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Fat Busting Bugs

Fat Busting Bugs

Yorkshire Water has yet again announced that they will be using bugs to help fight fat blockages in their sewers.

Trillions of these fat busting bugs will be deployed in an effort to remove any blockages.

Usually found in the human gut the treatment works will be using bacillus bacteria which would normally feast on any fat, oil and grease they come across.

These organically grown bacteria are simply mixed with non-chlorinated water then poured down the drain they are hoping to clean-up nearly 200 known fat blockages.

Entering our drains and sewers from within the home or from restaurants and food outlets, usually down the kitchen sink and plug holes, cooking oil, fat and grease later hardens causing blockages.

This year alone Yorkshire Water has already dealt with around 6000 fat related sewer blockages in its network and with the festive period fast approaching it is expected that they will see a 25% increase.

Food fat

10 things you should never flush down your toilet

Food fat

Remember to avoid flushing any of these items, which have been fished out from under our streets:

1. Food fat 

A serious problem, as it tends to bind around wet wipes and other detritus like clay around straw. “It slips down sinks very easily when it’s warm,” says Evans, “but once it hits our sewers it cools down and congeals into what we call fatbergs.”

2. Condoms

Difficult to flush, but clearly many people manage it. Evans: “I’ve been down the sewers in central London and seen what appear to be fish on the surface. They’re actually condoms filled with air, bobbing around. It is pretty grim.”

3. Pets 

Goldfish are most common, of course, but hamsters and gerbils are also seen. “They don’t help, because they’re quite sturdy little things.”

4. Nappies 

These are a rarity, because of the sheer difficulty of getting one round the U-bend to begin with, but the blockages they cause can be terrible.

5. Human body parts

These have been found by Thames Water “flushers”, as sewer operatives are known – most often fingers or even hands. In truth, the people sending them down toilets probably have bigger things than sewer abuse to worry about.

6. Cotton buds and tampons 

They just won’t break down. It may take months or years for a fatty ball of them to accumulate, but in the end they do block drains, which then have to be unblocked by hand.

7. Half a Mini 

Probably a one-off, this. “It was dragged out of one of our major London sewers. Pretty bizarre. Obviously that didn’t get flushed down the toilet.”

8. Paint and building waste

The viscosity of paint causes problems when it joins a fatberg. Bits of rubble are heavy enough to settle in bends, providing a base on which wet wipes and food can collect.

9. Drug paraphernalia

Syringes are the main problem, being very nasty and unhygienic.

10. Food 

A piece of bread won’t do any harm, but bones or even apple cores do cause trouble. Sweetcorn collects in large quantities in the sewers, as yellow as it was in the field.

To see the full story and for the source of this information see The Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/shortcuts/2012/oct/26/10-things-you-should-never-flush?CMP=twt_gu

Drain Maintenance

After the summer we’ve had, where the weathers not been able to make up its mind, some people may be experiencing bad smells escaping from their drainage systems. The combination of rain and damp weather then sunny spells and warm weather can lead to this and with the weather the way it’s been, it’s also been the perfect condition for those underground roots in your garden to cause major problems to your drain and sewer systems, triggering blockages after penetrating drains and pipes.

Tracing blockages can be difficult so the best and most efficient way is for Hydro Cleansing’s engineers to locate them for you using our CCTV push rods, crawler cameras or Megacam. We can then provide a drainage survey which we have found to be extremely cost effective, producing minimal disruption. Any damage or leaks within the piping can then be recorded and work can commence to repair them.

Prevention and regular drain maintenance is obviously the key to experiencing minimal or no problems at all but when one does occur for peace of mind remember to use a trusted, professional company, such as Hydro Cleansing, with a reputation that exceeds the commercial and domestic spectrum. Our jetting vans and combination units pump away blockages, clean fat/grease build up and wash away any other unwanted substances that shouldn’t be there.

With drainage systems increasingly becoming more technical giving it a go yourself is an option you should really steer clear of. It could even make the problem worse so whenever you have a drain or sewer problem, don’t hesitate in calling us 24/7 on 0808 256 5844.

Be sure to follow Hydro Cleansing’s ‘Maintain Your Drain’ campaign on Twitter as well @HydroMaintain!

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