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Monday, 13 August 2018

Fatberg Facts

Water companies spend millions of pounds every year clearing blockages from the sewers beneath our cities.

The biggest ever fatberg, found in 2017 beneath Whitechapel Road in East London, was filled with congealed fat, wet wipes and nappies. This fatbert was 10 times larger than the one found in a sewer in Kingston, London, in 2013.

It is estimated that 90% of eateries in London are contributing to the problem by failing to install grease traps, the report found. As a result, grease, oil and food scraps washed off plates, utensils and saucepans are finding their way into pipes and drains.

Stephen Pattenden, sewer network manager for Thames Water said: “We’re not suggesting anyone intentionally pours the contents of a fat fryer down the drain, but it’s more about the gunk that comes from dirty plates, pots and pans. A simple, well-maintained grease trap will capture that stuff and stop it entering the sewer and turning into a monster fatberg.”

Food outlets have already been given advise on how to dispose of fat and food waste whilst commercial kitchens have been advisded on grease-trapping equipment specifically for commercial kitchens.

Pattenden also said that restaurants that failed to install grease traps and other measures faced prosecution if they didn’t make required changes.

Thames Water says it spends about £1million a month clearing blockages from its sewers in London and the Thames Valley – an average of three fat-related blockages every hour. So it's understandable that they are advising on the use of grease traps and prosecuting against those companies who don't make changes.

Fatberg Facts

Length - 250 meters which is the same as:

  • Tower Bridge in London
  • 2 football pitches

Weight - 130 tonnes which is the same as:

  • 11 double decker buses
  • 19 adult African elephants
  • 2 Airbus A318 aeroplanes


  • Wet wipes (primarily from domestic properties)
  • Nappies (again usually from domestic properties)
  • Sanitary items (from domestic properties)
  • Foot scraps (primarily from commercial kitchens and food outlets)
  • Fat, oil and grease (from commercial kitchens and food outlets)

If you would like to talk through the options for installing an underground or overground commercial grease trap please fee free to give us a call on 0800 975 7971 or click here to read about our Kessel range of grease separators.

Monday, 16 July 2018

KESSEL Grease Separators - underground and overground

Just like the wombles (if you're under 40 you probably won't know who the wombles are!) at IPS we stock KESSEL Grease Separators suitable for both underground and overground applications.

Above Ground Kessel Grease Separators


  • Polypropylene Monolithic construction
  • SBEN 1825
  • Sonic level control system
  • NS2 to NS10 packages
  • Bespoke design system
  • Sampling chambers, NS15 to NS30, telemetry and remote control available
  • Product selection and system design assistance


  • Easy clean: basic and standard
  • Easy clean: mix and auto mix
  • Easy clean: mix and pump
  • Easy clean: auto mix and pump

Under Ground Kessel Grease Separators



Euro Basic: NS7 to NS35
Euro G: NS1 to NS4
Euro PV&S: (Auto mix and pump) NS1 to NS10

All available with Class B or D covers and options of sample chamber, sonic level control and telemetry.

For more information or to place an order please call 0191 521 3111.

Monday, 9 July 2018

World Cup 2018 Raffle

There's A Surprise, Just Click and See

Congratulations to the England football team on reaching the semi-final stage of the World Cup 2018 and let’s hope we can carry on right through to the final and bring the trophy home for the first time since 1966. 

Anyhow, it’s fantastic that the whole country is buzzing with excitement and we’d like to keep the momentum going by raising a few pounds for our chosen charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.

During the course of 2018 we’ve been holding a number of different fund raising events including a marathon bicycle ride and we’re also planning a walk in Lake District later in the year.

We have two official Adidas Telstar 2018 replica World Cup footballs which would normally retail at around £130 each but we’re giving them away free to two lucky customers!

We will donate £1 to our charity fund for every single order received during the course of July, regardless of order value, size or volume etc.  Therefore, every order placed will be eligible for a raffle ticket and the draw will be made at the end of the month.

With a little bit of luck and a fair wind, this should see us reach a nice tidy sum and the winners will be announced together with the total raised on 1 August 2018.

If you would also like to make donation to this worthy cause then please email to or call us directly on +44 (0)191 5213111. 

