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Prevent a Drain Repair – Only flush the 3 P’s

26th September 2019

Prevent a Drain Repair – Only flush the 3 P’s

Prevent a drain repair - only flush the 3 P's


Following on from our previous article regarding the different ways we can recycle and save water, we also wanted to share the importance of ensuring we're not polluting the water. With it being Recycle Week, we figured it was the perfect time to advise our customers ways we can reduce drain repair costs by preventing blockages.

Blocked drains take up around 40% of our jobs across Barnsley Rotherham Sheffield and Doncaster as people incorrectly flush things down the toilet and pour things down the drain. Blocked drains can lead to damage to your drainage system and may lead to costly drain repair if left unnoticed.

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According to Water.org.uk, water companies spend £100 million each year, clearing blockages that have been caused by things that shouldn’t be in the drains. We, at Metro Rod, unblock thousands of blocked drains every year across Barnsley Rotherham Sheffield and Doncaster which could have easily been avoided if tenants/property owners had only flushed the 3 P’s – Pee, Poo and Paper (tissue paper).

Some of the common causes of blocked drains across Barnsley Rotherham Sheffield and Doncaster are:

  • Sanitary Products
  • Facial Wipes/Wet Wipes
  • Nappies
  • Hair
  • Dental Floss
  • Razor Blades
  • Cotton Buds
  • Toilet Cleaning Products
  • Plastic Wrappers


When a drainage system is misused and blocked with wet wipes, nappies or sanitary products, these will stay in the pipes as they won't break down which could lead to even bigger blockages. Some blockages put a strain on the pipes and can cause cracks, fractures or displaced joints that require drain repair.

We strongly advise people to only flush the 3 P’s, not only to save you some money on a drain repair but to reduce pollution to our environment. If we flush things such as sanitary items, wet wipes, and nappies, this will damage our environment as they will stay in the system for a very long time.

Another huge reason you could need drain repair is due to FOG in your drains – fat, oil and grease. Tipping cooking fats, oils or any leftover food down the drain can cause fatbergs in your pipes and public sewer, potentially leading to a HUGE blockage. You can read more about FOG management here. If you’re unsure how to dispose of fat, oil, and grease correctly, allow the waste to cool and solidify, scrape it into a container that is going into the bin and put it in the general waste bin.


  • Only Flush the 3 P’s (Pee, Poo & Paper)
  • Wet Wipes cause blocked drains
  • Fat, Oil and Grease cannot be flushed away


Let’s not take our water supply and drainage for granted. Make sure you follow these guidelines and reduce pollution in our environment. Share the things you're doing to help save our planet with #RecycleWeek.

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