For many reasons, buildings don’t always experience optimal drainage.  The resulting problems can be a danger to public health. UK hospitals in particular are experiencing a rise of drainage woes.

Research shows that there is a correlation between poor drainage and instances of superbugs. Blocked drain pipes are the ideal wet and warm conditions for pathogens to propagate. bacteriaSuperbugs such as MRSA, C-Diff, Norovirus and SARS can grow in the drains and the infected spores can travel through air back into the room because of failing drainage.

Poor drainage causes overflow, backups, bacteria growth and sulphur production. Recently, theatres and wards in several large NHS hospitals were forced to close and had to be deep cleaned due to drain blockages. Many hospitals also book emergency call out plumbing services to power-jet their lines at great expense. Reactive drainage maintenance like this is costly and doesn’t actually help prevent the problems from occurring in the future. However, the good news is that the cycle can be broken with a better solution: Flow-teq.

To understand why Flow-teq can help, it’s important to take a closer look at what’s causing these blockages to occur.

drainp1In hospitals, it is often the combination of reduced-water products such as low-flush toilets and the rise of foreign solid matter moving into the drains, frequently from wet wipes and bedpan macerators. 100% of UK hospitals both use and flush medical wipes and 85% of UK hospitals use paper bedpan macerators (Haigh Medical, 2015).  For very good reasons these solutions have been placed into hospitals and we don’t recommend that hospitals reverse decisions for their use. However, less water and more solids in the same sized, ageing drain pipes are, more often than not, going to cause a problem. It’s not difficult to understand why.

Dyteqta identifies that unless the drainage solids clear the building, hospitals will continue to experience an increase in the spread of HCAIs as a result of airborne contamination through reversed drainage air flow, drain flies returning to the room from the sink drain, and back spray from the toilets into the rooms. Our primary interest is improving the health of drainage which reduces flooding of raw sewage, cross contamination across buildings, and reducing spore travelling HCAIs.

20151210_104330Flow-teq is a self-contained chamber that stores water at the top of plagued drain lines. It can be fed by grey water from an external collection source or self-fill from the cold feed line. At regular intervals, it sends a flush of gravity-forced water down the drain branch to help prevent solids from getting stuck. Additives are available [identified and matched for specific requirements]and can flush regularly as well. Through regular automated cleansing, the build-up in the pipework may be greatly reduced.

Flow-teq is a great proactive solution that minimises human intervention and keeps drains working at optimum performance. Flow-teq is recognised for its carbon-friendly performance enhancer.

Flow-teq is often the BEST solution to rectify buildings plagued with drainage challenges.

When planning reduced-water products such as low-flush toilets, it is recommended to integrate Flow-teq, which can be connected to rainwater or grey-water, resulting in an eco-friendly AND functional building.


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