They are known as fatbergs. Some people wonder what they are whilst others assume they’ve got something to do with oil fat. Hoping to spare you the time from running a Google search. A Fatberg is believed to be a solidified blob or drop of fat and grease. This tends to end up in the sewer and mixes up with other waste items that are discharged into the drain.
A Fatberg is generally believed to be caused by residues of oil, fat, grease, dental floss, sanitary items and wet wipes. These items fail to break down as easily as toilet paper. Fatbergs attracted so much publicity, in an unprecedented moment of stardom during the 2013 blockage in Kingston upon Thames. The highpoint of the Fatberg incident in Kingston was that the waste removed which weighed about 10-tonnes, similar to the size of a double-decker bus.
Whilst you might be aware of the above, it is very important to understand that at present, a wet wipe is believed to be the biggest villain in relation to fat trap. In a simple manner, the flushing of a wet wipe is now considered to be one of the biggest causes of Fatbergs.
The one important thing you need to know about Fatbergs is not just the increasing impact wet wipes plays, but the fact that most of these wipes are labelled as flushable. Regardless of this message from wet wipe manufacturers, it is advisable to opt for the bin. As stated earlier, these wipes do not easily disintegrate like tissue paper.
In the words of Hu Shih: “And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.” The old way of doing things entail the flushing of wet wipes. We do this without thinking of the adverse impacts it would have on our sewers. Wet wipes tend to make fatberg bigger and leaving us with the same old problem of an overflowing sewer. This leaves the government with no option than to rip out footpaths and parks to get rid of this menace out.
This is not just a tip of the Fatberg, sorry Iceberg- it is crucial if we are to prevent sewer overflow. At Hydro Cleansing, we are leading experts in Fatberg removal. Our super combination tankers can break down the build-up and suck back into the high capacity tanker. Call us on 0800 740 888 for expert advice and a free quote.