The sewer system across the United Kingdom is something of a masterpiece considering the size of our tiny island. The tunnels and pipes and interconnecting web of a world that lives just feet below our floors is fascinating, a part of history and absolutely disgusting. And rightly so! Sewer systems are not supposed to be pristine clean and sparkling. They carry some of the dirtiest waste known to and created by man!
Some of the biggest and dirtiest drains in this country are in the cities and for good reason. Built up concrete areas with high traffic of people like in central business districts means high levels of flushing toilets, using sinks and cars being washed regularly. There’s a lot of weird and wonderful things that you can find in drains and sewers given the high level of water that flows through our pipes daily, you’ll be surprised at what turns up! Sometimes drains get blocked if they’re not looked after properly and in the past when companies have been cleaning out the drains there are some amazing things that have blocked drains. In 2009 in Japan, there was a huge recession through the country and a lot of belts had to be tightened. The Suwa treatment facility in Nagano actually reportedly uncovered tens of thousands of pounds worth of gold through the sludge of the blocked drains. Obviously this was a welcome surprise to those suffering with financial hardship. Blocked drains are no joke and looking after the plumbing in the home is actually really important if you want to keep the value of it and make sure you don’t end up with sewerage backing up in the sinks.
Tunbridge Wells 24/7 Plumbers once unearthed dentures. False teeth are something no one believes will go missing especially down the toilet but actually it’s one of the most common finds in the drainage systems. Pictures of teeth have been posted on water company websites and people have actually been reunited with lost teeth before – yuck! While not common in England, snakes have previously been found in drains in Scotland! Usually snakes are found in drains in more exotic countries so it was definitely a shocker.
One of the worst things a plumbing company can find in a drain is what is affectionately and disgustingly termed a ‘fatberg’. An iceberg shaped structure clinging to the walls of large sewers made of fat, hair and other delicious nasties from people’s plugholes. The costs of cleaning out sewers in London right now are estimating at over £1million a month which is an extortionate amount of money to have to be spent because people cannot effectively manage their waste. Without draining fat from pans into plastic bottles and disposing of them through the bin systems, we end up tipping grease and fat down the sinks. This then creates massive issues for the plumbing under the ground and can cause a backup into domestic property. The damage this can do to the pipes means that even more money has to be spent repairing and replacing them!