By Zak on 05/02/2016

I am ZAK, the Drain Doctor Dog and my master, Nick Cousins, Gloucestershire's Drain Doctor, has asked me to write a regular blog for our business. Not something I've done before but do I get to see life in the business from qauite a different perspective especially when he thinks I’m always asleep under the desk!!

I’m usually in our office in Maisemore most weekdays so have a fairly good idea of what is going on. It’s a busy office with phones constantly ringing which does disturb my sleep but Nick and the Team seem to think this kind of noise is great…..personally I prefer the ding dong of my master’s laptop shutting down because I know it’s time to go home for dinner and a long walk….

Anyway, welcome to my first Dog Blog – hope you enjoy it. Please feel free to provide feedback or even share it and if there’s any insights into the drainage or plumbing world that you would like just let me know and I’ll try to include it in later Dog Blogs. Excuse any typos as well – these keyboards are not really designed for my paws…….

Not sure how many of you know what we truly get up to but it’s quite amazing the variety of things we are asked to do - from extracting drain rods that have got stuck, cutting roots out, cleaning and lining drains, laying new ones, CCTVing drains or even locating them and that’s just for starters!! And then there's plumbing.......

We also occasionally rescue dogs that get stuck down them. Last year we assisted the local Fire Service by using our special sound locating equipment to find Flossie the terrier so we could then dig down to rescue her……not an everyday requirement but we certainly achieved a happy outcome for all concerned. You won’t find me down one of those holes although I quite enjoy chasing rabbits……

Drain Doctor Gloucestershire rescues Flossie the terrier

It’s also amazing what we find down drains so I thought I’d start by offering some tips as to what NOT to put down drains (unless you want to call Drain Doctor Gloucestershire out of course!!)

Last week we were called out to a blocked drain only to find a rather large door lock down it – know anyone who’s mislaid a blue door lock?

Blue Lock found by in a drain Drain Doctor Glouecstershire

Drain Doctor Gloucestershire regularly gets called out for drain blockages where wipes, thick blue paper towels, nappies and even cat litter have been put down.

Even worse is fat and grease – I know Xmas has just been (mmmm- remember that delicious turkey) but can I politely suggest you DON’T pour ANY fat down your drain.

Grease sticks to the inside of your drainpipes and over time can build up causing the drains to block. You can use commercial products to dissolve the grease but this is not a permanent solution.

I know we’re open 24/7 every day of the year (including Christmas Day) but you’d enjoy your weekend roast even more if you don’t have to call Drain Doctor Gloucestershire out.

ZAK’S TOP TIP: Let the fat go cold and dispose of it via your bin or use a fat trap to collect it and then dispose of it in the bin.

Not sure what to put down your sink or your toilet well here’s a handy list:

  • Fats, oils or grease from cars or lawnmowers
  • Coffee grinds or Egg shells
  • Chunks of food or bones (even in a waste disposal)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Motor oil, transmission fluids, anti-freeze
  • Solvents, paints, turpentine, nail polish /remover
  • Flushable cat litter
  • Corrosive substances - either acidic or caustic
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Rags
  • Condoms
  • Paper towels or baby wipes

Hope that was useful and you enjoyed reading my first Dog Blog – please share or provide feedback. 

Thanks for reading - I’m off to for my walk now, followed by dinner and then hopefully a nap ………. hope to see you soon for my next Dog Blog.



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