How to Choose The Right Drainage System for Paved Areas

Paved areas need their own type of drainage system as they’re generally impermeable to water. This means rainfall or other water will flow on their surface and this can easily lead to nasty build ups and flooding. With that in mind, the first step to creating a strong drainage system begins before the paving has even been … Continue reading

Protecting Drains From Rodents

Improperly installed or damaged drainage can easily be the precursor to a rat infestation of your home or business. The drains of your properties connect to sewers that are teeming with the vermin, so ensuring your drains are in good working order is crucial to protecting yourself from disease carrying pests. It is also important, … Continue reading

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 3

This week in our sanitary piping series were covering the last element of a sanitary plumbing system; discharge stacks.   Discharge Stacks All branch discharge pipes eventually reach the discharge stack; the pipe that discharges the sanitary waste into a drain. A key property of a discharge stack is that it is vented ( as … Continue reading

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 2

Our last post was on understanding sanitary piping covered tracks. This week we will discuss branch discharge pipes and their role in the plumbing system. Branch Discharge Pipes Plumbing appliances such as toilets, showers and sinks connect to the primary drainage pipes through branch discharge pipes. These pipes are simply smaller drainage pipes feeding into … Continue reading

Sanitary Piping Best Practices 1

The main elements of sanitary pipework  are: Traps Branch discharge pipes Discharge Stacks Traps In the field of plumbing, pipework and drainage, a trap is a shaped pipe that retains water. The retained water acts as a seal to prevent foul air from escaping out of the system and into the building. The depth of … Continue reading

Protect Your House with Garden Gnomes

As well as beautifying your lacking garden with their jolly presence, garden gnomes created by the price comparison website confused.com (of all things) now double as a home CCTV system. Akin to the roving perforated eye of a suspicious painting, the equally suspicious garden gnomes are equipped with a glowing red bionic eye. ‘Handily’, only one of the eyes … Continue reading

Calculating Wall Thickness During Building Part 2

Following on from Part 1 of our wall thickness sequence, this article looks at variables that can affect the stability of cavity walls. For cavity walls in coursed brickwork or blockwork: What is a cavity wall? A cavity wall is where the wall is composed of two ‘leafs’; an external and an internal wall separating a cavity. The cavity … Continue reading

Calculating Wall Thickness During Building Part 1

During building, wall thickness is a balance between creating the maximum amount of room space whilst ensuring that the house is structurally secure and stable. Other factors to be taken into account are the materials used in the construction of the wall, the number of storeys of the building and the storey that the wall … Continue reading

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Ventilation of Roofs to Prevent Condensation

Pitched Roofs A pitched roof is defined as a roof with a slope of 15 degrees or more. To ensure adequate ventilation of the roof space, every pitched roof should have openings at the eaves, between the ceiling and the roof itself. The total area of roof strips required under the eaves is equal to 10 mm … Continue reading

Jail for Asbestos Firm Director

Serving as another warning to householders over the threat of rogue contractors and tradesmen, a seemingly reputable asbestos firm was uncovered to be an unlicensed, illegal business engaged in dangerous practices. The director was hauled before Southwark Crown Court, where on the 13th of September this year he was found to be guilty of three breaches … Continue reading