A Case of Fat

One of the most common problems with drains comes in substances that never intended to be disposed of within them. With many places having kitchens as a part of the property, it is common for the kitchen staff to dispose of large volumes of fat down sink plugholes and into their drainage system.

Whether it is a restaurant, a hotel, a care home, a school or a hospital – we have seen it happen hundreds of times, and the results are always the same.

Our team were called to a problem on a property that bore all the hallmarks of blockage due to fat disposal. A large amount of disposed fat from the kitchen had resulted in the complete prevention of flow into the man hole.

Many people do not realise what contributes to the fat that clogs up a private or public drain system. Regardless of what a friend will tell you, using hot water and soap will not break down and completely clear your fat blockage. Dislodging any part of the blockage could potentially force it through your drainage field – which can result in higher costs.

The best way to avoid blockage is to avoid letting any fats, oils and greases head down your sink and into your drainage system, especially when rinsing plates off before putting them in a dishwasher. Your dishwasher has a filter that can be cleaned regularly, as can a bin be emptied after scraping off food waste. These are much easier options than letting your drainage system handle it.

Our team had extensive experience in similar instances to know how to quickly solve this radical fat buildup. Using our professional jet washer tools, we directed a jet of water at high pressure that removed this larger buildup. Occasionally, when fat deposits are more severe, cutters would be used to cut through the fat.

In extreme circumstances, where the drains are large enough, our team would have to enter the sewage system to remove the fat block by hand.

If you have a fat buildup in your drains, contact the team at Blocked Drains Northwest today.


Posted on

August 21, 2023