3 Steps to overcome basement drain backup nuisance!

Did you walk into your basement one fine day, only to be welcomed by water—sewerage water!

Wondering what may have caused your basement drain backups?

Here are some reasons why your sewerage water may have crept out of the drains and into your basements!

  • The sewers are full: There is a certain amount of water sewerage pipes can hold into. In case of rains and storms—sewer systems can overload and burst
  • There are drain blockages: This is one of the most frequent reasons why basement drain backups. Blockages can be due to household waste items through toilet drain, debris and roots from trees that have crept into the sewerage lines and caused the blockage.
  • There is seepage: At times, water levels can be extremely high and creep into the basement through cracked walls and holes. Seepage is likely to happen in the case of heavy downpours or snow-melting weather.

Drain repair: What to do?

When the basement drain backs up—one of the essential things to do first is find out where the problem occurs. In most cases, it is due to the weak foundation of the house that allows for leaks to take place from holes and cracks.

This does not mean your homes are built with inferior quality material as houses built with premium components can also be victim to leaks. Whether it’s raised sewerage levels due to storm/rain water, or unsatisfactory soil drainage—can all create a leak in the basement.

Additionally, unnoticed mould and cracks exhibited on the walls and moist areas in your basements can also cause foundation leaks. Drain and sewer cleaning can help repair these problems by fixing downspouts, gutter lines, and any other problem that can potentially cause water to sweep through your basements/homes.  

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Drain cleaning: Fix it

After evaluating the core and potential problems that can cause basement drain backups, it’s time to fix the problem. One way to perform drain repair is through using liquid drain cleaners that are produced with active, enzyme based components that can perform efficient drain and sewer cleaning. Most expert drain cleaners recommend pouring a large portion of the liquid into the drain overnight for best results.

Drain cleaners: An alternative

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Often times, basement drain cleaners (liquid) may fail. Look out for plumbers/drain cleaner’s water jetting in your basements. This process is effective, quick, easy and usually affordable to help combat basement drain problems and keep your drainage line running smoothly in the long run.  

You can also consider installing a backwater valve if your sewage draining issues are recurring. Backwater valves are generally used in basements where drain backups occur and laundry machines. However, to assess whether backwater valves are good for your drain and sewerage positions—consult professional drain cleaners or plumbers.

Follow aforementioned steps to overcome drain backups in your basement. Don’t wait for tomorrow, get your living spaces evaluated today for moulds and cracks to avoid costly repairs in future!

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Oil Spill Cleanup – A Basic Guide To rapid Response Remediation

The oil spill is a potential danger to the environment and human health. In case of a spill, effective oil spill response services in Ireland are crucial for containing the situation and mitigating any health hazard to people and the environment. People know how dangerous it is to tackle such situation on their own and therefore it is essential that they contact an oil spill cleanup company to clear the spill immediately.

Each spill is of a different kind. Though some are easy to clean, under no circumstances should you hose them or use any kind of detergent to clean them. The oil can easily spread and cause more pollution. In the meantime, as the help is arriving, you can use special absorbent cloths to contain the spill. The oil spill is extremely dangerous and hence, once it occurs, your best approach to control and contain this situation is to call for an oil spill cleanup.

Types of Oil Spills
  • Heating Oil Spills
  • Kerosene Oil Spills
  • Diesel Oil Spills
  • Harbor Fuel Oil Spills
  • Industry Spills

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Oil spill remediation is also one of the most frequent problems that can cause an unsafe habitat. The spills caused on any open land, if not resolved, quickly turn into a huge danger zone. These lands can be ignited by just a single cigarette bud which someone forgot to put out. A team of professional oil spill cleaners should be called on the site so that they can ensure that a certain procedure is followed for the cleanup operation.

Oil Spill Response Procedure

  1. The first priority is to find the source of the oil spill and make sure that in no way will it ignite
  2. If the oil spill is in water then a foss-boom i.e. a floating barrier is used to contain the spill. If the spill is on land, trenches and berms are used instead.
  3. Any of the following methods is used to scoop up the oil:
  • Vacuum Extraction
  • In-Situ Oxidation
  • Chemical Oxidation
  • Ex-Situ Oxidation
  • Dual Phase Extraction
  • Pump and Treat
  1. The spill is collected in containers and is disposed of in a legal manner
  2. A full report is provided to you on how and by what method the spill was cleaned
  3. It is important to call an oil spill response team if you see any oil spills near or on your land. These companies use experienced professionals who know how to handle these kinds of situations. Even though it is dangerous to clean the spill yourself, you can at least try to stop the spill with floating booms until help arrives. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
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How Does A Grease Trap Or Grease Interceptor Work?


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The buildup of waste in the drainage system can cause some serious and expensive clogs. For this reason, grease traps (or grease interceptors) are designed to hamper Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG), solid waste material, and debris that creep into the drainage system of municipal or privately owned on-site sewerage systems. 

How Does Grease Trap Work?

The use of grease traps dates back from the Victorian days of 1800’s. Today, almost after 100 years, the technology of grease trap has not changed essentially.

