You’re probably familiar with the term ‘fatberg’ – one of the most shared horror stories in the drain maintenance industry.
These sizeable build-ups of grease, kitchen waste and other items that shouldn’t be flushed can cause blockages, bad smells and even environmental damage.
But the ‘bus sized’ monstrosities you see being pressure jetted by professional sewer workers on the news aren’t the only kind that can occur.
The buildings we live and work in can also experience drain problems due to fatbergs – here’s how to solve them.
What To Do If You Have a Fatberg in Your Drains
Prevent rather than cure
We’ve talked recently about the correct disposal of fats, oils and greases (FOG’s), particularly not pouring them down the drain.
However inconvenient or time consuming it seems to form these good habits, the potential alternative is much more of a hassle.
Ensure that only water, human waste and flushable toilet tissues go into your system, to avoid septic tank problems or similar issues.
Spot the signs
There are several telltale indicators that you could have a fatberg forming in your drains, including:
- Unpleasant odours
- Slow draining of water in sinks and baths
- Strange gurgling sounds
- Overflow when toilets are flushed
If it is indeed a fatberg, it might be something you can sort yourself – but professional assistance may be required.
Tackle it yourself
If you believe you have a minor fatberg issue, then there are some DIY techniques that might prove effective.
These include using a plunger to try and dislodge the obstruction using suction, or pouring boiling water down your drains.
There are also a number of ‘over the counter’ drain maintenance products that could offer some relief – but beware of harsh chemical solutions.
Seek professional assistance
If do-it-yourself doesn’t do it, it may be time to call on the services of a professional experienced in dealing with drain problems like fatbergs.
This will help confirm the presence, location and size of any fatberg – as well as the next steps to remove it.
Whether drain rods or high pressure water jets are required – or even repair work – a capable provider can confirm what you need.
Consistency is key against fatbergs
Whether you simply suspect a fatberg or have had it confirmed by a specialist, you can protect your drains by following a few simple steps.
Keep all non-organic and food waste out of your sinks and drains, to avoid septic tank problems or pipework issues.
And if you’re keen to arrange a drain maintenance schedule to ensure your peace-of-mind, please get in touch.