Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What do you flush down the loo? #3PPromise

I think I am even more conscious than ever before about what we flush down the toilet because for the last two years we have had a septic tank.  But even before that in the last home I owned I was very wary about what could be flushed down the toilet.  Let’s be honest the cost of a plumber is very expensive if you have a blockage, so its worth thinking carefully about what makes its way into the pan!  Once in our old house there was a blockage and it was because another house was flushing all kinds down the toilet (baby wipes, cotton wool and sanitary products).  So I am all for getting behind the think before you flush campaign with United Utilities.


United Utilities want us to remember the three p’s – poo, pee and paper!  Anything else should go in the bin!  Apparently even flushable wipes although labelled as such can cause blockages so stay safe rather than sorry and dispose of them appropriately.  It costs United Utilities a startling £10 million a YEAR to tackle blockages, money that could be used much more wisely if people just showed more consideration and thought before they flushed!  Also don’t forget if the blockage is on your own property you are responsible for it – and that can cost an average of £99!

Rather worryingly 70,250 people in the North West have flushed a deceased pet (that wasn’t even a fish!) down the loo!!!  I feel quite glad that when my hamster passed on I had the good sense to give it a proper burial in our garden.

I can relate to one of the statistics about children’s toys, when mine were tiny they did manage to flush a toy down the pan, so I am 1 of those 6 (shame faced!).  After that point I installed a toilet seat lock so they could not cause any more chaos…  The “what not to flush” game on the United Utilities site might be just the thing to help educate your children about what you can flush in an entertaining and fun way they can understand.


1 in 3 admit to flushing baby wipes, so that is the biggest culprit really causing the most problems for United Utilities, so I do beseech you all to follow the three p’s and hopefully blockages can be a thing of the past!

I love United Utilities handy tip to add a bin in your bathroom to make it easier for people to get rid of things they should not be flushing, my mum also has a sign in her bathroom asking guests politely not to flush anything but paper down the loo.

10 comments:

  1. I'm really quite saddened to read this - how could anyone flush a deceased pet down the toilet, while there is such pollution happening from things like baby wipes, it's really depressing. Hopefully people will learn more and think more before doing things like this. Your post will definitely help.

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  2. Yes, my toilet has seen a few toys go down it. We were shocked when the drains outside the house were blocked and it seems someone had been flushing nappies down the toilet - who would do that?

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  3. Oh dear, we've definitely had the toy situation, what is it with kids wanting to throw things in the toilet?

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  4. We are very careful as we had a blockage a year or two back, we share our drains with a neighbour. I can't believe people would flush a hamster down the loo... why would you even consider it?

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  5. We never put anything other than the above down the loo. I am so glad that we live in a new house, so dont have other peoples things in the pipes!

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  6. THat's an amazing fact about the deceased pets - not sure the kids would let me flush their beloved hamsters away even if I wanted to!

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  7. I cannot believe what some people will flush down the toilet, I remember the drains at my parents house flooding once, they came out to sort it out and the main drain had condoms and sanitary towels in it! These things obviously expand so quite why people would put them down the loo. This will definitely get the word out there.I cannot believe what some people will flush down the toilet, I remember the drains at my parents house flooding once, they came out to sort it out and the main drain had condoms and sanitary towels in it! These things obviously expand so quite why people would put them down the loo. This will definitely get the word out there.

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  8. Toilet paper - that's all that's ever gone down our pipes that I know about! Flushing pets is rather disturbing.

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  9. Pets and nappies? Eek. I expect we've had the odd toy and hair bobble accidentally being flushed, but we do try not to put anything down but toilet paper. Sounds like a useful campaign.

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  10. My mum used to flush dead fish used to tell me they are going back to there. Families but I know the truth now mother!!! Three Ps is a good rule to stick by!

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