Blocked drains at home

Blocked drains in the bathroom

When you use the bathroom, please remember the three Ps: pee, poo and (toilet) paper. These are the only three things that should go down your loo. For everything else, like wet wipes, sanitary items, toiletries and nappies, remember to bin it – don't block it.

If you really need to use wipes, you can always try one of these alternatives to wet wipes instead. Alternatively, look for the official water industry 'Fine to Flush' symbol on the back of the packet.

If in doubt, please don't flush your wipes. Throw them in the bin instead.

Tampons and sanitary towels are designed to be compact and discreet, but don't be fooled by their small size. These items don't break down if you flush them, which means they can still clog your drains and force raw sewage back up into your bathroom.

Avoid this nasty surprise in your home and put all sanitary products in your bathroom bin. Bin it-don't block it.

Blocked drains in the kitchen

The drain in your kitchen sink is only designed for water. Everything else should go in the bin. Food, oil and cooking fat, for example, can all cause major drainage issues.

Here's how you can collect and dispose of your kitchen waste.

Cooking fat and oils will eventually turn solid and build up in your pipes. It's not surprising that this can block your whole system.

Instead of pouring fats and oils down the sink, collect them in a container (such as a yogurt pot or jam jar) and leave them to cool down.

Once set, you can scoop them out and pop them straight in the bin.

Your local council may also have a special way to dispose of fat, oil and grease. Please check with them for more information.

Little pieces of food can stick to congealing fat in the drain and make fatty build ups worse. That's why you should scrape and leftover food from your plate straight into the bin, before you wash them in the sink or dishwasher.

Before you rinse any reusable packaging or containers, remember to wipe them down and remove any food waste. This helps to reduce your risk of blocking the drain.