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Wet Wipes In Reading Drain


We at Metro Rod Reading drain care and repair see every hour of every day the problems which are caused by wet-wipes entering the drainage system in Berkshire. Whilst wet wipes are often described as being “flushable” the mere fact that they will flush around the S-bend in your toilet does NOT mean that they will then magically disappear or even bio-degrade and this morning a BBC News article has highlighted the major issue they present to the sewage and drain network .

Our engineers are busy unblocking drains and unblocking toilets across Reading and surrounding areas such as Woodley, Caversham Newbury, Henley and Marlow every day and so often the cause of the blockage is wet-wipes having been flushed down the toilet. For the UK’s Water Companies this presents a huge drain on their resources….just look at these words from the BBC article and feel the strength of feeling they exhibit:

Matt Wheeldon, a director at Wessex Water, has tried to push for action to prevent wipes being labelled as flushable.

He said: “I think they’re a complete scourge on our society.

“Whoever came up with the bad idea didn’t think about the impact they’re going to have on the environment.”

He added that it was “technically illegal to put anything down the toilet that’s going to block up the sewer”. 

It’s not just a water company problem of course……you are highly likely to be responsible for those drains within the boundaries of your property which service your business or home and the clear message is DO NOT PUT WET WIPES DOWN YOUR TOILETS.

For businesses in Reading and Berkshire Metro Rod offers Pre-Planned Maintenance Programmes to minimise the likelihood of costly and disruptive interruption of your business due to  a blocked drain or blocked toilet. Read more about Pre-Planned Maintenance and how it can benefit your business here.

Should the worst happen though please call us and our highly trained engineers, all of whom are experienced in dealing with drainage issues of all kind in Reading and the Thames Valley. Whether you are in Reading, Swindon, Slough or any other part of the Thames Valley and whether you have a single blocked drain or blocked toilet  or a need for a CCTV drain survey or drain repair we have the answers.

More Information

If you would like to find out more, give us a ring on 0808 208 2654 . Alternatively you can call our emergency helpline on 0800 66 88 00 24 hours a day.

You can also contact us by:

Going to www.metrorod.co.uk/local/reading/

Emailing us at [email protected]

Connecting with Andrew, our Managing Director on LinkedIn

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