By Drain Doctor on 10/03/2016

Water utility Severn Trent is running a campaign to show its customers how a few small changes can help protect their drains against blockages and keep the sewers flowing. To help, it is giving away free fat traps to its customers.

Sewer blockages can lead to sewer flooding in your home, which can be very unpleasant but easy to avoid.

Severn Trent clears over 55,000 sewer blockages every year and 75 per cent of them are caused by putting the wrong items down the sink or toilet. It costs the company over £10 million every year to regularly clean over 700 kilometres of sewers, a cost which is passed on to its customers in the form of higher utility bills.

The main message is: “Don’t pour fats, oils and greases down the sink or the toilet – even the tiniest amount can cause problems.”

Oils and fats may be in liquid form going down but they quickly solidify when they meet the cold sewer walls (even if you pour hot water down after). The fats stick to the side of the sewer forming a concrete-like solid that attracts other debris, eventually causing a blockage.

Top tip: Wait for fat to cool after cooking and pour it in to an empty margarine tub or get a free fat trap from Severn Trent, then when it’s full throw it in the bin.

Only human waste, toilet tissue and a small amount of household cleaning products should be flushed down the toilet.Don't flush:

  • sanitary products
  • kitchen roll
  • cleansing wipes
  • baby and facial wipes
  • nappies
  • cotton buds  

Top tip: Instead use nappy or sanitary bags then put them in the bin.

If you have any problems give Drain Doctor a call on 0800 707172