Where do the sewers take my waste and what do they do with it?

Where do the sewers take my waste and what do they do with it?

One of the things we forget most often is our drainage systems and their connection to the public sewerage system. We take it for granted that we will always have clean water when we turn on the tap and we don’t really give much of a second thought to the role our drains have to play in the public sewer system. But if we leave our drains unattended for too long then they stop functioning as they should and this can not only damage the drains on our own properties, but it can cause trouble for the public drains as well.

where does the sewers leadWhen we flush away our waste, it is taken to the public sewers via our own personal drainage systems. Each house in your area is connected to the same sewer, and the further along the sewer you go the bigger it gets because more and more properties are joining to it. In most cases the wastewater is passed through a pumping station if the volume of water is too much for the sewer to handle, preventing the sewer from becoming overwhelmed by the amount of waste passing through it.

Once you get past the sewage systems, the wastewater is sent to settlement tanks. In these tanks the water is left to sit motionless to allow any solid debris in the water to sink to the bottom of the tank, where it is removed by scrapers. This debris will then go on to have a variety of purposes, including compost, fertilisers, and even making renewable energy!

The remaining wastewater is still not clean at this point so it must pass on to the next step which is an aeration tank. The water sits while oxygen is pumped into these tanks. The oxygen encourages any ‘friendly’ bacteria in the water to grow and multiply as they will kill of the harmful bacteria. Following the aeration tank, the water is sent to another settlement tank where it can sit motionless again, allowing the bacteria that is now dead to sink to the bottom. Again, this is removed using scrapers.

The final stage of the process, which is seen in most sewerage system cases but not all, is to pass the remaining water through sand to eradicate any stubborn waste or bacteria that has not yet been picked up. This water is now clean and ready to be released into the nearest ocean, lake, or river, and so enters the natural cycle again.

You can see through this process where our role lies. We must take care of our drains so that they can do their jobs properly and take away our waste to be used for other things. There are many ways you can look after your drains, one of the main things being correct disposal of waste.

In many properties food waste is flushed down the sink, which is a number one reason for blockages. Oily or greasy substances stick to the walls of the drains easily and can cause an obstruction so the water is not able to pass through smoothly. Nappies, baby wipes, and sanitary items must also be thrown away properly, as opposed to flushed down the toilet. These items do not break down quickly enough to be taken away by the drains and so they block the pipes up and prevent you from flushing your toilet.

You can also regularly maintain your drains by calling out a professional drain engineer to conduct a CCTV drain survey on your property. Using the latest software and equipment they will be able to identify any underlying problems with your drains that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. CCTV drain surveys are a great way of catching the problem before it can begin to cause trouble.

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How can I unblock my toilet?

How can I unblock my toilet?

How can I unblock my toiletBlockages can be a huge inconvenience and a great source of stress, especially when the blockage is in your toilet. It is easy to take our drainage systems for granted, and we often forget about how to take care of our drains. If you are experiencing a blockage in your toilet, this can be a pain but there are things you can do if the blockage is not too large. The most important thing is that you act quickly, because the longer you leave it, the larger the blockage is going to get and then it will start to cause some much bigger problems. Save yourself time and money and act as soon as you spot the blockage.

The most important part of unblocking any toilet is to avoid flushing. In most cases you will notice that the toilet is blocked once you have tried flushing, where you will see the water level rising rather than lowering. But it is very important that you do not continue to flush it if this happens.

No amount of flushing will dislodge the blockage, and continuing the flush the toilet will only increase the water levels until it spills over. This can pose a health risk as the dirty wastewater will contaminate your bathroom and you can become very ill from this. More about sewers here.

Once you have identified the blockage, your next step is to find out where it is. The number one way to do this will be to put on some rubber gloves and have a feel around the base of the toilet bowl to see if you can feel for the blockage. If you find anything, perhaps some waste or a build up of toilet paper, you can use your hands to loosen and dislodge the blockage. You can also check to see the water levels in the chamber – if the chamber is empty, then the blockage is between the chamber and the toilet, but if the chamber is full then the blockage is further down the pipelines.

