High Mark Plumbing is on the alert for your Calgary plumbing emergency repair & service. We all know the basic plumbing emergency – the backed-up toilet or drain. But you might not be aware that other sorts of emergencies can happen in your plumbing.
Here at High Mark, we have talked about what can happen when grease or oil is poured down your drain. Your sewer lines are like the arteries in your body. Fluids that have been used in your home to wash dishes, clothing, take baths or flush the toilet flow away from your house through the small sewer main that connects with the larger mains that go to the waste water treatment plant.
At the treatment plant, one of the first things that happens is that large, non-biodegradable items are screened out of the sewage. One of the items that workers see a lot of are the so-called sanitary wipes. Even the ones that are said to be “flushable” tend to collect fat, fecal matter, and food particles. Some of them don’t make it as far as the waste treatment plant. Instead, they wind up plastered to the walls of sewers, acting like plaque in human arteries. In this virtual walk-through of a New York waste water treatment plant posted by Business Insider, you can see some of the items that are strained out in the first step of sewage treatment.
The good news is that many of the problems can be prevented. The first step is consumer education, which helps get people out of the idea that “down the drain” is the best way to dispose of something. The next step might be to change our view of “waste.” In San Antonio, you might see signs that say, “Recycled water in use for Irrigation. Do not drink the water.” The result is a city that has beautiful greenery, yet has been able to shut down one water recycling plant because of increased efficiency.
Call High Mark Plumbing at (403)407-5750, we are on the alert for your Calgary plumbing emergency repair & service, but we also endorse customer education and prevention as a way to help maintain our infrastructure.