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Strategies for Preventing Blocked Drains

Blocked drain image by Liz Boynton.

Whether in the street or at home, a blocked drain can be an annoyance. Image by Liz Boynton (via Shutterstock).

The easiest and simplest way to prevent blocked drains is by taking care of what you deposit in the drain channels. Stuff like grease, hair, coffee grounds and soap scum are detrimental to the drains and should be avoided. First, cooking grease and coffee ground deposits should be discarded in the garbage trash and not washed down the sink. Secondly, use a sieve or drain screen to cover the mouth of the drain so as to avoid hair, soap scum, and other materials from getting in. You can visit your local expert and seek professional help in regard to the best sieve for your drain. Nevertheless, it’s important to know other crucial routine tips that will prevent your drain from blocking.

  1. Hot Water Treatment

It’s important that you run hot water down the sink channel after use. Hot water melts oil and other materials preventing them from clogging. This is a precaution measure in drain unblocking as it ensures that your channels are free from obstruction. Clogs usually slow down the movement of the waste down the drain, and at times can resist material movement.

  1. Baking Soda Treatment

Baking soda is an effective cleaning agent. Once in a while, it is important to clean your drain channels. Baking soda is able to absorb the odour as it also leaves the channel obstruction free. However, for effective performance, you need to run down hot water after you apply the baking soda. If you do so, you will have a drain that is not only clog-free but also one that smells nice.

  1. Vinegar Treatment

There is so much that vinegar does. Often, you need to pour a cup of vinegar solution to the channels as you let the solution sit for half an hour. Vinegar contains acetic acid which is effective in drain unblocking. After 30 min of vinegar treatment, it’s advisable to chase the chemical down the septic with hot water. This will enhance the best unblocking results. The advantage of vinegar cleaning is the effectiveness of the chemical to enhance a clog free and good smelling channel.

  1. Consult a Professional

Plumbers are there for a reason, and you should allow the experts to do your piping works. At times, blocked drains result from reasons that are installation related. In such case, you have to seek expert advice in relation to new installations and repairs. Overall expert advice is important for the following reasons:


  • To prevent blocking of the pipes
  • Saves on cost of repair and replacement
  • To check on the performance of the water and sewer channels
  • Provides important information on how to prevent future blocking and expense

Overall, it is important to have basic tips on preventing clogging of the drain channels. This is vital in ensuring that your toilet or sink is free from obstruction. An obstruction free drain channel facilitates easy working. The practice also ensures that you save money that you would have otherwise used in the replacements and repairs. If the right tips are followed, you can easily prevent blocked drains. Contact us at Speedy Jet Drainage with any enquiries or for any further information.

How Cement Blocked Drains

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How the pouring of builders’ cement into a Peckham sewer saw this part of South London affected by the mother of blocked drains

Blocked drains cement image by Apidach (via Shutterstock).

Culprit: builders’ cement. Image by Apidach (via Shutterstock).

In February this year, a ‘selfish and irresponsible’ fellow didn’t take heed of the Three Ps message (Pee Poo Paper only) of the water companies. Instead of sticking to the Three Ps, the anonymous culprit poured cement into the sewers. With a few grams of builders’ cement, Peckham’s sewers were blocked that month. Hanover Park was affected by the mother of blocked drains.

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In Video: A Selection of Drainage Clips

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Video footage of drainage systems in action

Drainage clips image by MT Manta (via Shutterstock).

Whole Lotta Drainage going on: a sewerage operative. Image by MT Manta (via Shutterstock).

Some of London’s greatest architectural wonders are almost invisible to the human eye. They are as much a London icon as the Underground and Trafalgar Square. It is the city’s Victorian sewers designed by Joseph Bazalgette. The sewers were built to rid the city of cholera epidemics, as the River Thames was used as an open sewer. As a tribute to Bazalgette’s ingenuity, we have a selection of drainage clips for your delight. read more →

Isle of Dogs Pumping Station Listed

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Postmodern pumping station by John Outram granted Grade II* Listed Building status

Isle of Dogs pumping station image by Reading Tom.

