Where does my waste go?
It is very easy to take for granted our sewerage systems. We forget that there is an intricate system of drains and pipes that take away our waste so that we don’t have to deal with it. However, if something goes wrong with the drains on our properties, it is a harsh reminder that we must take care of these pipes so they don’t fail and cause any significant damage.
Waste that we flush away is taken from our properties to the public sewer systems via our own personal drainage systems. The further along the system you go, the more drains there are joining together and so the size of the sewer increases. Here collapsed drains are a severe issue if they occur. Wastewater is often passed through a pumping station if there is a large amount of waste, as normal sewers can sometimes become overwhelmed with the amount of waste being passed through them.
Beyond the sewage systems, waste is sent to settlement tanks. The water is left motionless in the tank, allowing the solid waste to fall to the bottom of the tank where it can be scraped away. Anything that is taken away by scrapers is used for a variety of things, including fertilisers, compost, and can even be used to generate energy.
The water is still not completely clean after this process, so the next step is for it to be sent to an aeration tank where oxygen is pumped into the water to encourage any ‘friendly’ bacteria to grow and multiply, as this bacteria will then eliminate the harmful microorganisms that still reside in the wastewater. Following the aeration tanks, the water is sent to another settlement tank to allow the dead microorganisms to fall to the bottom of the tank and be removed by the scrapers.
The final stage is to pass the water through sand, as this will remove any final waste that has not been caught in the previous processes. The water is then released into a nearby body of water, such as a river, lake, or ocean. Through this process you can see how the wastewater that we flush away becomes part of the natural cycle, and this emphasises our role in taking care of the sewage systems.
If something goes wrong with your drains, it is preventing the wastewater from being taken away into the sewers. It is very important to properly maintain your drains and ensure that you are not washing away anything that may disrupt this process.
For example, food waste, nappies, sanitary items and baby wipes are all things that can easily block up a drain. Once the drain is blocked, the waste is stopped from being taken away into the sewage system, and it will be left on your property to cause more damage that can ultimately result in flooding, and so the waste will all be spilt out back into your house. This is an unnecessary issue that can be efficiently prevented by taking the proper precautions.
We highly recommend calling a drain engineer to conduct a CCTV drain survey on your drainage systems, as this will identify any underlying problems in your drains that you wouldn’t have otherwise noticed. Should an issue be located, it will be dealt with then and there so you can rest assured knowing that you’re not going to be faced with an expensive blockage any time soon. CCTV drain surveys are particularly handy if your drains are old and worn out.
Once a drain is worn down, it is far more susceptible to issues like cracks and bursting, and even complete collapse. These problems are far more expensive and can cause a great deal of stress, so to avoid anything like this we recommend acting straight away and getting a survey done on your drains today. This can be arranged easily, by calling our Blocked Drain Bournemouth team.