The next step is to tackle the blockage. You can use a plunger to dislodge the blockage and remove it. Make sure that the plunger is shaped to the opening of the toilet bowl to create the right amount of pressure needed to either pull or push the blockage. Make sure that this step is done carefully to avoid forcing the water to spill over the bowl. Once the blockage is dislodged, it can usually be removed by flushing it away. You can then test how well the blockage has been cleared by placing a sheet of toilet paper in the bowl and flushing. How well the paper flushes away will indicate how well the blockage has been cleared.

If you do not have a toilet plunger, a wire coat hanger is your best bet. Straighten out the hanger so that it is one long wire, and bend the wire into a curve so that you can push it into the toilet pipe leading up to the chamber. Wiggle the wire around a bit to try and clear the blockage, but make sure to do this step carefully so as not to damage the toilet bowl by scratching it.

Some blockages are very small and in these scenarios you may not even need to go to the lengths of using a plunger or a coat wire to dislodge them. Pouring boiling hot water down the bowl can dissolve the blockage if it is not too severe, although sometimes you may need to follow it up by using a plunger just to give the blockage a little extra push. Failing this, you may need to use baking soda or a drain cleaner to clear the blockage with extra strength. These can be found in most supermarkets in the cleaning products aisles.

Taking these steps can be an efficient and cost-effective way of unblocking the toilet yourself. However, if you are unsure of what to do, or if the blockage is too large to remove yourself then it is important that you call a professional drain technician. With years of experience and training they will be fully equipped to tackle your blocked drain with the latest technology and equipment, guaranteeing you high standard work and safe results.

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Can sewage be used to make energy

Can sewage be used to make energy?

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Playing our part in sustainability and making energy of wasteIt is important that, in order to play your part in this economical process, you maintain the quality of your drains. If a blockage occurs on your property, it prevents water and waste from being washed into the sewage system, and prevents it from being used as a part of the renewable energy system.

CCTV surveys are the best way of regularly checking in on your drains and identifying any underlying problems that you would not have otherwise known about. It is also important to make sure to properly take care of your drains by correctly disposing of any food waste or toilet items. Greasy and fatty substances, as well as coffee granules, must be thrown away in the bin as opposed to flushing them down the sink.

These substances do not wash away easily and can easily block the pipes. It is also important to properly dispose of nappies and baby wipes, as well as sanitary items, into the bin and not flushed down the toilet.

These products do not break down when they are in the drains and so will cause some very serious blockages in your drainage systems. Over time, if these food materials are continually washed away down the drains they can build up and create a blockage that can become very damaging and expensive to fix, and over time this means that waste is not washed away from your house, denying it the chance to be used to create renewable energy. If you feel you may have a blockage and require plumbing services, don’t hesitate to call blocked drain Bristol.

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Can sewage be used to make energy?

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One way to make energy out of sewageIt is easy to forget about how much we take our sewage systems for granted. In our line of work at blocked drain Bristol, you certainly never take a working sewage system for granted. The systems in place are there for much more than to just get rid of our waste. There are new plans in action to use the waste that we flush away as valuable resources to generate energy. It may sound like a strange idea, but in reality it makes a great deal of sense and is hugely beneficial economically as well as environmentally. The main way in which waste is being used to make energy at the moment is anaerobic digestion.

When wastewater is sent through sewage systems, it eventually leads to settlement tanks. The tanks allow the water and waste to sit relatively motionless, which leads to the solid waste floating on the bottom of the tank. This waste is then scraped off and used for many different things, including fertiliser, compost, and anaerobic digestion.

Anaerobic digestion is a process that involves using microorganisms to break down the waste and biodegradable material without using oxygen. The result of the process of breaking down these materials is the production of bio gas, primarily methane and carbon dioxide. These gases can be made into electrical and thermal energy, and can be used as a renewable source of energy to displace fossil fuels like coal and oil.

There are many other benefits to using anaerobic digestion. The process requires less energy and less chemicals, and the cost of handling the sludge from the settlement tanks is much lower than aerobic digestion methods.

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