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Wet Wipes vs. Blocked Drains – Metro Rod West Yorkshire

29th May 2019

Wet Wipes vs. Blocked Drains – Metro Rod West Yorkshire

Wet Wipes vs. Blocked Drains


Research by WRC has shown that over 75% of all blocked drains is made up of wet wipes. Fatbergs are a thick mass that can clog up your drains, formed by the combination of non-biodegradable solids such as wet wipes. As well as creating blocked drains, the disposal of wet wipes down toilets has become an environmental emergency.

Wet wipes, even though they state they are “flushable”, the wipes do not disintegrate in water general toilet paper states and in fact caused blocked toilets. Check out Metro Rod Deeside North Wales article showing their very own experiment here.

After BBC investigated last year and found that there were no wet wipes that were sold as flushable in the UK that had yet managed to pass the water industry’s disintegration tests, the 'Fine to Flush' standard has come to light. WRC has long been at the forefront of research into wet wipes and their impact on blocked drains and water networks in general. Now they are proud to be the designated testing facility for all products wishing to gain ‘Fine to Flush’ certification.


The Body Shop and Wet Wipes


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The Body Shop is the first business in its industry to say no to wet wipes and blocked drains by removing them off their shelves. Instead of using wet wipes as they are causing blocked drains and harm to the environment, Linda has offered alternative items that do the same job or even better.

Linda Campbell, UK Managing Director at The Body Shop stated to HuffPost UK, The Body Shop confirms beauty wipes will start disappearing from UK stores as early as October this year:

“At The Body Shop we’ve discontinued our face wipes and they’ll start disappearing from UK stores as early as October this year.

A perfect alternative to our face wipes is the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter which removes makeup while cleansing your skin. It works brilliantly when paired with 100% organic cotton muslin cloth. Using a muslin cloth is a great option as it can be washed and reused again and again. To give your cloth ultimate longevity, we recommend rinsing it thoroughly after every use and allow it to air dry naturally.”


The impact of wipes on your home


There are many different types of wet wipes in a household including baby wipes, face wipes, anti-bacterial wipes etc for you to dispose of. Bin it, don’t flush it! Metro Rod West Yorkshire receives call-outs across Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and Huddersfield to blocked drains every day. The wipes that are flushed down the toilet quickly join forces with FOG (fat, oils and grease which should also not go down the drains) to form fatbergs which then lead to blocked drains.


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What Metro Rod West Yorkshire can do for you?


Blocked drains can be very persistent, and we know its stressful and hard to unblock drains yourselves. Metro Rod Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and Huddersfield are your local drainage experts, so if you’re facing a blocked drain give us a call as it is our job to safely and efficiently unblock drains.


Before buying a new home in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and Huddersfield, whether it’s your first home or not, you do not want to be caught out by unmaintained blocked drains! Metro Rod West Yorkshire suggests a CCTV Survey. A CCTV survey can show you any hidden cracked pipes or tree root damage as a blocked drain is not always noticeable to the eye. If your home is suffering from persistently blocked drains in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford and Huddersfield we can provide a CCTV survey to locate exactly what is causing your blocked drains and the location of the blockage.


As a professional drainage company, Metro Rod Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield have been unblocking drains, CCTV Surveys and drain repair for over 36 years!

All of Metro Rod Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield’s engineers are highly trained with a van equipped with the most up to date equipment to clear any blocked drain that presents itself to us. We have specialist electro-mechanical machines that negotiate pipework with multiple bends to remove and clear the blocked drains leaving the pipe free flowing.


To save yourself the trouble of a blocked drain, simply remember the #3Ps – pee, paper, and poo! 


If you find yourself stuck with blocked drains, Metro Rod Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield can help!

Got blocked drains? It is necessary for you to call a professional to unblock drains. Give us a call today and let our professionals unblock your blocked drain safely and effectively so that you can get on with your life without any the extra stress!

If you’d like more information on blocked drains, and you’re in the West Yorkshire area, visit the Metro Rod West Yorkshire page to get in touch with our friendly team.

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