Thanks in advance to all our wonderful customers and suppliers and apologies for our MD’s singing – it’s a good job he knows a little bit about plastic piping systems....!! 

Monday, 18 June 2018

We're on our way

We at IPS are so proud of our very own Sales Development Director Andrew Lamb enroute to completing his seventh, yes SEVENTH, Vatternrundan.

The Vatternrundan is the world’s largest recreational bike ride spanning 300km around the lake Vattern in Sweden.

This year Andrew was accompanied by his good friend and cycling buddy Alan Moutter, in this gruelling task.

Andrew and Alan have put their bodies on the line for this bike ride to support a very worthy charity, the Alzheimer Society.
The Alzheimer Society are transforming the landscape of dementia forever, creating a society where those effected by this dreadful disease are supported and accepted.

We are sure that we can all agree that the exhausting task is difficult enough but when you think how small their legs are it becomes even more demanding!

With this in mind they have set up a Just Giving page for friends, colleagues and supporters to help them achieve a great total for the charity. The Just Giving can be found at the following link

Please remember that every little helps, so if you can donate however large or small it will make a difference to a sufferers life, their family’s life or their carers life.

Thank you.

Saturday, 26 May 2018

IPS Handbook - The wait is over & we've made a video to shout about it!

Now Watch the Video 

Well, it's here - the latest IPS Handbook (Edition 18) containing more than 500 pages and featuring many new, innovative, and exclusive ranges from our global manufacturing partners will be dropping on desks around the UK from next week.

So what’s new I hear you ask? Well, just for starters, we now show the following products:-

AGRU PE100-RC (Crack Resistant) Polyethylene material now readily available in Pipes, Fittings, and Semi-Finished Products.

Kessel Hybrid Drainage Systems, Lifting & Pumping Stations, Grease & Oil Separators together with VIPSeal™ Flexible Couplings and Buffalo Non-Return Valve.

RM Press-Fit Metallic Piping Systems in Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, and Copper with the Stainless Steel system now available up to 6” (168.3mm) diameter.

SAFI 2-Piece Flanged Ball Valves in GRP, PVDF, and Anti-Static PP.

Praher WRAS Approved M1 Ball Valve in PVC, PP, and PVDF as well as the new Lugged Butterfly Valve in PVC with PVC or PP Disc.

Technoshield® Flange Guards in PTFE, Polyethylene, and Polypropylene (Page 252).

As well as all the new products we still have our traditional range of thermoplastic piping systems from world leading manufacturing companies such as Spears Manufacturing Company, ASV Stubbe, Durapipe, Van de Lande, Serto, and Egli Fischer to name but a few.

If you have already asked for a copy watch out for it !  If you would like to receive additional copies for your any of your colleagues then just call our Sales Office on 0191 5213111 or alternatively email to

Can you afford to miss out!

AGRU - PE100-RC Setting the Standard

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Agru continue to lead the world in the production of high-quality piping systems, semi-finished products, concrete protection liners and lining systems.  Their expertise in producing engineering plastics components and developing tailored solutions ensure that AGRU is present in virtually every industrial sector.

PE100-RC material is now readily available in Pipe, Fittings & Sheet from IPS Flow Systems in the UK and Ireland.

Modified PE100, which until recently was only used for special customer-specific applications, is now used throughout the entire AGRULINE product range. The main technical advantage of PE100-RC is that it is significantly more resistant to slow crack growth. This saves costs during installation, improves safety, and extends service life.

AGRU's latest development for fabrication and tank construction in sheets and welding rods made of PE100-RC is characterized by the excellent stress crack resistance.

PE100-RC material requirements

The full-notch creep test (FNCT as per ISO 16770) is a recognised test method for determining resistance to slow crack growth in polyethylene. After a wetting agent has been applied, a notched test specimen is exposed to tensile stress at a high temperature (80 °C). The minimum service life for PE 100-RC fittings must be > 8760 hours acc. to PAS 1075. In contrast to this, the required minimum service life for PE 100 components acc. to DVS 2205-1 is just 300 hours.

Agru PE100-RC - For Excellent Quality and Safety

For more information please contact IPS Flow Systems Sales Office on 0191 5213111 or to get a copy of our 18th Edition Handbook Click Here

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