Looking after your drains


Looking after your drain pipes helps your comfort, your health and your local community. Watch what you flush and your drains will give you years of service!

What’s the problem?

Blocked drains are a serious problem. They can cause:

  • Expensive repairs
  • Properties flooding with sewage
  • Public health risks
  • Infestations of rats or insects

An oily, fatty problem?

We all use oils and fats for frying and roasting. It also drains out of meat when we’re cooking it. But we are left with waste fat that we need to dispose of.


Many fats are liquid when hot, but turn to gloop on contact with cold drains. They will congeal, build up and eventually block the drains.

Dispose of oils and fats in your bin, or food caddy, NOT down the drain.

Put your oils into old bottles. Take them to your local recycling centre where they can be turned into clean fuels or disposed of sensibly.

Can I flush it? Twelve things you should NOT flush

  1. Baby wipes
  2. Sanitary towels
  3. Nappies
  4. Tampons
  5. Paper towels and napkins
  6. Cotton wool
  7. Cat litter
  8. Paper
  9. Towels
  10. Plastic bags and wrappers
  11. Waste food
  12. Cotton buds