The dangers of flood water should not be underestimated.
It’s powerful and just 6 inches of fast flowing flood water can knock you off your feet.
But it’s not just its power that can be hazardous but also the pollutants it contains.
Each year in the UK we produce around 75,000 tonnes of human feces and 6 billion gallons of urine, with these figures rapidly increasing year after year.
Waste water from our toilets along with rain water mix together in sewage pipes underground, which lead on to wastewater treatment plants for processing.
Extreme rainfall can flood these pipes forcing dirty water back up spilling raw untreated sewage into our homes, straight out into our streets or into our rivers.
If your property is flooded you can’t just wait for it to dry out then move back in.
Any wood in the house, all furnishings and even plaster board on the wall will soak up the water, containing bacteria, so ultimately it all has to be removed and refitted.
Click here for information on Hydro Cleansing’s emergency flood response services.
To find out more about flooding in the UK watch ‘The Year Britain Flooded‘ which aired on Tuesday 12th February at 9pm on Channel 4.
The following video gives a general overview of the sewer transfer:
In autumn last year, water and sewage companies in the UK became responsible for private sewers, which were formerly the sole responsibility of property owners.
This meant the ownership and maintenance of private sewers was transferred, bringing peace of mind and clarity regarding ownership.
Not all private pipes were included though. There are certain cases where property owners remain responsible for the sections of pipe between the buildings and the transferred private sewer or lateral drain.
Due to the way the sewers and drains are connected, the way you’re affected by the transfer depends on the type of property you currently reside in.
You are still responsible for any domestic plumbing and for the section of pipe leading to the newly transferred sewer.
If you experience a problem with a sewer pipe or drain, simply carry out the following steps as it’s important that you try and identify where the problem is:
- If you have a shared sewer, try asking your neighbours if they are experiencing problems.
- If they aren’t, it’s more than likely that the problem is on your section of pipe or waste plumbing, meaning you will need to resolve it yourself.
- If your neighbours do have a problem, it may be in a shared section of pipe.
Some properties are connected to a private pumping station before they connect onto the main sewer network.
It’s likely you will know this already if this is the case.
Examples of these situations include small housing developments, remote farms or small business parks.
The Government plans to transfer the ownership of these pumping stations to water companies on by October 2016.
Until this time, the owner(s) of the pumping station will continue to be responsible for its maintenance and repair.
For FAQ’S and the source of the above information see Thames Water:
Allowing water to pass underneath trails, roads, railways and embankments a culvert is a device used to channel and direct water, each varying significantly in size. Hydro Cleansing are specialists in cleaning and servicing culverts, operating a fleet of tankers that have the power and technology capable of tackling the most intricate, complex drainage system using of our high pressure jets and high powered vacuums.
Important in defending and protecting road beds, ditches, banks, pathways and embankments by collecting and channelling excess water, strategically placed culverts help ease flooding, reducing erosion while helping to divert run off water to larger filtering areas. They play an important role, requiring regular servicing and maintenance, ensuring they work efficiently.
Regularly inspecting culverts, especially during seasons of heavy rainfall, is very important. Inspecting for signs of erosion, joint separation, bottom sag, pipe blockage, piping, fill settling, cavitation of fill, sediment build-up and the effectiveness of the inlet and outlet are essential. Our specialist engineers are experienced in all stages of servicing and maintaining culverts.
The experience we have behind us, has led to us consistently being able to provide an unrivalled service based upon dependability, efficiently completing the job in the minimum time possible, keeping costs and disruption right down.
If you wish to learn more on how we can help you with any culvert related issues visit our dedicated Culvert Cleaning website: www.culvert-cleaning.co.uk or call our head office on 080 256 5844