Category Archives: Weird & Wonderful

Drain Covers Of The World

In the world of drainage there tends to be a small capacity for created influence, lets be honest, we are repairing and maintaining issues in some of the most disgusting areas know to man. Drain covers and manhole covers are our gateway to work and we pass through these gateways quite regularly. The covers themselves are usually quite bland and functional but all over the world certain cities are throwing there own creative twist on their gateways to the sewers.

1) Qingdao, China

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2) Stavanger, Norway

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3) Malmö, Sweden

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4) Paris, France

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5) Gunma Prefecture, Japan

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6) Miami, Florida

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7) Riga, Latvia

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8) Denver, Colorado

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9) San Cristobal, Ecuador

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10) Berlin, Germany

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11) Toledo, Spain

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12) Seattle, Washington

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13) Kurashiki City, Japan

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These creative and innovative drain covers show the world that even the most boring aspects of the city can be artistic and creative. We’d most certainly enjoy our work a lot more if we encountered a different vibrant drain cover everyday. It would probably even make the task of entering the sewers a bit more bearable for drainage workers, as well as brightening up our city streets.

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Flushing with pride: HRH Prince Charles Visits London’s Super Sewer

His Royal Highness Prince Charles, heir to the throne, recently toured the newly-constructed Lee Tunnel, which holds the honour of being London’s deepest sewer.

Charles donned a bright orange hi-vis and hard hat over his usual pinstriped suit as he was shown around by a group of engineers who all worked on the tunnel’s construction.

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75 metres below the surface of London the Lee Tunnel is an incredible seven km long, seven metres wide and cost a staggering £635m to build.

The tunnel was built to put an end to leakage from London’s overworked Victorian sewer system, which is causing 39 million tonnes of waste to leak into the Thames every year.

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Prince Charles was also shown around the Abbey Mills pumping station which sits next to the Lee tunnel and was built as part of London’s original sewer system in 1865.

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Opened by Charles’ great-great-grandfather Edward VII 150 years ago the Victorian sewer system was designed and built as a response to The Great Stink of 1858, caused by the wholesale dumping of waste in the river Thames.

The Great Stink was so bad that Benjamin Disraeli, then Prime Minister, called the Thames ‘a Stygian pool, reeking with ineffable and intolerable horrors’

If you want to know a bit more about the history of blocked drains London, have a look here, where we cover the Great Stink and London’s response in a bit more detail.

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The message here is always check, if you have blocked drains in London then you need to find the root of the problem and tackle it using professional help before it grows beyond your control. Please get in touch either via the Contact Us section on our website or call us on  020 3556 4453 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

7 strange and amazing things found in public drains

Anyone that’s ever had to unblock a sink or any workman that’s ever had to inspect a drain will tell you that some really disgusting things do end up in our drains. However there are some times when disgusting just doesn’t cut it, when what’s found in the drain is beyond and above the call of duty for anyone but a professional to remove. Our own personal experience has given us some nasty shocks but they don’t really compare to finding:

 

1) This 14-foot alligator found during sewer maintenance works in Tampa, Florida.

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2) This £21,000 stolen Rolex found by a street cleaner in Essex.

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3) 6 of these man-eating piranhas found in the Midlands after nearby

residents complained of a fishy smell leaking from their drains.

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4) This small child recently found abandoned in a drain in Sydney.

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5) This now-famous 66ft fatberg found underneath Westminster.

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6) This Mexican King Desert Snake found in, of all places, Scotland’s sewer system.

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7) And finally, these homeless people who have built whole lives in the Las Vegas storm drain system.

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The sheer scale and range of what we throw away on a daily basis is staggering and is also a major cause of drain blockages. As seen above these blockages can be as simple and horrifying as the 66-foot fatberg (which was caused by flushed wet wipes) or as mind-numbingly horrifying as a fully-grown alligator.

 

Do you have blocked drains?

The message here is always check, if you have blocked drains in London then you need to find the root of the problem and tackle it using professional help before it grows beyond your control. Please get in touch either via the Contact Us section on our website or call us on  020 3556 4453 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year!