Christmas dinner with all the trimmings could lead to congealed cooking oil and grease blocking drains up and down the country, water companies have warned. Engineers from Severn Trent Water have been digging tons of fatty gunk, which sets as hard as concrete, out of sewers in the West Midlands after reports of flooding caused […]
When fats, oils, and greases (FOG) go down the drain at home, they stick to pipes and harden to create blockages. Clogged and damaged pipes can lead to sewer overflows, where raw sewage can back up into your home, lawn, neighborhood, streets, and storm drains. This mess presents hazards not only to human health, but […]
A former police dog will be swapping a life of crime for a life of grime, after being picked to detect sewer blocking ‘fat bergs’. Hector, a nine-stone bloodhound, has been trained to detect fatty blockages on Southern Water’s 25,000 mile sewer network by sniffing air gaps present at ground level.
Fatbergs are the scourge of cities all over the world, and can grow to the length of a Boeing 747. Ian Wylie braves a London sewer to witness this filthy threat for himself – and uncovers some new ideas for defeating them.
Once poured down the kitchen sink, fats, oils, and grease (FOG) condense and clog pipes and sewer lines below our feet.