Domestic properties aren’t the only cause of polluted sewage, in fact, industrial, commercial and agricultural premises are one of the main causes of dangerous waste. Untreated sewage and allowing the wrong items and materials to access our wider sewage system can have a major effect on the planet including local habitats and wildlife.
It’s everyone’s responsibility when it comes to looking after the environment, especially businesses. Each day, businesses in all industries pump out thousands of litres of waste, however, not all of it is suitable for the regular sewage process. Hazardous waste and other dangerous items can have a bigger effect on the environment than you may realise.
So, how can businesses reduce their environmental impact with the help of drain CCTV? Read on for all you need to know.
What is sewage?
Sewage is waste liquid and solids that are carried from a building through the sewer system. While in domestic properties this is mostly made up of human waste, in businesses this could also include chemicals, plastic and a whole host of other dangerous materials.
Environment impacts of business sewage
According to WWF, 40% of rivers are polluted with sewage that can severely harm the wildlife that lives within the area. Today, it’s more important than ever that everyone does their part for the environment since years of mistreating the planet has already caused irreparable effects on the planet.
Below we explain some of the main ways that sewage can affect the environment.
Plants and wildlife
As mentioned, for plants and animals, poorly managed sewage can have a catastrophic effect on their ability to survive. Think about how many animals rely on rivers and streams to survive, or creatures that use these areas as their main water source. Unfortunately, poorly maintained sewers can result in water contamination due to the wrong substances making their way into these areas.
Industrial waste often contains a variety of chemicals such as heavy metals like lead, mercury and arsenic. These can be hard to remove from sewage systems, making it almost inevitable that they end up being released into marine waters and rivers. The problem with this is that aquatic life, such as fish, can easily consume these metal fragments, and since humans eat fish, we end up consuming them too.
As well as at home, in businesses, it can be tempting to use the sewage system as an alternative rubbish dump. However, this is not how the sewer should be used. Plastics and other kinds of solid waste needs to be recycled or disposed of in other ways to ensure they don’t block the sewer or end up being transported out into the environment where they can cause major problems.
Recent studies have found that there are currently 5.25 trillion plastic particles in the ocean. More locally, it’s almost impossible to walk near rivers and streams without finding at least a handful of litter that has become trapped in the water.
Signs your commercial drain is blocked
When your commercial or industrial drain becomes blocked, there are usually a few warning signs beforehand. Being aware of these signs means you can prevent blockages from occurring or give you a heads up about when to call in the professionals.
In this section we explain some of the most common warning signs that your drains could be blocked.
Slowly draining water
One of the most obvious signs of a drainage problem is water that is draining slower than usual or not at all. When this happens it’s normally an indication that there’s a blockage somewhere in the pipe that’s preventing waste from passing through. Water may also drain slowly if there’s damage to the pipe itself such as cracks.
Problems in multiple fixtures
If you’ve noticed that more than one fixture or pipe is blocked, then this suggests that there’s a blockage somewhere in the drainage system. Ignoring this could mean that your business needs to be closed down while the entire sewer system is looked at, but with proper maintenance and a professional team things can get sorted shortly.
Bad smells are a dead giveaway for a blockage - often smells occur before anything else. You may notice a strange odour around your drains if waste begins to settle or rot within the pipes. Running water can often make the smell worse as it aggravates the bacteria, so always call in the experts who will which course of action is best.
If you have a bigger blockage then you may be able to see the stagnant waste, especially in outdoor drains where it can start to rise until it spills out of the top. Never let your drains get to this point, not only is it unhygenic but a huge hazard safety especially is your employees slip in the waste or get ill from it.
What are the best sewer maintenance options?
Since industrial and commercial sewers are used in much higher volume than households sewers, they require more maintenance. Luckily, there are many in-house practices and external services that can help.
Here at Drainage Consultants, we offer a range of reliable drainage services across the UK, making us one of the most trusted companies in the industry. Our highly-trained team specialise in commercial clients including construction, engineering, pubs and airports.
Here we explain some of the best maintenance options and tips.
Using drains properly
One of the most simple yet effective ways of keeping your drains in good condition is to use them properly! Although you might not think that one bucket full of waste will do much damage, you’re wrong. Make sure you use your drains in the right way, and ensure all of your employees are aware of which procedures to follow too.
Water-operated appliances such as sinks and baths should never be used to dispose of food, fats and grease, paint, chemicals and other similar items. Although it may seem convenient to do so, using your drains in the wrong way can increase your maintenance bills as well as impact the environment. Continuing these actions will only reduce the longevity of your drains, results in bigger repair bills and more calls out from your local drainage contractors.
It’s important that you don’t ignore small problems with your sewers as these can progress into more complicated issues. One way of avoiding this is by having your drains and sewers regularly checked and unclogged. Since drains of business premises are more likely to run into problems, having a reliable company you can call will definitely come in handy.
If your sewage system develop long-term problems such as a large blockage or you simply can’t identify what the issue is, a CCTV drain survey can get things sorted fast. Unlike household drains, the sewage that’s produced by businesses is a much higher volume so diagnosing problems can be harder. However, a professional drainage service can use specialist equipment to pinpoint the problem.
Drain CCTV, as the name suggests, involves lowering a camera down into the drain so engineers can assess the condition of the sewer. This gives them a detailed view of what’s causing the problem, meaning they can then choose an appropriate method to get things sorted.
Drainage Consultants: Your drain survey specialist
Here at Drainage Consultants, we’re the experts in all things drainage related, from drain CCTV to cleaning and roof cutting, we’re the drainage consultants you can trust. Our experience working with a range of businesses across various industries, means we can offer professional advice about how you can make your firm more efficient, environmentally friendly and save money across the year. For more information, contact us today.