First 4 Plumbing is proud to be supporting Unblocktober 2019. The world’s first national campaign focused on improving the health of drains, sewers, watercourses and oceans.
What is Unblocktober?
Unblocktober has been created to help raise people’s awareness of what should and shouldn’t be put down our drains. For years people have adopted bad habits at home that have inadvertently damaged their surroundings. By using drains for all manner of food waste, cooking oils, plastics and other substances the worlds water systems are being put under huge stresses.
Unblocktober wants to make more people aware of what should and shouldn’t go down the drain. By educating people and changing their habits it’s hoped that decades of damage can start to be reversed.
What Should and Shouldn’t Go Down The Drain
The aim of Unblocktober is to stop people putting the following down the sink or toilet;
– Cooking Oils
– Margarine, Butter or Lard
– Cooking Sauces
– Food (including crumbs)
– Wet Wipes
– Period products (including wrappers)
– Cotton Buds
– Contact Lenses
– Bandages and Plasters
– Razor Blades
– Dental Floss
Or, to make it easier to remember here’s the list of what you should be using your toilet and sink for;
– Toiler Paper
What’s the Problem with Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)?
Washing away used fats, oils and grease is extremely convenient so what’s all the fuss about? Why harm can it do?
When fats, oils and grease (FOG) are rinsed or poured down the drain they collect together in the sewers and start to harden. Over time they grow in size and become large solid masses. Not only do these masses contain FOG they also pick up all other sorts of sewer debris (such as wet wipes) and stop it flowing away.
The largest of these congealed masses are called fatbergs. At their most extreme they can block sewers which leads to flooding and pollution in the streets and waterways. Needless to say, sewage is not only a severe environmental issue but also a big danger to public health.
What Problems Do Plastics Cause
Plastic is hugely important to modern-day society, but if it is not disposed of in the correct way it can contribute to a wide range of environmental issues.
Plastic is not biodegradable, which means that there is no natural process to break it down. If you buried a paper bag and a plastic bag in your back garden the paper one would decompose within a few months. The plastic bag would still be there 1000 years later!
Plastic is a human-made material, and it contains many toxins which are potentially harmful to the environment. The toxins in plastic can also find their way into the human bloodstream and as our understanding grows they are being linked to more and more diseases such as Cancer.
Join First 4 Plumbing this October and help reduce the amount of oils, food waste and plastics entering our sewers and water systems.
For more information on Unblocktober, you can visit their website by clicking here.
If you’re suffering from blocked drains, then please call our team. First 4 Plumbing provide a comprehensive plumbing and heating services in Mansfield and across north Nottinghamshire.