To Flush Or Not To Flush

Having a beautiful bathroom suite is very important for business owners keen to keep their employees happy and their clients impressed with the way they run their operations, so you need to think about setting out a policy reminding people what they can and cannot flush when in the toilet cubicle.

Many people think it’s fine to send anything and everything down the drain, but this is certainly not the case and there could be very serious repercussions if the wrong items are sent spiralling. You may have read about the huge fatberg the size of a Boeing 747 airplane that was recently removed from a west London sewer and which was made up of food fat, sanitary products and wet wipes.

If that had been ignored by the local council (and it took a week for them to clear the blockage), raw sewage could easily have seeped its way into local homes, so you can see how vital it is that your employees know just what can be flushed. According to figures from United Utilities, one in ten of you have experienced a blocked toilet or drain after flushing make-up and baby wipes, cotton buds and sanitary products, paying out on average £99 to call a plumber out to fix the problem.

Regional differences have also been noticed, with those in Liverpool most likely to flush make-up wipes in the north-west, while people living in Blackpool are the least likely of us all to send inappropriate products down the drain – perhaps because beachside residents are more likely to be aware of the environmental effect this problem can have.

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