You can’t flush this!
New research* shows that our customers across the North West are throwing millions of pounds down the drain by flushing the wrong things down the loo.
One in 10 people has suffered from blocked toilets and drains by flushing items such as baby wipes, make-up wipes, sanitary products and cotton buds – paying an average of £99 for a plumber to repair it.
Flushing habits differ depending where you live:
- Liverpool is the make-up wipe flushing capital of the North West.
- Blackpool residents are the least likely to flush inappropriate items. Beachside towns were also the group most likely to be aware of the environmental impact of this problem.
- Those living in Blackburn are most likely to have had blocked pipes caused by flushing habits.
Check out flushing habits where you live.
Plumber, Ged Atkins said: “I’ve been a plumber for over twenty years and one of the most common problems I’m called out to deal with is blocked pipes caused by flushing the wrong things down the loo.
“It’s such an easy problem to solve and while the ‘MC Plumber’ video may be a bit of fun, behind it is an important message that could end up helping a lot of North West residents to keep their pipes clear – avoiding unnecessary hassle and cost.”
*Online research conducted by OpinionMatters in March 2013 among 1,002 NW householders.
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