Grease traps act like a retention chamber. They are plumbing devices used to stop most FOG (fat, oil, and gases) and solids so that they do not enter into the waste water disposal system, and the water component can pass through it. When FOGs and solids are accumulated, they naturally flow up to the surface of the water, and get ‘trapped’ by the grease trap. For the grease trap cleaning to be efficient, it should be cleaned at regular intervals. The FOG waste should be collected by professional licensed waste contractors, and dumped off at facilities that are built for the disposal of such waste (licensed facility). By law, grease traps should be emptied when the grease sludge is filled by 25% in the tank.  Commercial grease traps are used in kitchens of restaurants or food service departments.

FOG Programme

Many cities of Ireland are increasingly facing the issue of drain blockage in the public drainage systems caused by FOGs. This results in increased environmental pollution, such as flooding of dirt on the premises/street, and a foul smell in the atmosphere. For this reason, the capital of the country, Dublin has initiated a Programme in 2008, known as the Dublin City Council’s Fat, Oil, and Grease Programme. It is targeted towards controlling the FOG of the public drainage systems, by imposing a license that makes it obligatory to comply with the conditions of the FOG Programme, such as maintenance of commercial grease trap, appropriate disposal of the waste lubricants, size of the grease trap, and the amount of FOG that can be disposed. 

If you want your grease interceptors to be effective, you should install units that are properly sized, constructed, and maintained efficiently so that it can easily be pumped by waste haulers. More so, for a healthy grease trapper, ensure that you keep it maintained by performing weekly/monthly/quarterly cleaning schedules by professionals with quality standards.

Therefore, maintenance of grease traps (or interceptors) is essential. If more spent FOG is reserved in the grease traps for a long period of time, the efficiency level of the grease trap may diminish.

For Grease trap sales, service and maintenance enquiries contact 01 450 9776

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What is Drain Inspection Survey?

What’s that nasty smell in your kitchen?

Why is the water not running away through the drainage, like it should?

These questions are likely to arise when your drainage system is out of order. If you are living in a house for long, your drainage system may have experienced blockage due to clogged debris, fallen tree roots, stagnant water, etc. Whatever the case might be, to ensure the healthiness of your pipes, a drain inspection survey is an answer.  

Drain inspection survey?—What is that!

It’s not as filthy, as it sounds!

In the modern world, it is commonly known as the CCTV pipeline inspection or drain survey. The purpose is simple—an inspection of your home’s drainage pipes, in order to see if there are, or will be any potential problems. If you are planning to move to a new house, we recommend you get the drainage system checked so as to save you some serious money in the future.  

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CCTV Drain Surveys

CCTV drain surveys use modern technology to explore faulty pipes and sewers by sending a camera in the core area of the blockage.  A locator is sent along with the camera that records the problem area.  The images received by professionals help in identifying reliable and consistent information that helps in giving recommendations for a better job.

Blockage inspection is not the only purpose of the CCTV inspection survey; they are fundamental in the maintenance services as well as in the decision to invest in a property.  

The task is certainly not on the to-do list of the house owners. So, we recommend you contact a specialist or a professional and schedule a drainage inspection survey on the hidden drainage areas of the house to unblock the drain. A drain survey would cost you from as low as €100, bringing you peace of mind and saving potential cost due to drainage issues.

Call our toll free number 1800 222 332 to know more about drain inspection survey.

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Drain Cleaning & Unblocking: Ask the Experts

Because every blocked drain has a solution!

When it comes to dealing with drain clogs, many homeowners believe on-the-shelf chemical drain cleaners are sufficient. What most of us don’t know is that these chemicals can cause corrosion of pipes without actually removing the blockage. With regular use, your pipes may begin to lean and may even burst or leak . By calling a professional drain cleaning company, you won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals being used for drain unblocking, and you can be confident that the blockage will be removed completely and drain tested with guarantee

Is it Possible to Prevent drain blockages in the Future?

You can make sure that clogs do not build up as quickly after drain cleaning by maintaining your drains. Some helpful tips to prevent future clogs:

  • Keep a Check on things that go down the drain – To maintain your drains, it is important to make sure only soft things and water-soluble materials go down the drain. Solid food particles and oil or grease should not go down the drain.
  • Install Protective Screens on your drains – To prevent hard substances or water-insoluble material from going down the drain, it is a good idea to install protective screens over your drains. These screens trap solid materials and prevent them from passing down the drain.
  • Remove Sink Stoppers and Clean Regularly- In the bathroom, remove the sink stopper and clean it regularly. Avoid throwing your hair down the sink or in the bathtub or shower drain to avoid clogs. Furthermore, don’t flush toilet paper towels down toilets

By following these tips, you can make sure your drains work efficiently and prevent opportunities for drain blockages to develop. It is also a good idea to get your drains cleaned on a regular basis by a professional drain cleaning company. Needless to say, without proper maintenance, pesky clogs can sneak up on you when you least expect them and you wouldn’t want that. Would you?

Drains are the veins of your building and home. Be careful what you put down.

Call 01 450 9776 for drainage services.

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