Fats - what a pain in the drain!

Think before you pour

How to prevent blocked drains

Blocked sinks and drains are a real pain, inconvenient and can be expensive for you to sort out. Often blockages are caused by fats and food scraps poured or washed down the kitchen sink, so they’re easy to prevent if you:


  • Don’t pour fats from cooking food such as roasts or bacon down the sink, even small amounts can cause problems
  • Don’t let food scraps like rice, peas and beans go down the drain

Follow these top tips and you keep your drains in tip top condition

  • Before washing, pour or scrape fat and sauces (like gravy), from roasting trays, pans and plates into a heat resistant container, when cool put in the bin
  • Small amounts of grease left in pans or on plates can be wiped away with kitchen roll and thrown into the bin
  • Use a sink strainer to capture food scraps and put them in the bin
  • For larger quantities of oils, contact your local council who’ll let you know how to dispose of them and where your local recycling centre is

It doesn’t stop at the kitchen sink...

As well as causing problems at home, fats can also clog up the main sewer pipes under the street that take your used water away. Every year there are 28,000 blockages in sewers across the North West, many of these are avoidable.

These blockages can cause untreated sewage to run into homes, gardens, streets and even end up in rivers, the sea and on beaches.

Please help, you can make a real difference and help to reduce the problem of blocked drains and sewer flooding.

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