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Bin it, not flush it, at Christmas

Posted on 16 December 2016

“Christmas is one of our busiest times when it comes to clearing blockages and repairing pipes in homes,” says our Responsive Operations Manager Mark Warren.

“People are at home for longer periods, which means there are more incidents of wipes, disposable nappies and kitchen waste, such as fat, food scraps and oil, being put down loos and sinks. These can cause blockages and damage to pipes, with repairs costing thousands of pounds every year – which Hyde residents pay for through higher service charges,” Mark says.

“Blockages can cause unpleasant smells and sometimes mean you and your neighbours can’t use toilets or kitchen sinks for a time. In the worst cases, people have had upsurges of sewage into their home – not a nice prospect at Christmas.”

Mark’s tips to help prevent blockages

  • Have a small bin or suitable container in the bathroom or next to the toilet for ‘non-flushable’ items such as wet wipes, make-up wipes, sanitary towels, kitchen roll, disposable nappies, Incontinence products or ear buds.
  • Pour oil or fat into a suitable container to cool and then place it in your food waste bin. Don’t pour it down the sink as it will solidify in the pipes: running hot water and adding detergent won’t prevent a blockage
  • Scrape food and fat from plates into the bin before washing-up or placing them in your dishwasher.

Watch our home maintenance video guide on unblocking a sink or toilet.