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News and Insights

In your home or business, running water is an important part of so many daily tasks. Cleaning, cooking, toilet usage and bathing all require the use of water. Drainage systems can indeed become clogged with hair, soap, food items, tissue, oils, spoon, coffee sticks, mops and other chemicals. When these things get into the sink or toilet bowl, cleansing of the pipes will eventually be needed to keep things functioning properly. Excessive debris can cause further damage if not handled. One do-it-yourself method is purchasing vacuum pumps, solutions that are poured down the sink, and promise to remove all the debris inside the pipes, and therefore clearing the pathway which causes damage to the plumbing system and your health. But there is a better way to have things cleaned. And this is by using drain cleaning services. There are professionals who can go the extra mile to remove all that stuff and more! Thoroughness is important here. Drain cleaning should actually be performed quite regularly to avoid any drainage damage that may be possible. If keeping your home and office tidy and healthy is a priority, it is best to cleanse your pipes just as much as you cleanse other parts of your home and office.

Often, the build up of contaminants in the drains make waste water disposal impossible and the overflows leaves microorganisms to the areas we have direct contact. If you experience problems like this, you should contact the professionals. Our plumbing professionals possess both the experience and the tools to do drain cleaning properly and quickly. No drain cleaning problem is ever too small to ignore when it comes to your hygiene & plumbing system.

Although most of the drain system is hidden, there are still many obvious warning signs that drain cleaning is necessary. Even minor clogs in drains can cause serious problems to the entire plumbing system if left alone and not fixed in time. While some of the clogs seem inconvenient and nothing to worry about, like a slow draining urinal, WC, bath tub or sink, they should be taken care of as soon as possible to prevent damage to the entire drain system. Properly maintaining and protecting your drains means getting them professionally cleaned at the first sign of a plumbing problem.

Slow Drains. If your sink or tub takes longer than usual to drain, this is usually the first sign that a clog is forming in your pipes. Soap, hair, and grease can be the cause of these clogs, and while you may be able to continue using your sink or tub for a while, it is always better to solve the problem before it gets worse.

Frequent Clogs. When a clog forms in your drain or toilet, this is a major sign of drain trouble. All of the junk causing the slow drains has completely blocked water from being able to flow through the pipe. If the clog is not removed properly, it can result in continuous standing water, eventually causing permanent damage to your pipes. Sometimes the clog stems from the pipes in your toilet or sink, but many times it is a broader issue related to your home’s sewer line, which is why it is usually best to have a professional take a look.

Unpleasant Smell. Mysterious odors usually means a build-up of junk, resulting in sewer gases being pushed back up through the drain. These gases being released into your home can be hazardous to your health and should always be cleaned by a professional.

Gurgling Sounds. When you hear a gurgling noise after water goes down your drain, this is a sign of a clog, causing oxygen to bubble up. Without a professional drain cleaning, a full-blown clog is bound to occur, resulting in major issues down the line.

Nothing. Sometimes, it’s better to be proactive. Even if there are no signs of a problem, taking preventative measures and scheduling an annual drain cleaning is an extremely effective way to avoid potential drain or sewer issues in the future.

There are many reasons why a drain becomes blocked or clogged. In kitchen sinks, the most common cause is food and grease, in bathtubs, the most common cause is hair and soap build up, while in urinals it is uric acid built up that cause scaling and reduce the size of the pipe. Clogged pipes can affect the pressure balance in the whole plumbing system throughout the house or business, which can then lead to cracked or even burst pipes. If you have clogged drains, or drain cleaning issues in your home or business, turn to the drain cleaning professionals at

