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Hydro Cleansing Will Support You Through the Flooding Season.

Following Storm Angus, Wales and the South of England are currently being battered by high winds and even higher levels of rain fall, and as your Mother would say; prevention is better than cure! If that doesn’t inspire you to get outside and start checking your culverts and clearing your drains, then take a look at some of our flood work from previous years.

Clearing a Culvert Under the A3 Highway:

Here are some of our engineers clearing a culvert beneath the A3 on behalf of a local council. Our expert engineers were down there, in full confined space PPE to cut through the build up of silt with high pressure jets, and of course Megatron, which was on site to suck the waste away for disposal at an impressive 6000 cubic feet per minute. Megatron’s state of the art liquid ring pump creates a vacuum within the bulk tanker in order to efficiently fill it with waste, and also allows a second bulk to replace it while it disposing of the waste. This meant that the work could be continuous and we didn’t have to deploy extra vehicles which allowed us to get the job done quickly.

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Flood Response at a Nursing Home in Bristol:

Saving your granny is all in a days work for our teams, or at least back in June it was. We sent out our specialist engineers in a combination vacuum tanker unit to help out a nursing home near Bristol, where the flood waters were about to reach the property. The power of our tanker meant our team could remove the water from the flooded garden area and front of the property where the flood was disrupting traffic and scaring pensioners. Job done!

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So if you’re worried about flooding in your area, give us a call! Let us know where the potential flood risk is and we will call the associated council for you and arrange any necessary works. Contact us here 24/7!

Hydro Cleansing assesses Storm Desmond

Experts have estimated that Storm Desmond has already caused an estimated £500m worth of damage, with over 5,000 homes in Cumbria alone affected by flood damage. With more rain falling in the past 24 hours, local residents and businesses are yet again facing further chaos and disruption today. The town of Glenridding is underwater yet again, with a reported 66mm of rain falling, overwhelming rivers and leaving the town’s residents stranded.

Clean up efforts have been ongoing in the worst affected areas including Carlisle, Keswick and Cockermouth. However, many households are still without power and thousands of local residents are facing the possibility that their homes will not be ready to live in until the New Year.

With local authorities overwhelmed by the scale of the damage, Hydro Cleansing are providing support to the community in Cumbria by sending complimentary Road Sweepers and Tankers with crews from our depot in Croydon. Our volunteers have headed to the worst affected areas to removing large quantities of silt and mud that can cause further flooding if it is allowed to enter the drainage systems.

For the last few days we have been working alongside Cumbria County Council, DEFRA, the Police and the Army, utilising the experience we gained during the 2014 floods in the South of England, to ensure the best possible assistance is given.

With more rain expected in the next few days, along with snowfall and strong winds, emergency services have advised local residents to not take any risks around flood waters. A spokesman for the Cumbria Police has urged the public “not to approach or go near any flood water as it is extremely fast flowing and can be a threat to people’s lives”.

Please call us on 0800 740 888 for immediate assistance or visit www.hydro-cleansing.com for live chat.

Understanding the causes and impact of flooding

Impact and causes of flood

Flood response

Flooding has always been a source of concern for local authorities and residents alike. It is set to occur after a heavy rainfall and when natural watercourses seem not to have the capacity to carry excess water.  It is also argued that flooding is not always caused by heavy rainfall.  On the other hand, it is believed that the quicker the rainwater gets to a river channel, the higher the possibility of a flood occurrence.

Causes of Flooding

Flooding is caused by an array of factors which could be grouped into these three broad categories: Weather events, poor maintenance and developmental/planning issues.

Weather Events: This is one of the most known causes of flooding. These climatic events come mostly in the form of rainfall, comprising of sustained or extensive rainfall and thunderstorm, over a brief period of time. The other weather related cause of flooding is a heavy flow or high tide mixed with stormy conditions.  Most environmental analysts and enthusiasts are convinced that climate change is also set to increase the risk of flooding in the UK and around the globe.

Poor Maintenance:  Aside rainfall, poor maintenance is also a big cause of flooding. It does comprise of factors like: poor maintenance of watercourses, inadequate drainage networks and broken sewer systems.

Development and Planning Issues:  When appropriate planning and development issues are not taken into consideration, there is a higher risk of flooding. These elements comprise of a poorly designed or flawed flood defence schemes, unsuitable development in flood plains and putting up buildings on land, which hinders rainfall from draining away easily. These building or structures could be in the form of roads and car parks, which are impenetrable to water, hence increasing the danger of flooding from rainwater overflow.


Impact of flooding

From late December 2013 to January 2014, the UK experienced one of the wettest periods. There were about 183.8 mm of rain, understood to be about 151% higher than average. The south-east and central southern axis of England, during the months of December 2013 and January 2014, witnessed about a 372.2mm of rain, tagged as the wettest two-month period since 1910.

During this two-month period, it is estimated that about 1135 homes were flooded. This was mitigated or controlled due to the flood protection of about 181, 000 homes. Accountancy firm PWC, believe that the clear-up cost for the above flood incident could go north of a £1bn.  Overall, it is believed that the management of flood risk cost the UK government about £2.2bn annually. It is also important to note that about 5.2m properties in England are at risk of flooding from rivers (or seas) and about 1 million are vulnerable to surface-water flooding.

The efforts to manage and provide quick response during flooding is massive. We understand that our homes are embodiment of rich family memories passed from generations and business premises (or shops) are source of livelihood.

We also understand how emotionally important these homes, business premises and public infrastructures are. That’s why at Hydro cleansing, we charge our flood-response division to provide flood response services like removal/disposal of flood water, 24/7 flood defences and professional flood clean-up. We are available 24/7 and have our team readily available to heed your emergency flood related calls. Please use our emergency number: 0208 689 3339.