Have you ever thought about what you flush? Do you stick to what you should, or are you like many of the us and flush or pour away a few items you shouldn't? I mean what could it hurt right? Well, what if I told you everything you flush or pour down the drain that you shouldn't, can make a difference to the drainage system and environment.
The people over at UKDN recently took a survey of people in the UK and their habits when it comes to what they pour away and flush and like I said at the start, you aren't alone with flushing and pouring away things you shouldn't. This survey found at least 1 in 4 people in the UK poured cooking oil down the drain, while almost half of the people surveyed poured down sauces. This is one I am probably guilty of; and it's allowing my drain to fill with hair, which is admitted to by 1 in 5 people. For all you women 15% of us admitted to flushing tampons, applicators and wrappers. Ekk!
What's perhaps the most surprising result is 94% of the population said they knew what they should and shouldn't be putting down their drains!
However, with the rise of fatbergs, I think many of us can agree that the % of people who are actually following the rules around what you should and shouldn't flush is much lower. After all these bergs have been all over the news, with the Whitechapel fatberg having been put on display at the Museum of London.
However, it isn't just these “normal” items being found in the sewers, apparently accidentally or not people are flushing things you perhaps wouldn't expect to find. From hamsters to key and rings to underwear and even drugs! All sorts are being flushed by people when really they shouldn't be?
So with all those items in mind and all those people flushing and pouring them away day in and day out, it is hardly surprising that our sewers and drains are becoming clogged and backlogged. In our previous flat we had to have people out to unblock ours a number of times and while a few times it was down to tree roots after that nappies and babies wipes (not from us of course) happened to be the cause.
If your drain does end up being blocked then never fear as the people at UKDN offer a drain unblocking service to help get your pipes flowing again as quickly as possible.
Have you ever flushed what you shouldn't or suffered from backed-up drains?