Thames Water Bit It Don't Block It.

This is the wet wipe that was flushed down the loo. The myth of flushable wipes.

What really happens.

This is what happens when you put the wrong things down the drain.

Never pour oil and fat down the sink. When it cools it sets hard clogging your pipes.

The majority of blockages are caused by cooking fat and oil, which congeal in the sewers, forming a thick layer around the pipe.


Running the hot tap and pouring washing up liquid down the sink won’t prevent fats or oils from blocking your pipes.

Each year approximately 1,000 homes and 5,000 gardens in the Thames region flood with sewage as a result of blockages in the sewers.

Only flush pee, poo and toilet paper down the loo.

Millions of people suffer the misery of blocked drains every year - a result of unsuitable products being flushed down the loo or washed down the drain.


Wet wipes do not break down as quickly as toilet paper. They lurk in pipes and merge with fat to create huge rock hard fatbergs.

Wipes also contain plastics and other man-made materials which persist in the environment. Even if they say ‘flushable’ they should never go down the toilet.

Help us to fight the #fatberg by putting these things in the bin:

Fatberg fighting tips.

How you can keep your drains blockage free.

There are 6.7 million blocked drains each year in the UK.

A plumber could cost over £200 to clear your pipes.

Make your own fat trap.

Margarine tubs, plastic pots and jam jars make handy containers. Capture cooled, leftover cooking fat and oil - which you can put in the bin.

Clear your plates.

Scrape your plates of food and fat before washing up or loading your dishwasher.

Use a bin.

Keep a bin in the bathroom for everything that isn’t pee, poo or toilet paper.