Wet wipes are a pain in the drain

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Did you know that wet wipes and cooking oils contribute to about 75 per cent of all drain and sewer blockages in the UK?

These blockages can cost families hundreds of pounds to clear and significant blockages can cause toilets, sinks and baths to overflow inside homes, causing extensive damage which is extremely distressing.

If the sewer floods externally it can pollute watercourses and the environment.

That’s why water companies ask customers to only flush the three Ps – pee, poo and paper. Anything else should be put in the bin.

Wet wipes are one of the biggest culprits. Even wipes described as “flushable” cause blockages and the biodegradable ones often don’t spend long enough in the sewer to start to decompose.

Another pain in the drain which causes blockages are cooking oils, even vegetable and nut oils, which are poured down kitchen sinks.

These solidify as they cool and can block people’s private pipes as well as the public sewers, leading to flooding.

Small amounts of cooking oil can easily be disposed of by wiping pans with paper towels which can then be thrown in the bin.

Oil can also be transferred into plastic bottles, once they have cooled, before being thrown away or taken to a local tip to be recycled into biofuel.

For more information on what you can do to avoid nasty blockages and protect your home and the environment from flooding, visit



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