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What Causes Sewer Flooding?

Posted on March 30, 2016

Sewer flooding is an unfortunate, unpleasant event that happens from time to time. Although it is not always preventable, there are some things which can be done to keep this from happening. Here, we run through some of the main reasons sewer flooding occurs, and what can be done to stop this from happening.

Climate change and bad weather

When large amounts of rainwater – be it from storms, showers or melted snow – enter the sewer system, they unbalance the water levels, creating flooding of the sewer. Natural occurrences like these cannot be easily prevented, but measures can be put in place to catch the water before it has a chance to enter the sewers.

Unsuitable products in drains

When homeowners and people using public facilities place unsuitable products down their toilets, sinks and other drains, they can create blockages and, subsequently, increase the risk of sewer flooding. To prevent this from happening, don’t let any foreign objects make their way into your drains and systems.

Population growth

With a higher population than ever before, the strain on our country’s sewers is higher than ever before. More and more people are using water and, as such, creating wastewater which has to be taken away within the sewers. Society should endeavour to be mindful of just how much water they are using on a day-to-day basis, cutting amounts whenever and wherever possible.

Paving over green spaces

By paving over green spaces in gardens and public areas, people are taking away areas of natural absorption into which a lot of rainwater can be taken away. In the event of heavy rain, water with nowhere to be absorbed into will simply run into drains, putting huge strains on our sewers. Try and keep greenery wherever you can, rather than paving over grassy areas, as you never know what a difference it could be making to your local sewer system.

Here at Wildon UK, we help our customers with their properties’ water systems every day to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently at all times. If you’re experiencing difficulties with your property’s water, drainage or wastewater system, get in touch with us today. Our highly trained engineers are on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thanks to our emergency call out service, meaning you never have to worry about an issue with your system getting in the way of your premises’ function. Get in touch with our friendly team today to find out more.

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