We’re all aware of the world’s environmental problems, with regular updates on the news about how mankind is damaging the globe, with how we live our lives. Two environmental issues that have grabbed plenty of headlines are plastic waste and non-biodegradable goods going into our oceans and water courses.
This year in October, a campaign called Unblocktober was a month-long national campaign and awareness month to improve the health of our drains, sewers, watercourses and seas, driven by the British public. In 2019, Unblocktober saw more than 5,000 Britons across the country pledge to change their kitchen and bathroom habits at home and at work to help save the environment. Organisers were hopeful to get even more support in 2020.
Why does Unblocktober exist?
The British public has spent decades consistently putting fat and non-flushable items down their drains, without considering the consequences. This has led to the creation of fatbergs, enormous masses of congealed fat, oil, grease, wet wipes, period care products, cotton buds, condoms, nappies, bandages and more, which block drains, sewers and home plumbing, causing them to work less effectively than they should.
Some of these items can also lead to plastic pollution, another global environmental crisis that we need to fight. Here at Clear-flow, we think that we all should be doing what we can to help the environment, but there are also plenty of personal reasons why we shouldn’t be flushing these things down our toilets and plughole.
Blockages at home
As well as causing problems in our sewers, flushing these things away can cause drainage problems at home as well, Wet wipes and sanitary products flushed away in the bathroom are notorious for blocking up toilets, as they don’t break down in the same way as toilet paper. Fats poured down the kitchen sink can solidify and will be very tough to clear if it clogs up the pipes. Food waste can also have the same effect on your kitchen drain and attract unwelcome pests.
Disposing of these items properly is not only beneficial to the environment but to the drainage system you have in your own home, so you should be disposing of these things responsibly and not down your drains!
Prevention is always better than a cure, but it just may be too late. Even if you are doing the right things, it is not always possible to avoid drain blockages. Should you find yourself faced with blocked pipes because you have flushed away something that you shouldn’t have done or your drain has blocked for whatever reason, it’s time to investigate and resolve the issue. At this stage, the best thing you can do is call a professional drain unblocking service like Clear-flow.
We will be able to accurately assess the problem using our specialist equipment and take the necessary steps to locate the root cause, clear that blockage and get the water flowing again.
Clear-flow are experts in unblocking drains, regardless of what has caused the blockage. If you have a blocked drain and need a CCTV drainage survey to find out what’s gone wrong or just want it cleared, call us on 0800 317 082.