Darwen council is having a rather unusual problem with blocked drains. The culprits in this case are actually Council workers. Councillor Paul Browne witnessed street cleaners washing out their vehicles in Frederick Street. They let all the muck run into the street which then clogs up the drains.
Severn Trent Water is splashing out roughly £1.9 million a year on tackling blocked drains caused by fat and grease flushed down Birmingham drains. In one area of Birmingham alone where there are over 200 food outlets, they are suffering 550 sewer blockages a year. For the water company, grease is definitely the word – and a dirty word, at that.
Electro mechanical cleaning is a technique used to thoroughly purge and de-scale waste pipes and drains.
The cleaning and clearing of drain pipes and sewers is by no means an exact science. The techniques used are often a combination of new and old, from simple drain rodding to more sophisticated high pressure water pumps.
Drain rodding is one of the most simple and common ways of unblocking drains. It’s a straightforward method and excels in restricted areas. It only takes as small amount of time to unblock a drain using this method which is why it’s great for emergencies. Other methods such as drain jetting tend to take more time to set up, which is why drain rodding is the preferred method for those in a hurry.
Blocked drains are never welcome; they can leave your toilets and sinks unable to drain as well as leaving an awful lingering smell. It always seems as though they happen to block at the most unwanted of occasions, but what actually causes the blockages? Take a look below at the 5 most common reasons for blocked drains.
A CCTV drain survey is often needed to find out the cause of problems with drains and sewers. In most cases the problem is hidden upon first inspection or is not accessible for close inspection. By using specialist CCTV cameras placed down the drain, the problems can be detected and diagnosed.