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What will happen to my property if it gets flooded?

What will happen to my property if it gets flooded?

Most of time, if something goes wrong with a drain it can be fixed quickly and efficiently, and it doesn’t cause too much damage to the property. However, there are often cases where the problems are ignored and left to grow in size and severity, and in the majority of these cases the result is flooding. You may have heard many horror stories from people whose homes have been damaged by flooding, and it is a very serious concern, so it is important to know what to do when it happens.

The most common cause of flooding from drainage systems is a burst pipe, or a collapsed drain. Not only do these problems damage the drainage system itself, but because the water in the drainage system is no longer contained properly it is left to flood the property. Drains that are particularly old and worn down are more vulnerable to collapsing, as there will be many faults with the drain that mean it cannot withstand the pressure both inside and out.

get assistance with your flooded floor fastFor instance, drains that are old and worn down are more likely to have cracks in them. Once there is a crack in the drain, it is weak and therefore susceptible to invasion either from rats or tree roots. This will only increase the severity of the situation until the drain cannot handle any more pressure and simply collapses. Now that the water has a way out, it will take it! In order to prevent this from happening, it is a good idea to regularly maintain your drains by taking care of what you wash away down the sinks or the toilets, as well as getting regular CCTV drain surveys to thoroughly inspect the quality of your drainage systems.

Flooding not only causes a large amount of damage to your property, it can pose a very serious health risk. The bacteria that is carried in the wastewater we wash away will quickly contaminate your home, and from there it can easily spread disease. To keep yourself and everyone who lives at your property safe from illness, you need to take careful steps once you find the flood.
Should you find yourself with an unexpected flood, the first thing to do is to isolate any electrical circuits by switching off the supply at the fuse box. It might seem like common sense, but it is a very important step. When water comes into contact with an electrical circuit the risk of electrocution is incredibly high.

Following that, you will need to call a professional drain engineer to drain the water from your home. Once the water is drained and cleared away, make sure that anything that may have come into contact with the wastewater is washed and treated with disinfectant to avoid further spreading of the bacteria found in the water. While you are clearing up, always wear rubber gloves in case you come across any sharp objects, and to avoid contaminating your hands with wastewater. Regularly wash your hands as an extra measure to avoid becoming ill. You may also find that you need to call an electrician if any of the electrical circuits or equipment have been flooded.

The number one way to prevent flooding is to avoid flushing away waste that should be thrown in the bin. Many people make the mistake of flushing food waste down the sinks, when in reality this is one of the main causes of blockages.

Food substances that are oily, greasy or fatty will easily stick to the walls of drains, causing obstructions meaning that the water cannot be passed through the pipe smoothly. Toilets can also become easily flooded when foreign objects are flushed away. Items such as nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items are too big for the drains to handle, and the materials do not break down fast enough to be washed away easily, so they will very quickly block your toilet. The longer you continue to incorrectly dispose of waste, the bigger the buildup will get, and so the more severe that damage will be.

Where will my waste go?

Where will my waste go?

where does my waste goThe 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.

If you need instant help with issues like burst pipes or flooded floors. Don’t hesitate to contact our friendly local and professional team now.

What do I do if my toilet is blocked? 2/2

What do I do if my toilet is blocked?

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A sink or pipe snake for your clogged drainsIf your home is not equipped with a plunger for the toilet. Our experts highly recommend that you equip it with that straight away. Most small blockages can be resolved with the use of a toilet specific plunger. There is some confusion towards if a plumber pushes or pulls at the blockage. But the truth is that it does both.

When using a plunger there needs to be water in the bowl enough to cover all the edges. And a the plunger needs to seal tightly to work best. If your plunger is stiff and doesn’t want to seal. It helps to use warm water, either in a bucket or running it under the tap.

Be careful when using it as not to splash bacteria infested sewage water onto the floor. Also, always remember to clean with a strong detergent afterwards. We recommend bleach. Which you can leave on the floor to work its magic for a while before washing again with soapy water.

Use a pumping and pulsating motion to dislodge the block. Once clear, flush the toilet a couple of time to ensure that there is free flow.

If your block is persistent. Use a pipe snake to work at the issue. If you don’t have one you can also use an old wire coat hanger. Unravel it and shape it with a small hook at the end. Take great care if you do use a wire coat hanger. Avoid scrapes and scratches on the inside of your toilet and pipes.

