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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…”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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The Twelve Days of Christmas With Hydro Cleansing | 2. Case Study NPL

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

Continuing our twelve day countdown to Christmas, today’s blog is a nice juicy case study! However, this isn’t just any case study, this case study features blocked culverts, four foot long tree roots, over 50 TONNES of silt, and of course, an expert team of Hydro Cleansing engineers getting the job done. 

Back in the Summer we were called out to deal with some blocked culverts, syphons and silt traps by the NPL. On our arrival it was clear that there was something seriously big blocking the syphon under the railway, even our camera couldn’t travel underneath to get a clear picture. Upon further investigation the engineers discovered that the blockage was clusters of tree roots growing through the tunnels. Check out the full scope of works below!

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Client – National Physical Laboratories | Kings River Outfall Desilting

Scope of Works – Desilting of culvert | Root cutting in syphon under railway | Desilting of silt traps

  1. The culvert in Normansfield Road had a high level of silt and elevated water level, the camera was then unable to return a picture of the internal condition of the pipe. We needed to remove this silt and reduce the flow during the survey, we then proposed to undertake this with a super combination unit taking one day to complete and resurvey.
  1. The syphon under the rail way had root ingress which prevented the passage of the camera, to remove this we needed to reduce the flow through the culvert and use high pressure root cutting with specialist root cutting nozzles suitable for large bore pipes. We took one day to complete and resurvey.
  1. The silt traps in five manholes needed de-silting, they contained an average of 1m of silt each. The silt traps are 2.5m in diameter which will yield approximately nine tonnes each. We took two days to complete.

case study blocked culvert and camera christmas

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Check out those roots! Job done!

How To Fix a Blocked Sink | Hydro Cleansing’s Handy Guide.

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What to do when you have a blocked sink

First of all, don’t panic! It’s usually very simple to fix a blocked sink, and can be done without buying any expensive equipment or flooding your kitchen. Follow this easy guide to diagnose and fix the problem.

Remember to look after yourself and your property

– Rubber gloves protect your hands while dealing with domestic blockages

– You can cover the bathroom or kitchen area with plastic covering if you are worried about damaging the surfaces

– We advise having a couple of strong bin liners with you as it may be necessary to dispose of waste

Small blockages

– Start off by pouring boiling water directly down the blocked sink. Two full kettles should be enough to move any stubborn organic matter

– If boiling water doesn’t do the trick pour down half a box of baking soda then pour down a mug of vinegar, swiftly followed by the plug stopper or old rags

– Wait at least 30 minutes and then pour down another kettle of boiling water

Larger blockages

– If the vinegar and baking soda volcano didn’t shift your sink blockage, it might be time to introduce the plunger

– Fill the sink or bath with a little water (enough to fully cover the drain)

– If there is an overflow, plug it up with rags or a tea towel

– Wet the plunger and place over the drain

– Ensure you have a firm seal and use sharp fast plunges to remove the clog

– Remove the plunger and the blockage should flow away, if it does not then repeat.

– If you still have a blocked sink, this indicates that the problem is further down the pipe and will need an engineer to come out and investigate

 Who is liable for the blocked drain?

Liability for drainage issues can be a minefield. It can be the responsibility of:

– Your local council

– The water board

– Housing association

– Property owner

– Letting agent

– The tenant

If you are renting, contact your landlord or letting agent before calling out an engineer. If you are unsure who’s responsibility it is, call our team and they will contact local authorities on your behalf and arrange works.

Ways to prevent blocked sinks:

– Avoid putting any solids down your sink; even a cotton bud will get wrapped in wipes and cause a blockage somewhere

– Using a plug strainer is a cheap and easy way to prevent a build up of kitchen waste in your pipes

– Using drain cleaner or the baking soda and vinegar mix once a month will help to keep your pipes free from blockages

– Never ever pour fat or grease down the sink. This is sure fire way to block your drainage system

 What to do if the blockage does not go away:

Give us a call! Our skilled engineers are available 24/7 so can attend a job at any time to assess the problem and provide a solution quickly.

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