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By James Thompson, Sep 30 2019 02:39PM

Summer is over and with the onset of Autumn come jobs around the home that are a crucial part of keeping your property in good shape, while also preventing larger problems from developing such as leaks and damage to roofs.


Leaves and other organic material can block the rainwater goods of your property, and if left unchecked, can cause rainwater to overspill and potentially case damp issues and leaks on the walls of your home, while also damaging timber roofline materials such as facia boards. We have also seen properties that are of solid brick or stone wall constructions suffer from water ingress into the internal surfaces of the walls, leading to potentially costly internal repairs.


Also with the change of the seasons come storms and high winds, so it is wise to have the roof of your property checked for loose or missing tiles, lead flashings that are secure and in good condition, and pointing such as that to the ridges of the roof.


During high winds, one loose tile can be all it takes for much more serious damage to happen, so ensuring that all is well with the roof of your property is paramount. It is also prudent to keep a check on the tiles and leadwork in order to prevent rainwater ingress into your property, again, leading to more costly repairs.


Here at PM Straw Builders we provide the experience and insight you need to ensure your property is in good shape for the months ahead, potentially saving you money in the long run on more extensive repairs due to storm damage and heavy rains.


Arrange for your roof to be checked and gutters to be cleaned by calling or emailing us today.



By James Thompson, Jun 19 2019 03:42PM

With more vehicles on the road, and parking space becoming more scarce than ever, many home owners opt for a new driveway to solve the issue of getting parked anywhere near their house – Who likes to unload the car, then drive 5 minutes to find a space to park it?


Having a new driveway is a relatively simple process, often not requiring planning permission if the right specifications are met.


Advice from the online planning portal states that you will not need formal planning permission if you intend to use a permeable paving surface such as gravel, porous asphalt, or permeable block paving such as the Permapave range from Stonemarket, or, if the surface is not permeable, the rainwater run-off is directed to a surface water drain, or other permeable surface such as a lawn or gravel area.


It is also worth noting that these rules only apply to your front garden, so bear that in mind before beginning your project.


You will require planning permission if your proposed driveway exceeds 5m2, and your driveway doesn’t meet the conditions above (permeable surface / directs water run off to a permeable surface).


Also to consider is if you need to install Drop Kerbs if your access passes over a public footpath, and this is something that a registered contractor needs to complete.


PM Straw Builders have all the expertise you need to complete your driveway project to the highest standard, to improve your car parking provision, or to simply create a low maintenance area of your home in place of a lawn or garden area. Call us today for further advice, and to discuss your plans.


Disclaimer; This is an introductory guide and is not a definitive source of legal information. If in doubt contact your local planning department.




By James Thompson, Jun 7 2019 09:04AM

Many homes in rural areas such as the North Yorkshire Moors have their waste water drainage systems pipes into a septic tank, and in some cases, several properties may be served by the same septic tank. After entering the tank, waste water is then either drained off into soakaways or drainage fields, or it is drained off into a nearby river or stream.


From 2020, the Environment Agency are introducing new septic tank regulations associated with how waste water from septic tanks is drained off, meaning waste water from old septic tanks can no longer be drained off into a watercourse as it is deemed too polluting.


If your property is served by a septic tank that drains directly into a watercourse, you may need to consider the following action;


1) Upgrade your septic tank to a water treatment plant such as those provided by Clearwater or Klargester. This will make the outflow of water cleaner, meaning you should still be able to drain it off into a watercourse. Here at PM Straw, we can arrange for a Rep to attend site and help specify the sizing of the treatment plant you may require.


2) Make changes to the drainage of your existing septic tank so it drains off into a soakaway or drainage field - not directly into a watercourse. For this method you will be required to carry out a percolation test to ensure that waste water won't seep into a nearby watercourse.


Altering the drainage, or renewing your septic tank can be a large undertaking, and here at PM Straw we can work with you, and Reps from the companies supplying the tanks, to ensure your system meets the new requirements.


Call us today or fill out the contact form on our contact page, to arrange an initial site visit for the replacement of your septic tank.


For more information about te new regulations, click here -> https://www.gov.uk/guidance/general-binding-rules-small-sewage-discharge-to-a-surface-water