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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Combs

Are you moving and want to know more about Combs? Our complete guide to utilities in Combs will explain in detail everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Combs water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Combs.

About Combs, Cheshire

Combs SK23 has a population of 374 and is located in the county of Cheshire. Cheshire has a population of 931,347 people.

Who supplies my water in Combs?

Combs water services are provided by Severn Trent. Below are the main phone numbers for Severn Trent, and United Utilities:

How to reach your water providers in Combs

Ringing a contact number for Severn Trent or United Utilities is one of many contact methods to discuss your Combs water problems.

Severn Trent telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for Severn Trent general enquiries and emergencies.

Severn Trent contact number Severn Trent Emergency contact number
0345 750 0500 0800 783 4444
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-3pm, Bank Holidays 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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United Utilities telephone numbers

In the table below we have listed the main telephone numbers for United Utilities general enquiries and emergencies.

United Utilities contact number United Utilities Emergency contact number
0345 672 2888 0345 672 3723
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-4pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Severn Trent or United Utilities

You can also write to Severn Trent or United Utilities, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Severn Trent or United Utilities website.

Severn Trent

If you prefer to send a letter to Severn Trent can do so by writing to the Severn Trent address below:

Severn Trent Address
PO Box 407
Darlington
DL1 9WD

If you would like to email Severn Trent, you must use the following email address:

Severn Trent Email Address
customercare@severntrent.co.uk

United Utilities

If you prefer to send a letter to United Utilities can do so by writing to the United Utilities address below:

United Utilities Address
United Utilities, PO Box 453
Warrington
WA55 1SE

Price of water in Combs

Water bill in Combs

Water rates in Combs will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Combs water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Combs water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Combs

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Combs house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Severn Trent or United Utilities. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Combs home.

Unmetered Customers in Combs

Customers who don't have a meter at their Combs home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same no matter how much water you use at your Combs home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Combs is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Combs water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? That depends on how much water you consume. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Combs might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Combs?

The average water bill Combs residents are billed varies between water suppliers. You can see in the table below the average water bill by supplier:

Supplier Average Water Bill Monthly Average Annual Water Bill
Severn Trent £16.58 £199
United Utilities £16.83 £202
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How do I pay my Combs water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Severn Trent or United Utilities. After you've registered with Severn Trent or United Utilities, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Combs bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Severn Trent or United Utilities account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Combs?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Combs SK23, your water suppliers are Severn Trent and United Utilities.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Combs Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Combs have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Combs

Is tap water in Combs safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Combs. You can rest assured that Combs water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Combs water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Combs water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Combs come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Combs:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

What's the water hardness rating in Combs

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness rating in Combs is below 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Combs is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Combs contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Combs.

Combs No Water

If you have no water in your Combs home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Combs.

If there is no water at your Combs home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Combs.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Severn Trent or United Utilities for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Severn Trent or United Utilities website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Severn Trent or United Utilities, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Combs water leak or flooding

Combs water problems can include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Combs home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Combs property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Call Severn Trent or United Utilities regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Severn Trent or United Utilities website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Combs taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Combs water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Combs water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Combs water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Severn Trent or United Utilities using the contact information above.

Internet in Combs SK23

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The broadband speed you get at your Combs home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Combs with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Combs Average Download Speed Combs Average Upload Speed
63.65 Mbps 13.15 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Combs. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK and is available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection that's available.

What should you consider when searching for a broadband provider in Combs?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Combs.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before searching for a broadband provider in Combs is what's available. Most homes in Combs can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

That being said, homes that have been built recently should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Combs?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Combs
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Combs homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Combs.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Combs.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Combs broadband value for money

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Combs. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Combs. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Combs Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Combs must also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Combs home will be an important thing to consider.

Combs broadband customer support

Our final tip, the technical support for your Combs internet connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Combs.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Combs have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Combs?

The average speed of broadband in Combs is:

Combs Average Download Speed Combs Average Upload Speed
63.65 Mbps 13.15 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Combs, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Combs home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Combs.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Combs

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Combs is 01298. When making a call to someone in Combs, and you are in a different area, you must add 01298 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01298 Combs call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the phone call should be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before making the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Combs

Residents in Combs can choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the regional network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Combs home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you won't need to contact the Combs distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Combs in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Combs

The electricity distribution network operator for Combs is Electricity North West. You can find the Electricity North West contact details in the table below:

Electricity North West Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 195 4141
Emergencies 105
Email ElectricityCustomerRelation@enwl.co.uk
Website https://www.enwl.co.uk/
Address 304 Bridgewater Place, Birchwood Park
Warrington

There are a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover the UK:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Combs

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Combs.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Combs

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Combs, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Combs.