Where will my waste go?
The public sewer system, as well as our home drainage systems, work hard every day to provide us with basic necessities like clean drinking water, as well as taking our waste away. However, it has become very easy for us to take this for granted, switching on the taps and expecting water to be there without needing to take care of them. When you’re in the line of work that blocked drain Leicester are, you never take a working drainage system for granted. This is not the case, and when something goes wrong with a drainage system it can sometimes have a much bigger impact that reaches far beyond just our own properties.
All property drainage systems are connected to public sewers, and the water that we flush away is taken from our home to these sewers via our own drainage systems. The further along the sewerage system you go, the more drains join together, and thus the size of the sewer increased. If there is a large amount of waste, the water is often pumped through a pumping station, to stop normal sewers from getting overwhelmed with the amount of wastewater passing through them.
Once the water goes beyond the sewage systems, it reaches settlement tanks where the water is left to sit motionless. This allows the solid waste to sink to the bottom of the tank where scrapers will remove it. The debris that is removed by the scrapers is used for many things, including compost, fertilisers and can also be used to generate renewable energy.
This is not the final step in the process as the water is still not completely clean, and must be sent to an aeration tank. Aeration tanks hold the water while oxygen is pumped into it. The oxygen encourages any ‘friendly’ bacteria in the wastewater to multiply, and it will then kill off the harmful microorganisms that remain in the water. The water is then sent to another settlement tank where the microorganisms that were killed in the aeration tanks can sink to the bottom of the tank and be removed by the scrapers.
In some sewage systems the final process is to pass the water through sand, removing any final waste that may not have been picked up beforehand. Once this is done, the water is released into the nearest body of water, such as an ocean, river or lake. This is how the wastewater we flush away becomes part of the cycle, which shows us how we need to take care of our drains so that they can play their vital part in this cycle.
When something goes wrong with your drains, the wastewater is prevented from being taken away and used in this cycle.
To play your part, it is very important to regularly maintain your drains and ensure that they do not become blocked. You can do this by keeping an eye on what you flush down the drains, making sure to properly dispose of all waste. Certain things, like food substances that are oily or greasy, and foreign objects like nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items must be disposed of in the bins. These materials do not break down fast enough to be washed away with the water, and can very easily cause blockages in the drains after they begin to build up.
If you are unsure of the condition of your drains, we recommend calling a drain technician to conduct a CCTV drain survey on your property. CCTV surveys are a very useful method in which you can identify and locate any underlying issue in your drains that you might not have noticed otherwise. If the survey does find a defect that is likely to cause you problems, it can be dealt with then and there. The drain engineer will also be happy to provide you with a comprehensible, useful report of the findings, as well as some friendly advice on how best to proceed.
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