By Drain Doctor on 26/01/2016

Fatbergs are not really at the top of everyone’s conversation topics, but they have proved to be a real problem recently in East Anglia.

Fatbergs describe the collections of fat and oil waste which eventually block our main sewers. They can only be removed or dispersed by blasting them with high-pressured jets of water and it is this activity that Anglian Water has been doing recently.

When people tip either cooking fat or leftover grease down their sinks, it eventually congeals and sticks to the inside of the sewers creating blockages. The water companies do regularly clear pipes to keep the water flowing but on occasion the fat hardens and forms a fatberg. These fatbergs need an ultra-high powered jet to clear it and Anglian Water estimate it costs customers £15 million a year.

The top tip for keeping the sewers clear of fatbergs is to allow any cooking fat to cool and solidify before scraping it into your bin or recycling caddy.

If you find your home drains are running slowly, it may be that you have a mini fatberg forming in your pipes. Our Drain Doctor experts can help you by assessing and clearing your drains before this escalated into a bigger problem. Contact us on 0800 70 71 72