With the discovery of a 130 tonne monster fat berg by Thames Water in a Whitechapel sewer we thought we would take a look at the chances of one developing in your own residential drain system. The fat berg in Whitechapel, which measures 250m long has developed over years and is a result of the collection of fat, oil, nappies, wet wipes and other items disposed off into the drainage system, all binding together. This particular fat berg has received a great deal of press coverage due to its immense size and a London museum even wants to display a cross section.
The question is can a fat berg develop in your local drain system and can it be prevented?
It is believed that wet wipes are one of the main culprits in the creation and growth of fat bergs. It is now advised that these should not be disposed off down the toilet. Wet wipes do not break down as quickly as toilet paper. They remain in pipes and merge with fat to create huge rock hard fat bergs.
Never pour oil and fat down the sink. When it cools it sets hard clogging your pipes. It is hard to remove fat in pipes using hot water and other liquids. Try collecting fat in a plastic pot and putting in the bin.
If you use a dishwasher try to remove as much food and waste of the plates as possible before the wash.
According to statistics there are 6.7 million blocked drains each year in the UK.
If you find that your drains may be blocked there could be a number of causes. At CCTV Drain Survey we can unblock your drain and carry out a CCTV Drain Survey if required to find the cause. We also provide home buyer drain surveys to check that there are no problems in a property you are selling or buying.
For more information call CCTV Drain Survey on 02038156662