Torrential rain can not only cause flash flooding but it can also force filthy sewage to back up into your home or business.
Water companies have to deal with thousands of calls about sewage flooding every year but now there is a simple solution.
When there is a high risk of flooding simply roll up a multi-purpose FloodSax and pop it down your toilet. FloodSax are instant sandbags – put them in water and they absorb it and expand to resemble traditional sandbags and so are ideal for flood prevention – but in their dry state they can be used to soak up leaks and spills, especially in hard-to-reach places such as under floorboards or behind kitchen kickboards.
By putting one down the toilet the FloodSax will absorb the water to expand and block any sewage backing up. Once the emergency is over, simply remove the floodbag.
All flooding is bad but sewage takes things to a whole new filthy level and is a major health hazard. Once it gets into your home or business it will need a costly deep clean by a professional company so best to prevent sewage getting into your home in the first place.
FloodSax managing director Richard Bailey said: “Many people don’t think of the sewer system when flooding is imminent or is actually happening but unfortunately it happens quite regularly.
“When an area is badly hit by flooding – or the sewage pipes get blocked – the water down there can quickly back-up and its only escape is back through the toilet. When this happens it’s the most horrible thing imaginable and so you need to take this simple precaution of popping a FloodSax down to prevent it.
“Sewer flooding can quickly cause untold damage and the operation to repair it and properly deep-clean where it’s been can be very time-consuming and expensive.”
So what are the causes of sewage backing up into your home or business?
Severe rain can cause water levels to rise in underground drainage systems, rivers and streams forcing water to back up and sending sewage back into homes and businesses.
For instance, Yorkshire Water states: “If weather conditions are extreme, like a major storm, we can’t guarantee a sewer won’t flood or leak.”
People pour all kinds of things down the kitchen sink they shouldn’t such as fat, oil and grease which harden as they cool and can clog sewers. They form thick layers inside sewers constricting the flow in the same way that cholesterol restricts blood flow in our arteries.
When these layers get really big they are known as fatbergs which can totally clog sewers, sending raw sewage into the streets, homes and businesses.
Thames Water discovered one in the Whitechapel area of London in 2017 that was 800ft long, weighed around 130 tons and was the size of 11 double-decker buses.
People are also to blame for flushing things down the toilet that should be thrown away such as baby wipes, make-up wipes, sanitary products, paper towels and even nappies. Only the three Ps – pee, poo and toilet paper should be flushed down toilets.
Another reason is the fact that the sewer may have collapsed. Tree roots are known to damage sewers as they grow by punching holes into the pipes or even curling around and crushing them.
For more information on how FloodSax can protect you from flooding both outdoors and indoors then go to http://www.floodsax.co.uk/