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What not to flush


There's a number of things that shouldn't be flushed. A good rule to follow is only flush the three Ps (pee, poo and paper). If you're unsure if you can flush it or not look out for the fine to flush sign on the packaging.


Here's our list of some common things not to flush.


Paper Towels

It seems so long ago the great toilet paper shortage of 2020 and it resulted in people buying paper towels, napkin and other non-flushable household papers to be used and flushed.  The reason you should only flush paper with the fine to flush sign is because things like paper kitchen towels don’t breakdown as easy down the line as regular toilet paper. 


Make up wipes or cosmetic wipes or wet wipes

These are have been noted as the worst problem in modern times and have been responsible for half of global blockages because they don’t dissolve. If you’re wanting an alternative make up wipe, look out for reusable microfibre wet wipes – good for the environment and your pocket because to clean them they go in the washing machine. 

Condoms

These are not meant to be flushed as they cause severe problems to the sewerage system because they are not biodegradable. Sometimes they even end up in public waterways which is the last thing you’d want to see whilst out for a walk. 

Baby wipes

They aren’t too dissimilar to those wet wipes mentioned earlier, they might feel softer and a little more like they’d dissolve in the water; truth is they don’t. 

Cooking oil or grease

Well its cooked and cooled down it goes hard, almost like a rock which can cause problems in pipes.


Bleach

If you’ve been closed a while and you’re going to do a deep clean you might be tempted to do a deep clean and put bleach down the toilet. Bleach is extremely corrosive and damage your pipes, but it can also react with other substances in your plumbing, creating and releasing toxic fumes. Step away from the bleach. 

Paint

It’s a complex mixture of pigments and extenders, binders, solvents, and additives. When you’re giving your business premises a refresh you shouldn’t put them down the drain or flush them as some can be considered hazardous. waste.


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