REPUTABLE, local companies are on hand to help you all year round and to make sure your home is in tip-top condition, whatever time of year – but especially through the winter. Whether the job is big or small, these local businesses are happy to be of service whenever you need them.

A blocked drain is never pleasant, but it doesn’t need to become a nightmare. Rapid Response Drain Care Ltd is a new and exciting drain clearing company with full coverage of the North-East, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, every day of the year. Rapid Response Drain Care Ltd employs fully-trained and qualified engineers who are familiar with all aspects of drain problems and how to solve them. They will provide an excellent service at a fair price with brand-new equipment and tools that are of the highest specification in the industry. Their website has details of how they can help you: www.rapidresponsedraincare.co.uk

Make sure your roof is ready for whatever winter brings with RoofTrust - a North-East-based roofing company covering all aspects of roofwork throughout the UK. RoofTrust can guarantee complete customer satisfaction in all aspects of roofing. With staff who are all experienced, helpful, friendly and reliable, they can assure a good, professional service on every job. Services include GRP flat roofing, slating, tiling, fascias and guttering, leadwork, pointing, solar PV, EPDM flat roofing system. All work is carried out to the highest standard by time-served tradesmen, to ensure each and every customer complete peace of mind. Their full range of services are on the website: www.rooftrust.org

Is your oven ready for that turkey? The Cleaning Hero - Durham Oven Cleaning - is an award-winning, eco-friendly, County Durham-based business, providing professional oven cleaning services to County Durham and other parts of the North-East, including Ferryhill (South Durham), Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Gateshead & Sunderland. (Teesside, Tyneside, Wearside) Their fully-insured oven cleaners work in both domestic and commercial properties, using only non-caustic, eco-friendly products, and can clean all cookers and ovens; gas ovens, electric ovens (free-standing or integrated), microwave ovens, BBQs, oven extractor fans or hoods, and electric or ceramic hobs. You’ll find more information on the website: www.durhamovencleaning.co.uk

Whatever the weather outside, keep out the worst of it out with Galaxy Blinds. Roller blinds are a popular choice for many people, and Galaxy Blinds offer some very competitive prices. With a vast range of patterns and designs, they’re a great way to tie a room together. Mix and match the colours in your home with contrasting roller blinds and walls. Choose from a range of blackout roller blinds for your bedroom to prevent sunny mornings from disturbing your sleep. Get in touch with the team to discuss your needs, and have a look at the Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/galaxy4blinds