John Outram’s postmodern pumping station on Stewart Street, Isle of Dogs. Image by Reading Tom (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Some Rights Reserved).

In most cases, function trumps form in terms of pumping station design. Most buildings are utilitarian, nondescript structures, with the exception of late-19th century structures. As for getting Listed Building Status, like rocking horse dump.

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Six Strange Things Seen in Drains

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A selection of strange things that have been seen in drains

Clear drains image by Urbazon (via Shutterstock).

Clean drains are next to godliness. One with a fatberg or a can of lager is the spawn of Satan. Image by Urbazon (via Shutterstock).

In a previous post, we looked at fatbergs. This was in relation to how they blocked our sewers. We said how it was a big problem in our part of the world. Shortly after our piece, we found out about the unusual things that have been seen in drains. This time, the Northumberland Gazette’s latest article has inspired our post.

Here’s a look at the six strangest things to have been seen in our drains.

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In Pictures: Unusual Manhole Covers

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A selection of unusual and ornate manhole covers from around the world

Unless you fall in one, or work in our industry, manhole covers are something we take for granted. We think of them as serving a purpose, and that many of them look pretty similar. The latter point is further than the truth. Over the last 200 years, there has been numerous designs, especially up to the mid-20th century. Some companies, like John Needham and Son in Stockport, became nationwide players till their foundry closed in 1979.

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Franchise Brands Snap Up Metro Rod

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How Metro Rod, a leading drainage company was purchased for £28 million

Drain Cover Metro Rod post image by J. Taylor, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Image by J. Taylor, 2008 (Creative Commons License: Attribution-Share Alike).

Metro Rod, one of Britain’s leading drainage unblocking companies, has been bought by Franchise Brands plc for £28 million. The deal is partly funded by £20 million discounted equity placing. The remainder is funded by Franchise Brands’ new bank facilities, with up to £17 million available and £1.8 million of working capital.

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Floating Drones for Drains

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How Anglian Water’s Draincare partnership will be using floating drones for Grimsby’s sewers

Floating drones image by NH (via Shutterstock).

“I don’t care whose it is, It’s floating!” In this case we should. What is there not to like about the use of floating drones to inspect our sewers? Apart from an innovative way of identifying problems, fewer road closures and temporary traffic lights are priceless. Image by NH (via Shutterstock).

Ever been annoyed each time you see a set of temporary traffic lights? On some occasions they could be working on the drains. This job usually requires a degree of manpower and inspecting the sewers could be an arduous and smelly one. In Grimsby, Anglian Water’s Draincare have got a marvellous plan up their sleeve: floating drones.

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What is a Fatberg?

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Fatberg Drainage

(Above: Photo of a Fatberg – source: Wikipedia)

How is a fatberg formed and why do they cause so much disruption to the sewerage system?

A fatberg is a nasty piece of work. It is the accumulation of fat that has built up inside a sewer. This is caused by the flushing of vegetable and animal fats, sanitary items, and wet wipes. Whereas bog-standard toilet paper can break down, wet wipes and sanitary items cannot. If you flushed a bit of vegetable oil down the sink, it will create an iceberg style clump of fat, floating in the sewer itself. Instead of polar bears, you get rats, the odd cotton bud and the remains of one’s takeaway.

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Me and My Girl, Drain Spotting

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How a drain spotting photographer is shaming Cornwall’s blocked drains

Blocked drain image by Liz Boynton.

Whether in the street or at home, a blocked drain can be an annoyance. Image by Liz Boynton (via Shutterstock).

Choose clear drains, refrain from pouring fat down the sink, forget flushing ear buds down the toilet… ah yes, but there’s always somebody somewhere doing the opposite. Somebody who has brazenly poured fat down the sink and – in due process – it had joined several fatbergs in one of Bazelgette’s finest creations.

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