You wood not believe the trouble caused by this piece of wood

All kinds of foreign objects can cause major issues if they are put into drains or sewers.

One piece of wood in the wrong place recently caused our teams two weeks’ of work including CCTV investigation to locate it and specialist kit to remove it. And one unfortunate household in Margate, Kent, experienced a sewage flood inside their home, which could easily have affected many more houses in the area.

MTS tankers were in place to control the flows within the sewers while our CCTV crews worked to help Southern Water locate the cause of the problems. Road closures to ensure safe working conditions for our tankers further inconvenienced local residents in the area.

The critical blockage was located on National Rail land under a manhole concealed by vegetation. Gaining the correct permits to access the land took a few days and fortunately there was no need to close train movements while we worked in the area.

The piece of wood in question had been put down a gully, become wedged in a very awkward position and caused a 100% blockage of the pipe as other debris built up around it.

Our team used specialist cutting and jetting tools, alongside a root cutter and a chain jet which eventually managed to cut the piece of wood in half and remove it.

Steve Gilson, MTS Managing Director, said; “We were eventually able to clear the line and restore the sewers to perfect working order. A specialist cleaning company cleared up the internal flooding caused by this blockage, which could have been so much worse for the local residents. Foreign objects should never go into drains or sewers as this case shows – it can have far-reaching effects on the environment, homes and businesses.”

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