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 in the loo as they are made of plastic. Even if they say ‘flushable’ they should never go down the toilet.
Even wipes that say ‘flushable’ or ‘biodegradable’ cause blockages. Although they disappear when you flush the loo, they take a number of years to disintegrate.
Avoid a fatberg like this by putting these items in the bin:
Tips to 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.
Margarine tubs, plastic pots and jam jars make handy containers to capture cooled, leftover cooking fat and oil - which you can put in the bin.
Scrape your plates of food and fat before washing up or loading your dishwasher.
Keep a bin in the bathroom for everything that isn’t pee, poo or toilet paper.