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How to unblock drain pipes with water jetting?

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Water jetting includes the use of high pressure water jets to clear the local sewer systems or household drainage systems. They are used to unblock the drains and this is done without any chemicals that can damage the environment. Water jetting uses normal water and it can efficiently remove the grease, dirt and detergents which have accumulated within the drainage systems over many years. Sometimes, other methods like drain rods are used to clean the drain but these rods can damage the pipes, gullies, bends and traps, if not carefully done. Water jetting can be more effective than the drain rods in breaking the blockage and washing pipe. For home and business use The high pressure water jetting is used by professionals to clean home drains. Without having to dig up the pipe, the water is injected in the drainpipes. Water jetting also helps to cut down the roots which have grown in the drain; this is done through the power of the water jets. Water jetting is required in restaurants, launderettes and other commercial places where the high pressure of water removes the accumulation of deposits, grease, fats and debris. The reasons of drain clogging Over time, deposits such as fats, grease, silt and minerals build up on the walls of the drain pipe. This accumulation results in the blockage of the pipes. Pipe walls become rough and reduce the ability to move the water in the drainpipe. The situation turns worse when more materials are deposited in the pipes. Thus, the effective way to clear the drain pipe and chambers of the deposits is by using high pressure water jetting. The high water pressure acts like sharp blades and helps to cut the grease off the pipe walls.

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Yorkshire campaign is asking people to prevent drain blockages

Thursday, October 8th, 2009

In the UK and Wales, 75% of sewer blockages are due to the disposal of items in drains or sewers and the majority of flooding incidents are caused by these blockages. According to research in Yorkshire, 40% of the citizens dispose fat, oil and grease in the sink and nearly a quarter of them think that it is okay to dispose things like cotton buds or nappies down the toilet. The Bin It Don't Flush It campaign uses an animated character named Numptee to communicate the effects of putting things in to the sewers. In this animated movie, Numptee dumps the waste in the sewer or sink and watches as his home is flooded. Trevor Birch, Network Asset Manager at Yorkshire Water said that they are seeing more floods in the UK due to the recent bad weather and the consequences could be worse if the sewers are blocked by nappies or fat. He also said that last year 30% of internal flooding in Yorkshire was due to nappies and fat in the drains.

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