Drain Blockages: All You Need To Know

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Blocked Drains can be a nightmare. Not only do they impact your day to day life by preventing you from using important parts of your house but they can cause horrible smells. Drains are used to remove waste from your property so it’s usually only nasty substances that go through them. The stench caused from a blocked drain can be bad for your health so it is important that you get industry professionals in to help clear the smell.

There are many different types of draining systems available in industry. However when it comes to drainage systems it is often advisable to spend the extra dollar in order to reduce the risk of blockages as they are costly, messy, and annoying. Blocked drains can be caused for a variety of reasons. In the food industry the majority of blockages are caused by the re solidification of oils and fats or just big pieces of food waste. In factory environments the blockage is often caused by wipes that workers use at the end of their shifts to wash their hands. These wipes are often claimed to be flushable but in high quantities they can get caught and cause a blockage. If you want to attempt to unblock the drain yourself the following video may be useful.

The best way to avoid a blockage is to limit what you flush or empty into the sink. When it comes to wipes the best option is to bin it. It is very important that if you are going to dispose of wipes down the toilet that you don’t mix them with cooking fats or oils. This is because wet wipes are made of a plastic material that binds with fats and oils creating a ball of waste that can easily lodge itself between the pipes and restrict flow. Chemicals such as paint that may be left over from industrious applications can be taken to the local refuge site or tip to be discarded of safely. Any materials that could be recycled should also be taken to the refuge site to help save the environment.

The cost of unblocking sewers is high. There are approximately eighty thousand blockages in the United Kingdom’s sewers every year. This accounts for approximately twelve million pounds of the tax payer’s money. This money could be better spent in other areas. Blockages are easily prevented so with a bit of awareness the country can save and spend to better improve other areas. These statistics are based off a report from Thames water which is a big supplier in the UK. However, they do not operate all of the UK’s sewage systems so the number of blockages each year might actually be significantly higher and the cost even greater.