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Hydro Cleansing the Fatberg Busters of London!

Fatberg in London Sewer

Fatberg in London Sewer

Hydro Cleansing Ltd is the leaders within the industry for carrying out professional sewer services, including Fatberg removal, helping to ensure that the nations waste water infrastructures are maintained, kept environmentally cleansed and more importantly flowing. You could call us the Fatberg busters as our fully trained expert engineers, most powerful Super Combination Tankers, and in some cases, our highly sophisticated water bound drainage camera Mega Float, trawl through the grime, glug and sludge to ultimately break down and remove fatbergs found in sewers.

What is a Fatberg?

Fatbergs are large congealed lumps made up of fat compounded together by oil, grease, sanitary items, wet wipes and other waste solids, congealed to sewer walls. Fatbergs have been found to grow to the size of a wide body jumbo jet, in other words, a Boeing 747 aircraft which ultimately block major networks resulting in major damage to sewer pipes.
Having been involved in projects which have seen us remove fatbergs, there is no doubt that fatbergs have become an increasingly common problem affecting the UK’S sewer networks. With fat, oils and grease (Fogs), sanitary products and wet wipes being poured and flushed down drains and pipes, and as reported earlier this year, plastic micro beads found in shower gels, facial scrubs and tooth paste are also proving to cause problems for our drainage systems.

Fatberg removal

Surveying a Sewer Line

Can Fatbergs really be turned into Green Fuel?

While fatbergs are problematic to sewer systems, fatbergs and sewer sludge have now also been recognised as a source of bio oil fuel –
Green Fuel. With fatbergs becoming ever challenging, experts have noted to find ways to turn sludge into between 25% and 40% of bio diesel. Bio diesel has also been recounted to be 80% cleaner for the environment than regular diesel, with the expectation that water companies might be able to find a use for the thousands of tonnes of waste found deep below the ground.

Hydro Cleansing Fat Busting Fatbergs

The London sewerage system has been serving London since the 19th century when it was developed. Considered to be a triumph of Victorian engineering, planned maintenance of such a longstanding system is exceptionally important. Being environmentally cautious will ensure that systems continue to run efficiently and run as they should. As part of our comprehensive drain and sewer services along with our waste management services, Hydro Cleansing have the capability and expertise to provide Fatberg Removal. We are the absolute best in what we do, and we continue to invest in new, innovative technologies to tackle the industry’s biggest challenges. We understand the importance of delivering safe and accurate drainage services that are environmentally friendly. To find out more about our complete range of sewer services, call us on 02086893339 and speak to us today!

Fatberg Removal

Hydro Cleansing the Fatberg Busters

The Twelve Days of Christmas With Hydro Cleansing | 5-8. Case Study

“On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me,
five blogs in one,
four broken pipes,
three Septic Tanks,
two feet of tree roots,
and Hydro Cleansing’s Mega-Heat…”

Seeing as we didn’t post any blogs for you on the weekend, we are delivering a crate load of case studies to catch up! Not one case study, not two case studies, but FOUR CASE STUDIES! So sit back, relax, and read on!

megatron vacuum tanker

Megatron

The Challenge

The description of the job was pretty mundane. Can you send along a combination unit to empty out some drains which would in turn allow the contractor to handover their works to their client; a local hospital. Straight forward enough you would say. Anyway, circumstances conspired to result in Megatron attending the job, and as it turned out, that was definitely a good thing…

The Solution

Megatron instantly began to recover vast amounts of rubble and other unknown items from depths of over 50m. The rattle of debris shooting up the suction boom and into the main hold continued, with Megatron pumping back/recycling waste water.

Stopping temporarily we identified what was still lying in the sewer, examined the filters in Megatron and carried out an inspection to make sure the sheer volume of coarse material hadn’t taken a toll on Megatron.

Megatron continued to show its capabilities and finished the job with no issues or problems whatsoever. Site management were horrified identifying the extent of the material found, which was there before they had started work.


case study blocked drain

Digging Holes

The Challenge

Our client had to carry out some repairs to a waste pipe which was serving a local school. The client knew where the repair had to be completed and was also aware that there were a number of other services running within the immediate area but had no specific plans or guidance on location. Using traditional technology would have meant that the work could not be undertaken until the school was closed for at least two weeks, as the services feeding the school would have been destroyed doing the excavation.

