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Christmas Leftovers Wreaking Havoc on UK Drains

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Each year, families and friends across the UK come together to eat, drink and be merry! This year was no exception - gorging on mum’s famous Christmas dinner and then indulging in grandma’s legendary Christmas pudding that she has been nurturing over the past 6 months. It is safe to say that most of the nation is now trying to shed some of that Christmas fat! The same goes for the drainage systems, over the Christmas period there is a significant rise in people disposing of fat and oils down the sink, causing absolute havoc in the drains as they try to cope with the sheer amount of congealed fat building up. Need to Shed the Fat! The congealed fat that is building up steadily in the drains is often mashed up with all kinds of non-flushable items that people have disposed of down the loo. This combination of fat, oils, wet wipes, sanitary towels and all kinds of other items then goes on to form enormous, foul-smelling fatbergs, or ‘Turkeybergs’ as they are known around the festive season. Blockages in the form of fatbergs have been found to weigh up to a huge 15 tonnes and reach the size of a double-decker bus! As you can imagine, blockages of this size are an enormous problem. They can take weeks to remove, resulting in the flow of water in the drains being very limited, which can lead to problems for the residence of that particular area. Drainage specialists across the country are urging people to think about what they are putting down their drains. Homeowners and businesses are being encouraged to stop pouring fats down the sink and stop flushing non-flushable items. London in particular suffers substantially due to condensed living conditions. Fat affecting the winter living The wet weather last year was almost unbearable,

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Normal service resumes after Christmas hangover, with the team excited for a busy 2015

Friday, January 9th, 2015

It is business as usual at London Drainage Facilities as normal service resumes after the team returns from their Christmas festivities. As of 5th January, The team at London Drainage Facilities (LDF) have opened the doors again for business as usual after all the excitement of the Christmas celebrations. With plenty to look forward to in 2015, LDF are working extra hard to prepare for exciting big contracts and new customers in the coming year. Our engineering experts are on-call and back on the road providing repairs, drain maintenance and CCTV surveys, and the team at head office are busy ensuring that every single customer is delivered a service that meets their exacting standards. The coming twelve months is set to be action-packed for everyone at LDF and all staff are showing real enthusiasm and excitement for what is in store for 2015. Fraser Ruthven, Growth and Strategy Manager at LDF says: “Everyone is excited for 2015 - there is so much to look forward to and a real variety of exciting new projects to keep us busy. Since the moment we arrived back after Christmas it has been go, go, go. Every year we are simply getting busier and busier!” Drains across London and the rest of the UK have taken a beating over the Christmas holidays, coping with a significant increase in oils and fats as these troublesome foodstuffs are being disposed of incorrectly. LDF’s experts have first-hand experience of the effects of the oils and fats in the city’s drains, and wish to focusing on educating people throughout the city on what can go down the drain and what needs to remain out of the capital’s sewers. In addition, our feared wet winter weather is well underway, causing problems with transport, properties and, of course, placing more strain on our drainage

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