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By: BDS Drainage

Bin it Don’t Flush it

Are you 100% sure you know what you can and can’t flush away?

In our daily lives, we don’t take much notice of what we wash down the plug hole or flush down the toilet. However, due to the importance of the topic on sewer blockages and pipe blockages, we have created this post in order to help our customers avoid future blockages in their household.

There are many campaigns going around, here are a few that you may have heard of:

  • Bin it don’t flush it
  • Bin it don’t block it
  • Bag it and bit it

The problem is, with us not knowing the dos and don’ts of what we can and can’t flush away, or simply being too lazy and not taking the extra care and time that we could, sewage and pipe blockages are becoming a bigger and bigger problem.

Each and every year there are 6.7 million drain blockages and that is only in the UK!

It is important to remind ourselves that by simply changing our actions, this figure could go down.

What Not To Wash Down Your Kitchen Sink

  • Fat
  • Oil
  • Grease

While in a hot liquid form these may not seem all that harmful, when they have cooled down they solidify and attach themselves to the pipework. This leads on to objects that get washed down the toilet and sink, attaching themselves to the fats and grease creating a bigger and bigger blockage, which eventually stops the flow of sewage.

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If you are unsure of how to store this liquid, then collect it up in a container, so that later on you can put it in a food bag.

What Not To Flush Down the Toilet

We all know that the three things that can be flushed down the toilet is pee, poo and toilet paper.

Meanwhile, here is a list of the main objects that you should avoid flushing down the toilet:

  • Toys
  • Food
  • Nappies
  • Sanitary items
  • Cotton wool
  • Wet wipes
  • Kitchen roll

Many people are probably wondering “can you flush baby wipes?” but even wet wipes that are apparently flushable, should not be flushed down the toilet due to them taking years to break down.

Save Money

By simply putting a bin in the bathroom and having a food bin set up in your kitchen, can help prevent you from flushing non-flushable items while also making your life a lot easier.
Another advantage of doing this, is that it is a great way to save money since you are avoiding the risk of a blockage – it could cost as much as £200 to get a plumber to unclog your pipes.

Environmentally Friendly

Remind yourself of the good you are doing by helping the environment. Putting the right waste in the right place helps to lessen the chances of sewage blockages, therefore helping to avoid water pollution. This not only makes your life easier, but also the plumbers lives. Together we can create a clean and tidy environment for the future generations.
Help us avoid environment abuse.

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