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.