Why you should only flush toilet paper

With the recent panic buying of toilet roll leaving shopping aisles empty, shoppers across the country have been forced to use unsafe items such as kitchen roll, baby wipes and even newspaper in an effort to find toilet paper alternatives. 

We are already seeing the huge impact this is having on drainage systems and are currently seeing a significant increase in drain blockages. 

While you should always only flush toilet roll regardless of whether there is a pandemic, read on to find out why now especially you should not flush anything other than toilet paper during the coronavirus crisis.

It’s a hassle you don’t need right now

Having to deal with a blocked drain can be a real inconvenience and a stress you certainly don’t need in these already worrying times. To save yourself time (and money), refrain from flushing anything other than toilet roll.

Blocked drains are a risk to health

A drain that is not flowing freely can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. This growth of bacteria leads to the spread of diseases and these microbes can also trigger allergies, which is particularly problematic for those with asthma. 

Don’t trust ‘flushable’ wipes

Although there may be little left on the supermarket shelves, the reality is that the only thing that should be flushed is the three p’s: Pee, Poo and toilet Paper. (For our full list of items that shouldn’t be flushed, click here.)

Even wipes that claim to be ‘flushable’ can actually pose more of a risk to drain blockages since they encourage a misconception that these are safe to flush. In reality, these so-called ‘flushable’ wipes will often contain plastic which means they do not biodegrade quickly, increasing the chances of a blockage occuring. It was found that wet wipes accounted for 93% of material causing sewing blockages 

So, please remember to only flush toilet paper, and if you are having to use alternatives, make sure that these are being placed in the bin. And if you are someone who is hoarding loo roll, please consider the wider consequences your actions could be making.

Our expert teams are available around the clock to tackle emergency drainage problems. For further advice or information, contact your nearest Drain Doctor location.