Drainage technology is an area that has evolved very little since Victorian times. For the most part, that’s fine. The logic behind Victorian designs, based on gravity and water pushing content through the pipes, all still applies.
However, buildings are getting bigger than the Victorians could have dreamed. The volume of matter we now push through these Victorian designed-pipes are stressing the pipes out.
The volume of toilet blockages has increased. Waste disposals and macerators are flushing solids. Commercial kitchens are washing away fats and fat solids. The pipes haven’t increased in size, but the volume of content flowing through them has and this creates a problem.
Many buildings are also going ‘green.’ Low flush toilets are installed. Water-saving devices on taps, showers and even energy efficient boilers are installed. For the planet that’s great! In reality, it means we are ignoring the Victorians’ design. Gravity and WATER push content through the pipes.
When you reduce the water in a drain pipe and increase the content, what happens?
- Blockages This leads to back-ups, flooding, drain flies and more. Flies love hatching eggs in solids stuck in the pipes. They fly into the rooms from the sink drains…
- Dry Traps This causes the airflow to reverse direction – instead of going down the drain it moves into the living area. Germs spread. It can lead to pathogen spread. Viruses such as NORO and SARS can spread like wildfire through the pipes. Scary!
- Sewer Smells When the airflow reverses, odours travel back into the living space and we can smell it. Sulphur is very unpleasant. It can also make people sick and is extremely flammable…
When a building suffers from these problems, Dyteqta is called in. We identify the root cause of the issue, make a diagnostic and apply a remedy that resolves the situation for good.
Our solutions all support active buildings that cannot experience water mains shut-off or plumbing downtime. We work discreetly and swiftly with the building management to rectify the situation. No one wants to experience the effects of poor drainage. Yet we all expect drainage to work, regardless of the strains we put on buildings. By introducing innovative technologies for drain challenges you can again rely on drainage doing what it’s supposed to do.