactly what the cause is, a professional should be consulted. You dont want to take a risk with your plumbing considering that the impact of a busted pipe on your residence and the resulting cleanup effort could be substantial.

Quieting Noisy Water Pipes

“You plumbing system should be silent as much as possible. But when you hear number of noises, then you must wonder why it is so. Each noise tells you something about what is calling out for correction. You just have to interpret the sound to apply the cure.”


Water flowing in pipes can cause all kinds of weird noises. We all know what water running through a pipe sounds like, but what about some of those other plumbing sounds – like creaks or cracking sounds, rattling, whistling and the most annoying or scary of them all, that loud banging noise? Let’s look at what causes those sounds and how you can fix them.

Creaks or a cracking sound
These are usually caused by the expansion and contraction of the water pipes themselves. As hot water runs through a pipe, it naturally heats the pipe, causing it to expand slightly. Once the water stops flowing, the pipe cools and the metal contracts, resulting in the creaking or cracking sound. The easiest way to fix this is to put some insulation around the pipe, or if the pipe is running through a tight fitting hole in the wood framing, cut a notch in the framing so the pipe can expand and then contract without that creaking sound.

Here the water pipe is wrapped securely to keep it from banging against the air duct.

The cause and remedy are similar to the cracking sound. The rattling sound comes from the pressure of water running through a loosely attached pipe, causing it to vibrate slightly. When a loose pipe vibrates against something solid, like framing or the strapping designed to hold it tightly, you hear the rattling sound. Stopping the pipe from vibrating will fix the rattle. Put some cushioning around the pipe or …



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Water heater is an appliance that will last for several years. That’s the reason why we actually don’t put so much focus on it. But in case the water heater stops working or does not work properly any more, then it’s the perfect time to purchase another one. But first you need to know things that you have to put into consideration prior to buying the replacement unit.

1.    Do you want a tank or tankless model?

Normal storage water heaters use a tank to heat the water inside it. It is preferred by some since the tank water heater are less costly in comparison with tankless. Tankless units heat water are now on-demand and are more cost-effective. Yet, volume is fewer and a single tankless unit is commonly suited to serve no more than two hot water demand points at a time. It’s an energy efficient option, however has a high initial equipment cost at sometimes two or three times the cost of a conventional water heater.

2.    What type of power?

When you buy a water heater, you may always want to have an effective and cost-effective one. Water heater uses different sources of energy such as solar, atmospheric gas, electric and more. When you want of saving fuel cost, go for solar water heater. And when you desire to be more environmental friendly, go for a natural gas heater. Also when you compare the operating costs of electric and gas water heater, the latter is more economical.

3.    What size do you need?

The water heater with right size will assure that it’ll satisfy the family’s hot water needs as well as make sure no energy is being wasted. You need to understand the peak demand, measured in gallons per hour (gph). Then evaluate tank water heaters on the same gph grounds to find out the amount of gallons of storage are necessary to fulfill this demand. The water heater capacity usually depends on the family size. For a family of 3, the average demand is 50-60 while for a family of 6-7, it would commonly needs 80 to 100 gallons.

4.    Where will it be installed?

It’s really a common situation that replacement water heaters are placed on the same location of the old one. Yet, you must identify the height and width to make certain enough space is available for installation since there may be changes on the size or power of your water heater. As an example, in case your hot water use raises and you must upgrade to a bigger tank size, it could be necessary to run plumbing to a different area so the new, larger unit will fit. No matter it can be, it is still advisable to let a professional plumber decide on the correct spot.

Water heater replacement should not be done for those who are not really familiar with it. It takes a skill and knowledge to carry out such activity. And so when you’re unclear on your decisions, you have to seek out professional guidance. A plumber is the ideal person that can assist you with this and they can guarantee you that every little thing will be setup correctly.