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KwikFlow provides a professional 24 hour emergency service for clearing and unblocking drains.

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Blocked Sewers

Ever wondered the difference between a drain and a sewer? Each home or business has a drain leading off from their sinks, washing machines etc, and all these drains connect to a central sewer that collects everything from these drains. Often a sewer will be servicing an entire road full of houses and businesses, which creates a lot of waste all being moved at the same time.

While blocked drains can be a nuisance to any home, business or premises, blocked sewers are an entirely different kettle of fish. A blocked sewer can affect an entire street, large building block or skyscraper and can shut down businesses, commercial premises and entire areas. A blocked sewer can be far more severe than a blocked drain, call us immediately if you suspect your sewer is blocked.

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Sewer Unblocking In The North East

Blocked sewers are caused by many of the same things as blocked drains, such as fat, oils, solvents, glue and grease which then harden and congeal together when in the cool underground. This mass then catches things like dirt, seeds and plant remnants that wash into the drainpipes around roads, and catch man-made discarded items, such as “disposable” nappies, wet wipes, cotton buds, and things thrown into sink drains.

This then becomes a large blockage in the sewer that prevents any wastewater from passing. This in turn causes flooding above ground and is why so often there are floods from sewers during heavy rains.

One of the main culprits behind blocked sewers tend to be restaurants and food processing facilities that work with a lot of fat and grease which are disposed of improperly down the drains, or even from cleaning off items and this fat gets discarded into the sewer system. Another culprit is households that discard items into the sewer that should not be placed in there such as wet-wipes, disposable nappies and sinks that do not break up foodstuff before going into the drains. You may be familiar with the term “fatberg”, as they are becoming more and more common and being covered in newspapers.

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The way we go about unblocking sewers has a similarity to how we unblock drains, albeit to a larger scale! First we inspect the sewer to figure out where exactly the blockage is and how much of it is comprised of fats and grease, and how much is solid items. Depending on the consistency of the mass and what it is mainly comprised of, we will then decide to either use cutting machines in the pipe to cut through the mass, we can use ultra-pressure power washers to shoot water through the mass in order to cut through the fat and grease, or we can use targeted precision cutting to pierce the foundation of a blockage and allow it to break up naturally from there.

If you suspect that your sewers are blocked, contact Kwikflow immediately and one of our expert technicians will be there to help today.