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Not even the Great Fire of London can erode the resilience of the capital!

The great fire of London set alight the pride of a city which bounces back from whatever disaster the world can throw at it! London is one of the most resilient and unflappable cities in the world. Hydro Cleansing are very proud to work with so many prestigious London institutions. From the Royal Parks to Thames Water, to Downing Street and the Super Sewer; we’ve worked across the length and breadth of the city. Not only that but we’ve fixed simple domestic problems and helped to deliver some of the most ambitious projects in wet waste management.

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After the great fire of London the city revived it’s spirit in a matter of weeks and began to develop into Sir Christopher Wren’s vision of it. After that Sir Joseph Bazalgette took the elegance of Wren’s design underground! He delivered the most revolutionary sewer system in the world.Spectacular Sewers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The foresight of Bazalgette is well documented and something that Hydro Cleansing aspire to.

Above ground, the city was still knee deep in waste. Road sweepers earned a respectable living and this developed into the awesome machines we have. Mega Sweep is a planned and reactive service. Working out of Croydon, our sweepers will go anywhere! Of course Hydro Cleansing wants world domination for our Road Sweepers! The Mega Sweeps are awesomely powerful and have an incredible 8 tonne capacity! We’ll always remain loyal to Croydon, Sutton and London but we’ll take them anywhere! From Azerbaijan to Zanzibar; from the Isle of Wight to the white cliffs of Dover, Mega Sweep will clear the leaves, debris, flood waste, oil etc. of the whole world!

Road Sweeper

 

London will always survive and so will Hydro Cleansing!

 

Inside Victorian Confined Space Work and Pump Station Maintenance

Hydro Cleansing are passionate about keeping drainage infrastructure running cleanly. From sewers to loos; from pump station maintenance to flood response, our mission is to clean it up and dispose of it safely. It’s a simple mission but one we fulfil with more creativity and innovation than anyone else!

We are passionate about pump station maintenance, so we’re excited to tell you about the little known marvel of engineering that is the Victorian Pump Station behind Surrey Street in Croydon.

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This fresh water pump station was one of the first ever built. Baldwin Latham Engineering designed and built this innovative structure and also wrote a guide to sanitary engineering and sewer construction in London.

Victorian engineering developed at an incredible rate. The pace of development in the cities is comparable to today’s digital revolution. Some things don’t change however. The Victorian saying,

“a man should look to his drains before he furnishes his drawing room,”

is as true as ever. The need to clear drainage is as much a necessity now as it was then. Excellent installation, maintenance and repair provide peace of mind. In the Victorian era this was achieved in a very basic fashion compared to how Hydro Cleansing do it!

Victorian confined space

Pump Station and breathing apparatus

 

Safety and efficiency in confined space work are delivered beyond what Victorian engineers could imagine. Their PPE consisted of a hat and boots, today our confined space engineers are kept a lot safer! In the Victorian age, the confined space operatives would pull ploughs through the sewers to unblock them! Thankfully innovation has led to Megatron’s power to decimate blockages in hours through the simple power of high pressure water and vacuum suction. Baldwin and Latham would be amazed! Bazalgette probably saw it coming though!

The reality of Bazalgette’s Victorian Sewers – Confined Space Work

Ever thought that Confined Space work was cool?

Well you were correct, of course it is. Confined Space work involves a wide range of situations; from searching for tunnels in prisons to cleaning the tanks of ferries; from the egg shaped, brick Victorian sewers to modern Super Sewers.

It involves 3-5 people on a single job: someone at the top of the drain, tank, or hole; at least one person down in the space and a third rescue person, as a backup for the person at the top. The jobs are often more complex and require more people in the spaces.

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Sometimes the sewers don’t run smooth and some of Bazalgette’s sewer’s have had to be repaired with much less aesthetically pleasing pipework. We’ve been down surveying the one’s which has required this.

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The Victorian structure will not have to take the full weight of London for much longer. The Tideway Super Sewer system will soon be in place and will take the load off the brick sewers.

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