Establishing effective hygiene in food processing operations means combining good building design with the effective specification and installation of drains from the outset, says Peter Jennings, Technical Director for ACO Building Drainage. The single most important factor in every food and beverage processing operation is hygiene but all too often, however, the focus is on the latest process plant and equipment, and on technical developments that can improve safety, security and efficiency. Although essential, this focus can cause some of the more basic hygiene requirements to be overlooked, in particular the importance of good building design combined with the effective construction and maintenance of drains. Drainage may not be the most exciting topic but their design and management are crucial if hygiene standards are to be maintained. Drains are a breeding ground for pathogenic and non-pathogenic micro-organisms. These typically occur either as free form, where microbes float in the drain water, or embedded as biofilm. In each case they create the potential for transferring pathogens, including Listeria monocytogenes from the drain to food products. However, by careful design of the drainage system, the correct choice of materials and the right installation techniques, these micro-organisms can be controlled. And by establishing both an efficient maintenance routine and a good sanitization regime, plant and maintenance engineers can minimize and control the risk of contamination. Making the right decisions regarding drainage during the building design stage can make a major contribution to hygiene. Providing floor drains of adequate number and capacity in appropriate locations can significantly minimize health risks, while considering the future requirement for cleaning and maintenance will enable, for example, hose stations to be provided in appropriate locations. Having planned the number, type and location of the drains, one then needs to consider the specific drainage products from a hygiene point of view and ensure that you select components that are easily cleanable. Gullies with minimal bacteria traps are now available, specifically designed to satisfy high-end hygienic performance applications. These designs have been made possible by following European design standards for hygiene and utilising advanced manufacturing techniques. Crucially, designs have also been informed by knowledge of how microbial communities develop within aqueous environments. The ACO Gully range, for example, is constructed from highly corrosion-resistant austenitic stainless steel, ideal for hygiene-critical applications such as food manufacture as its non-porous state enables easy cleaning and disinfecting. Drainage systems are naturally difficult to access but effective cleaning is essential and a closer examination of how pathogens develop in drains can enable a more effective approach. Pathogenic and non-pathogenic micro-organisms can be broken down into two types: those that are ‘free form’, which can be destroyed with traditional cleaning products, and those that are embedded in a bio film, which are far harder to kill. These embedded micro-organisms attach themselves to the drainage system surfaces with a protective film that resists chemical attack; it is these bio films that are sometimes visible on the drain surfaces as a dark or light slime. It is imperative that micro-organisms are prevented from entering hygiene-critical areas. Clogged drains can force the air from the drains to flow into these areas or, worse still, allow contaminated waste water to back up into the food preparation area. These conditions can become a major source of microbial contamination such as Listeria, Salmonella, and Escherichia coli and so it is vitally important that any developing blockage is addressed immediately. Another way of minimizing hygiene risk is to regularly clean accessible areas of the drain. This task should be performed with a side-to-side motion; an up-and-down motion can result in splash back and cause contaminated water to spill onto the floors of food preparation areas, thus causing the kind of hygiene risk that the cleaning routine was intended to prevent. Underground drainpipes, however, cannot be reached with brushes and must be tackled with new innovations of drain cleaning machines and break down the bio films. Microorganisms pose a constant threat to food processing facilities but by considering the potential of drainage to minimize hygiene risk at the outset of a building design and continuing to do so throughout the installation and maintenance, it is possible to meet and exceed the ever increasing demand for hygiene safety.

Drain cleaning is a specialty service performed by plumbers and there tends to be more confusion about it than almost any other service. For that reason, we are going to dispel the 4 biggest myths about drain cleaning

Drain Cleaning Myth One: Chemical drain cleaning products do just as good as professional drain cleaning services
Chemical drain cleaning products that can be purchased at the hardware or grocery store, are not a replacement for a professional drain cleaning. In fact, many times people will turn to one of these products, and after they fail to work, call a professional. Part of the problem with this scenario is that when the technician goes to run the drain, it is now filled with a chemical that has specific warnings about toxicity. These chemicals can cause burns to their skin, hands and face when it splashes on them when clearing the drain with a machine. Not only is a machine better equipped to handle a clogged line, it is more environmentally friendly and won’t corrode the drain pipes. Chemicals are designed to dissolve the problem, which means high concentrations of the thick liquid could be sitting there also attempting to dissolve the pipe (it doesn’t know the difference). A machine simple runs along the circumference of the pipe to clear the clog and push it through.

Drain Cleaning Myth Two: All drains are connected
This is a tricky myth. In a way, the drains are all connected. However, they are also separate. Picture your body. There are a variety of veins that run to and away from the heart. In essence, they are connected but one runs to your foot and another runs to your arm. In a home, water runs in and waste water runs out. Just as you can have a clogged artery, you can have a clogged line. This clog can affect other areas, but the clog is in one spot. All drains do connect to the main sewer line that leads out and away from the house. A clog in the sewer line can back up additional lines in the house. Clearing one clog can clear the others, but it depends on where the clog or clogs are located.

Drain Cleaning Myth Three: I can do my own drain cleaning service
Not knowing how to use a drain cleaning machine can cause serious injury. Usually by the time a you have exerted the time, energy and money doing it yourself, and possibly not getting desired results, could have been better spent on hiring it out. Using other manual plungers are all temporary relief.

Drain Cleaning Myth 4: All plumbers do drain cleaning
All plumbers don’t do drain cleaning. It is a specialized service and some plumbers choose to not focus on that service and choose another instead. Also, it is a specialty.

