A huge chunk of the monster Whitechapel #fatberg is now on display as a museum exhibit in London. It highlights a growing trend to this throwaway age – but will it prevent people clogging up the sewers with the fat and grease (FOG)and flushing wet-wipes down the loo?

We work with many restaurants, cafes, hotels, schools and pubs in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole where large amounts of cooking takes place, and are seeing the problems that the build up of fat and grease can cause in the drains on a far more regular basis. We are also seeing more domestic blockages being caused through this build up with wipes being added in to the mix.

It was estimated by Euromonitor that we use between 1,500 and 2,250 wipes per child from the day they are born to the age of three. It’s not just baby wipes that are the culprits, but also the more recent trend for anti-bac, floor, glass, make-up – you name it, if it’s something you can clean, there will be a wipe for the job, and these wipes are then all to often simply flushed down the loo.

Water UK – the trade body representing all the main water and sewerage companies in the UK, recently reported that wipes make up 93% of the materials that cause sewer blockages. We here at Metro Rod would like to encourage people to pay attention to what they are putting down their drains.

Our engineers deal with blockages caused in this way on an almost daily basis, and it only seems to be getting worse. We are obviously able to deal with this kind of blockage using techniques such as high-pressure jetting to clear any build up and even drainage repair if necessary, but we’d also like to help educate the nation and try and lessen the damage caused in this way.

Whether you are a business or a household we’d be happy to help with your blocked drains. Give us a call 01258 863745.

We have drainage engineers in Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Dorchester, Blandford Forum, Portsmouth, Havant, Waterlooville, Gosport, Fareham and the surrounding villages to come to the rescue.

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