Last year, New Vision Homes spent just over £50,000 on unblocking drains and waste outlets. It causes bad smells in the neighbourhood and can lead to huge hygiene issues, particularly for our most vulnerable residents.
How can I help?
Make sure you are not flushing anything other than toilet paper down your toilet. While some wet-wipes are marketed as “flushable” a BBC article published a few months ago found that none of the wet wipes passed water industry tests. The issue is that while the wipe may disappear down the U-Bend, once it has done, it does not break down in the same way that toilet paper does. They get caught up in the drains and stop other things from getting passed.
Try to avoid pouring fat down your sink. Cooking fat is normally a liquid when it comes out of the oven or off the hob, but once you pour it down the sink it starts to cool and solidify. A lot of fat poured down a sink over time will stick to the pipes and congeal in areas, making it harder for other flushed items to get past.
The best way to deal with fat from cooking is to pour it into a glass container after cooking, once it has cooled you can dispose of it out of the container and into the food waste bin.
You can read the full BBC article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-46188354