Saturday, October 27, 2012

10 things you should never flush down your toilet

Wet wipes are wreaking havoc, but they are not the strangest things to have been found in our sewers

Many sewer blockkages have to be removed by hand. Photograph: Stewart Turkington
Remember to avoid flushing any of these items, which have been fished out from under our streets:

1. Food fat

A serious problem, as it tends to bind around wet wipes and other detritus like clay around straw. "It slips down sinks very easily when it's warm," says Simon Evans of Thames Water, "but once it hits our sewers it cools down and congeals into what we call fatbergs."

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