Blocked drains and wastewater disposal systems can result into flooding and extensive damage to homes, buildings, and other properties. But when such problems affect vital installations like schools, hospitals, and public transport hubs, the effects can be catastrophic. One such incident is the collapse of an embankment in a railway line, as highlighted by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in a news release:
In its investigation report (R13W0124) released today, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) determined that inadequate water drainage led to the collapse of an embankment, causing the derailment of a VIA Rail (VIA) train near Togo, Saskatchewan.
A track inspection conducted about 4 hours before the arrival of the train did not note any defects at this location. Subsequently, it was determined that a culvert at the derailment location had been blocked by an ice plug for some time. The plugged culvert, in combination with a sudden, rapid melting of surface snow in the area, led to water saturation and destabilization of the embankment. The embankment began to fail prior to the passage of the train.
It is unfortunate that a simple problem like drain blockage can result into this incident. Authorities and concerned individuals must heed the lessons of this event and make sure that something similar will not happen again. Appropriate measures need to be taken to ensure that blocks in drainage systems do not accumulate in the first place as no one can really predict how small or large the effects of an accident will be.
To ensure that drainage systems are always in good shape and condition, an efficient and cost-effective step would be to tap expert Saskatoon drain cleaning services offered by experienced professionals—such as those from Perfection Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Ltd. These businesses have worked with residential and commercial customers for many years, enough to know how to spot the early signs of drain problems that can develop into hard-to-address predicaments.
Countless public and private establishments have already benefited from the services of highly trained technicians offering drain cleaning in Saskatoon. Because these specialists aim to provide solutions to drainage problems, they receive regular industry updates and continuing education which translates to better performance and service.
As changes in the weather system and the environment continue to take place, people need to be vigilant of new and different causes of dirty and clogged drains. These problems can pose a serious threat to health and public safety, which is why authorities need to immediately get the right professionals to clean and maintain drainage systems.
(Source: Blocked water drainage system led to April 2013 embankment collapse and derailment of a VIA Rail train near Togo, Saskatchewan, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, June 11, 2014)