Other good ideas to put into action is pouring boiling water down the drain. For mild blockages this is a good and environmentally friendly way. As opposed to using strong chemicals to dissolve the clog.

If none of these suggestions work. It’s time to get in touch with a plumber and drain clearing service. It’s important that a block is not left. There are many households which are equipped with more than one toilet. But closing the door and leaving it to fester is a recipe for disaster. Serious health risk and malignant bacteria thrive under these conditions. It’s always better to resolve the issue immediately, either by yourself or by calling a drain unblocking Leicester service.

Keep attentive, and tackle any toilet drain issue as quickly as possible as it starts to show. That way you will rarely find yourself faced with a blockage you cannot sort. Never use the toilet for sanitary products or earbuds and make sure there is a bin in your bathroom so the temptation is removed.

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What​ ​do​ ​I​ ​do​ ​if​ ​my​ ​toilet​ ​is​ ​blocked?

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The right plunger for the jobOne​ ​of​ ​the​ ​more​ ​horrific​ ​situations​ ​we​ ​can​ ​imagine​ ​is​ ​our​ ​toilet​ ​getting​ ​blocked​ ​up.​ ​Greatly
inconvenient.​ ​Not​ ​to​ ​mention​ ​the​ ​discomfort​ ​it​ ​can​ ​cause​ ​us​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​in​ ​our​ ​own​ ​homes.​ ​If​ ​a​ ​block​ ​is not​ ​attended​ ​as​ ​it​ ​should​ ​be.​ ​Which​ ​is​ ​straight​ ​away,​ ​and​ ​with​ ​a​ ​solution​ ​that​ ​fixes​ ​the​ ​issue
permanently.​ ​When​ ​you​ ​discover​ ​an​ ​issue​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​that​ ​you​ ​take​ ​action​ ​immediately.

A​ ​common​ ​mistake​ ​is​ ​to​ ​flush​ ​the​ ​toilet​ ​consecutively​ ​and​ ​insistently.​ ​This​ ​may​ ​feel​ ​a​ ​logic
approach.​ ​But​ ​if​ ​the​ ​issue​ ​was​ ​not​ ​resolved​ ​with​ ​a​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​flushes,​ ​then​ ​the​ ​risk​ ​of​ ​worsening
the​ ​problem​ ​by​ ​putting​ ​more​ ​force​ ​on​ ​it​ ​occurs.​ ​Hammering​ ​it​ ​with​ ​water​ ​will​ ​not​ ​help.​ ​The​ ​chance
of​ ​overflowing​ ​the​ ​bowl​ ​also​ ​increases.​ ​That’s​ ​something​ ​highly​ ​undesired.

In​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​case​ ​scenario​ ​sewage​ ​water​ ​can​ ​flow​ ​back.​ ​A​ ​flood​ ​of​ ​this​ ​if​ ​often​ ​unpleasant​ ​for​ ​your nose.​ ​And​ ​can​ ​cause​ ​a​ ​health​ ​risk.​ ​Especially​ ​if​ ​you​ ​have​ ​toddlers​ ​or​ ​young​ ​children​ ​in​ ​the​ ​house.

After​ ​discovering​ ​the​ ​block​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​locate​ ​where​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pipe​ ​work​ ​it​ ​is​ ​occurring.​ ​Rubber
gloves​ ​are​ ​gold​ ​in​ ​this​ ​situation.​ ​As​ ​it​ ​allows​ ​you​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​around​ ​the​ ​base​ ​of​ ​the​ ​bowl​ ​and​ ​if​ ​the
block​ ​is​ ​there.​ ​It​ ​even​ ​allows​ ​you​ ​to​ ​manipulate​ ​and​ ​loosen​ ​the​ ​clog.

If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​unable​ ​to​ ​locate​ ​the​ ​block​ ​and​ ​are​ ​unsure​ ​of​ ​how​ ​to​ ​tackle​ ​it.​ ​Get​ ​in​ ​touch​ ​with​ ​the local blocked drain Leicester team. ​ ​Seek our team of professionals​ ​for​ ​help.​ ​Most​ ​great​ ​plumbing​ ​services​ ​are​ ​always​ ​happy​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​you​ ​over​ ​the
phone,​ ​or​ ​in​ ​person​ ​if​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​that.