"Me no I don'tput有史以来我的水槽脂肪！" (avoids line of sight by looking into the air and whistling)
... Ah but that's not what I asked?
I guess it's not just me then. None of us does it consciously (I hope). I know, I know, we should all know better, but unless we are actively preventing it, it is hard to stop fat, grease and oil from getting into our drains. So maybe the question should be - Who is actively preventing fat, grease and oil from entering their drainage system?
Well that does put the onus on us to take action, doesn't it?
If we allow inappropriate material and liquids that congeal and go hard like concrete, down the drains and sewers we are guaranteed to experience more blockages around the house than if we stopped them.
The effect’s of these substances are also negatively affecting our public sewers. If we as individual households are not preventing grease, fat and oil to enter our drainage systems then it falls to the authorities to increase the maintenance of our public sewers. If you believe that prevention saves the need for a solution then the solution is in your hands.
Why is this relevant to us?
My name is Gerry, the owner of Asl Limited, a drainage company with 4 departments covering block drains; private sewage systems; pumps and pumping stations; and connecting businesses and domestic homes to main public sewers.
In my experience over the many years, customers often declare to me that they don’t know they’re putting fat grease or oil down the drains.
More than 50% of us are more likely to deny pouring fats, oils, and grease down the drain. Only a few millimetres from each of our washing up; times millions have an unimaginable collective result.
When considering the state of our environment, it is our habits and actions that are taking a huge toll on global warming. We have arrived! Natural resources are decreasing because of polluting our rivers and fossil fuels; greenhouse gasses contribute to climate change.
We must get more involved with delegating; asking questions about the day-to-day maintenance of our drains (all types of drains). If done, we know it protects the environment; what we don’t do today has an impact on something or someone. What we are putting down our drains and toilets IS having an impact.
Yes, we pay service fees for our waste to be taken away so we can forget about it and carry on living, but the reality is – the systems can’t cope because it's not just fat, grease and oil either!
Surface Water Overload!
Public sewage treatment works, cannot cope; see videos on I-player on pollution of our rivers.
Water authorities during heavy rain, have at the moment, no control over the quantity of wastewater through the public drains and no alternative but to allow millions of litres of untreated sewage (including the tiny bits of plastic) into our rivers and sea.
No, we don’t agree with this. Yes, we think they should take the responsibility to stop this pollution – but so should we. As individuals, it is our responsibility to make sure no fat, grease or oil goes down our drains and to prevent wipes and cotton buds from going down our drains too.
If you are in any doubt about the kind of drainage you have or would like some more information on grease traps, soakaways or surface water drainage please call our friendly office team on 0800 181 684 for some free advice.