The Solution

Megatron was deployed. Using our on board ultra-high pressure water jetting, combined with Megatron’s powerful vacuum system, a trench measuring 80 metres in length, by two metres in width and two metres in depth was cut and vacuum excavated from site. The job took a total of three working days and the services remained intact leaving the school operational throughout.


case study blocked culvert

Quick & Dirty

The Challenge

Our client has a large culvert within their manufacturing site fed by a series of drains spanning the entire thirty acre estate. The culvert had become heavily silted up with an environment agency requirement for a complete empty and clean due to the potential presence of hydro-carbons in the system. The previous contractor had used a system of excavators, scaffolding and bulk carriers completing the work in around five weeks.

The Solution

Megatron attended site with two supporting bulk tankers and a range of peripheral equipment to support the various stages of remediation. Using the vacuum pump on Megatron, we extracted the contents of the culvert and directly transferred them from Megatron into supporting bulk tankers which then took the waste off site for treatment and disposal. Having exposed the layer of silt which extended to a depth of over a metre, We then used the waste water recovered from the culvert to power Megatron’s bulk jetting system which both broke down the silt and converted it into a slurry for extraction and disposal. These operations were performed simultaneously. This process was completed, the feeding drains jetted and cleaned (including the removal of concrete waste) and the site returned to our client within seven working days.


case study canary wharf

Business Continuity @ Canary Wharf

The Challenge

The call came at lunchtime one Friday. Our client had a blockage in their drainage system which could not be specifically traced but was creating a need for toilet blocks to be closed within their twelve storey building and people to be redeployed to other adjacent locations. Their system was perceived to be generating a build up in pressure, and as it was routed via various critical facilities including the plant room housing the uninterrupted power supply, a solution was sought urgently to prevent closure of the building a series of consequential financial impacts to the business.

The Solution

By 19.00 hrs that evening a team was deployed with a range of equipment including Megatron as the centre piece. The team worked their way through the network of drains including the vast stack pipe supporting the whole side of this building which had a history of these issues dating back several years. Accessing the network at various points and applying a combination of Megatron’s vacuum pump and high pressure jetting operating at distances of over 300 metres, the building was eventually cleared by 02.00 hrs in the morning. We were able to demonstrate this by applying Megatron’s vacuum pump to the base of the stack pipe and systematically emptying toilets via suction from ten floors above. The building has had no further problems.

Clearly Megatron is a step outside the normal expectations of the market, but so are the results of the work undertaken. We certainly recognise that Megatron is not designed to compete financially with companies focused upon the rate per day as obviously the cheaper and less specified vehicle will always win. But for those clients out there, that recognise the full financial consequence of lost productivity, and the opportunity to reduce maintenance spend by achieving new levels of cleanliness, there is no match to Megatron.

Job(s) done!

The Twelve Days of Christmas With Hydro Cleansing | 3. Cesspit Care

“On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me ,
three Septic Tanks,
two feet of tree roots,
and Hydro Cleansing’s Mega-Heat…”

cesspit empty truck

Much like Hydro Cleansing, your cesspit is working 24/7, so it makes sense to keep it properly maintained. The same as any investment, it is important to take care of your septic system so that it can continue working effectively.

Unfortunately, septic systems are often overlooked. This can be due to the location of the tank, lack of information, or as an effort to save money . Without proper care and maintenance cesspits and septic tanks fall into disrepair. In the worst cases, the tank would then need to be cleaned, removed and replaced. To help avoid this, make sure that you are regularly servicing and emptying your septic system. If properly looked after they can last anywhere from 25-30 years.

cesspit cleaning

Why Look After A Cesspit?

We always advise customers to check out The Environment Agency’s guidelines and schedule regular maintenance.  We offer regularly scheduled cesspit tank emptying at times convenient for you, preventing the risk of blocked drains and flooded gardens!

How Much Does It Cost?

Our cesspit emptying costs depend on various factors. From the size of the tank, the frequency with which we need to empty it and the volume of waste that we remove.
Generally, domestic cesspits can hold around 4500 litres of waste, we include removal of up to 9000 litres in our standard cesspit empty to make sure you’re covered. (We also won’t charge you VAT for domestic empties.)
Our cesspit maintenance, emptying and and cleaning prices range from £250+. There are a variety of factors to take into consideration when pricing, this is why we offer a free quote, and if necessary, a free site visit.

cesspit empty engineer

Why Service Regularly?

We offer bespoke contracts and schedules for maintaining cesspits and septic tanks. Generally, septic tanks and cesspits should be emptied on at least a biannual basis to avoid saturation of the soakaways.  This of course depends on the level of usage and requirements of the cesspit or septic tank, something that our teams can discuss with you.

cesspit tanker empty

Make a Booking Today

For more information on our cesspit and septic services call us on 0800-740-8888 or email  enquiries@hydro-cleansing.com

Job done!

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