1. Floor Traps in Washroom: In any office and home, it is very common to find a floor trap in the washrooms. While going on facility audits it’s very common to find floor trap grills unplugged and not fixed properly that leads to drop down waste which is supposed to travel in a waste bin. In any of the drain pipe which is tough to clear if blocked or slow running using general home remedies of rodding may offer a temporary relief or damages which shall cost a lot in any case in future if the need of breaking the floor and tiles is required to fix it. So being proactive in such situations is the best option and all that you need to do is hire professional drain cleaning team who are well experienced and know all the latest techniques to resolve the problems by using highest standard cameras to locate and clean it. Malodour is the second problem in male washroom from such traps as we do not allow sufficient water to dilute liquid waste coming through the urinals and this cause waste in traps for a long time and odour coming out due to bacterial growth. The plumbing architectural design also plays a major role when all the P/S traps do not block the odour but work in opposite way than expected. If your drain is running smooth and still you find foul smell coming out, there are excellent plumbing products available to fix this and you have a pleasant experience to feel proud about it having discovered and fill the gap.

2. Water Closet: In offices or at home to have hygiene the need to use paper has drastically increased now largely in offices in form of toilet roll, personal seat covers to avoid contamination while most of it travels down the drain, hence it also depends on the quality of paper being used. The use of sanitary napkins and discussion on its disposal being a taboo subject yet and lead to lack of awareness on disposal in some facilities & in absence of a proper designated place for disposal it gives a woman no other option than flushing it in the WC. The resultant is a blocked drain or slow running line, it’s all the luck until it goes well. It was very imperative and the fact is we find cloths, mops, plastic cups etc in the WC toilet drain line. Cleaning and getting a relief out of such hassle is not so easy by using conventional pumping and rodding methods than calling a professional with appropriate tool to clean it. If your WC drain is functioning properly and still you have foul smell problem within the WC or washroom, you must get it checked whether the architectural design and installation of the seat is perfect to stop any foul smell coming back from the main drain line in the shaft or the sewer. In case the design or installation has some gap, trust there are products available to cap this forever.

3. Male Urinals: A washroom in a corporate reflects the image and reputation. Most commonly in male washrooms; managing urinals in washroom for a facility manager is the most difficult task. It’s not that you need to hold your breath like some public washrooms but one may not enjoy coming back again. Cleaning a washroom is a routine task with correct tools and solution. Even though, bad odour, a slow running urinal or a blocked drain is a real pain area often. It is due to the traffic, lime scale, salt accumulation in urinal drain pipe, splashing and waste thrown in the urinal pots. To counter this problem facility manager s are bound to use conventional methods available locally of using high water pressure from the mouth of the drain, vacuum pumps and acidic solutions which is now banned in many countries to unclog. Masking of bad odour by using numerous fragrance options available which works today and it becomes ineffective after some time as the route cause is not addressed. But looking at the larger picture of it, unfortunately the techniques used are hazardous for the health of the plumbing system; the pipes joints loosens after numerous attack which actually works for a temporary relief of initial length until next bend and cause seepages, if not then you cannot stop odour to get released from within the pipe joints when it is at ease and the porous wall do all the further course. Notice when you come to office in the morning when all the cleaning activity is done and you are the first user but you find bad odour which should not be if everything is alright, that’s when you find there is a real problem at root. Using fragrance solution is really important to combat the temporary odour while somebody uses a washroom toilet. But the continuous odour releasing factory and scaling needs to be rectified by the professionals so that the visitors/ employee enjoy the 5-10 minutes leisure in the washroom where there is no odour and no blockage and people appreciate to go with fresh mind again to do all the productive work and be efficient. If you find odour problem still persist after regular drain cleaning and following do’s and don’ts; checking you bottle trap is correct is really very important to replace with the trusted bottle traps available.

4. Bath Tubs/ Sink/ Kitchen Drain: Whether you have a live kitchen at home or it is outsourced at office, You must have a dish wash station, bath tubs also have similar soap and other oil based products flowing with the water and all these carries Fat, Oil & Grease (F.O.G) which solidifies when goes in the pipes with water and the accumulation/ scaling starts building up strong enough. The bacterial growth results into bad odour further. Hence a regular cleaning of the pipes by professionals at an interval along with usage of trusted enzyme based products at a regular interval is necessary in commercial drain pipes.

Our service professionals are ready to tackle any building drain clog that you face from ¾’’ - 6’’
Service Carried For different drain pipes Normal pipe Diameter (Inches)
Urinal Line ¾ to 2½
Water Closet (WC) 3 to 4
Washroom Floor Drain Traps 2½ to 4
Food Waste Drain Line 2½ to 4
Main Drain (Shaft/ Basement) 4 to 6
Washroom Sink 1 to 2
Kitchen Sink 2 to 4
Bath Tub 3/4 to 2


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