Sometimes it can be tempting to use your sink or toilet as a handy disposal system, flushing away any unwanted fluids or paper towels, but don’t! Whatever you flush down the toilet or rinse down the sink drain ends up in the water and sewer systems, and there are certain items that can be detrimental to these systems. We’ve compiled a list of some items that should never be flushed, and what you should do with them instead.
Paint, cleaning products, oils and solvents should never be washed away down the sink. The chemicals from these products can end up in the water system, damaging them and also causing potential damage to your pipes and drainage.
Contact your local council to organise for these chemicals to be picked up and properly disposed of.
Never dispose of medications down the toilet. Water treatment facilities are unable to strip the water of all chemicals, so traces of prescription medication and illegal drugs have been found in the water supplies that we drink from. Although the traces are not large enough to have a harmful effect, it is best to avoid flushing drugs away.
You can pop into your local chemist to return any unused medications where they will properly dispose of them.
Grease, Fats and Oils
When in their liquid form, it can be tempting to just dispose of these down the sink, but they quickly cause problems when they solidify. This can cause damage to your and other people’s pipes and drainage systems, leading to avoidable call-outs.
Pour fat and grease into plastic containers and then throw them out with your household rubbish. Alternatively, you can use small amounts of lard or fat to make bird cake!
Paper Towels, Cotton Wool, Wipes etc.
Unlike toilet roll, these products are not designed to break down in water. Flushing away wipes, cotton wool pads etc. can cause drain blockages, so it’s best to avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper.
Check out which of these products can be recycled, then bin the rest.
Hopefully, these handy tips will help to keep your drains healthy and unclogged, but if you do run into trouble and need help with blocked drains in Nottingham, give us a call. Contact us on 0115 8226086 to speak to a member of our helpful team.