When blockages occur in the sewer network they can be spectacular. Recently, in London, a routine inspection discovered a fatberg the size of two double decker buses blocking a section of the ancient sewer network.
It stretches the length of two football pitches, and is requiring concentrated, seven days a week work efforts to remove it, using shovels and high powered water jets.
What are Fatbergs Made Of?
Typically, these masses of waste comprise things such as congealed fat, nappies and wet wipes – what people routinely put down the drain or flush down the toilet.
These are items that won’t break down in the drainage system, but instead add to congealed masses that keep growing, until you have a worst-case scenario.
The larger the fatberg becomes, the harder it is to get rid of, some compare it to trying to break down a huge lump of concrete.
This type of waste can build up quickly, particularly where cooking oil and fat is concerned. And plenty of supposedly disposable items, such as wet wipes, will still block drains.
This large-scale problem is reflected on a smaller scale in numerous properties where drains steadily become clogged with unsuitable items for flushing or draining way.
How to Prevent the Build Up
One solution is quite simple: don’t pour cooking oil and fat down the kitchen sink. This can be exacerbated at busy times for cooking, such as Christmas, and affects both homes and commercial premises such as restaurants.
People should also be careful what they choose to flush down the toilet: things like cotton wool buds may look small and harmless, but they can easily build up and contribute to a significant blockage.
The damage may already have been done, and even if your drains are not completely blocked, they may be dysfunctional, draining slowly persistently, and giving off bad smells.
If this is the case, then your next course of action should be to get a drain survey. This is a cost-effective means of thoroughly inspecting your drains to get a clear picture of what is wrong with them.
We use state-of-the-art CCTV technology for this, and it allows us to diagnose your drainage issues.
Combat the threat of blocked drains with a drain survey. Contact Drainage Consultants today if you think you’ve got drainage problems.