Put your pipe work on a diet and save our sewers from Christmas misery!
Christmas is all about over indulgence but even though 'tis the season' to fill your pipe work with lots of yummy fatty foods, the region's sewers don't feel quite so jolly about all that Christmas cholesterol. In fact quite the opposite!
During the run-up to Christmas and New Year, extra fat, grease and oil gets stuck in our pipes and plumbing, clogging up the sewerage network and increasing the chances of flooding. So if you want to make sure your house remains full of joy this year, rather than full of sewage, perhaps you had better give a little consideration to the hidden sewer network beneath our feet.
South West Water would like to remind all its customers of the dangers involved with fat, grease and oil, which are all too easily emptied down sinks and toilets. The result is solidified 'gunge' that blocks personal plumbing and the main drainage system, causing overflows of foul water into rivers and seas. The Company would also like to bring to customer's attention the misery of blocked drains, flooding and expensive call-out fees, which could turn your Christmas party into a literal wash-out.
John Perriam, South West Water's Sewerage Management Strategist explains: "South West Water is responsible for enough sewers to stretch from the West Country to Hong Kong and has to spend around £1 million of customers' money every year just cleaning its pipelines, but problems will arise first, much nearer to home, on customer's own drainage systems which are much smaller and prone to blockages."
So what should you do? One solution, developed by local businesswoman Tina Offield and partner Jamie Pearce, is the 'Fat Trap'; a cleverly designed pot with a built in funnel that all the surplus fat and grease can be drained off into. Once it is filled it can be securely sealed and disposed of safely with the household rubbish, or if you prefer nuts and berries can be added as a treat for the birds in your garden! You will find full details of the 'Fat Trap' on the Less Mess web site at www.lessmess.co.uk or call 01271 817977.
So before you drain the turkey and the roasties, please give a thought to your pipe work and keep the fat in the trap this Christmas. That way we can all look forward to a slim line New Year and your visit from Father Christmas won't be immediately followed by a visit from your local plumber.
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Published: 12 December 2005