The Top 10 Weirdest Objects that block pipes in UK homes

Always losing items of clothing or random objects around the house? Well they could be in your pipes, according to new research.

Home emergency experts HomeServe have found that 5000 pairs of pants, knickers and socks have been found in the nation’s pipes over the last year.

And that’s not all, as the items range from the weird and wacky to the downright strange. Garden furniture, fireworks, dog bowls, shuttlecocks, £10 notes, mobile phones, children’s toys and gaming devices have all been found in pipes – no wonder they are blocked up!

And it gets better – as the u-bend is reportedly a favourite place for some people to store the remains of a family pet – with a dead animal the reason for the blockage in 1 in 20 cases. So next time the dog or cat has disappeared, check the pipework.

Steve Bailey, one of the engineers involved in the research, comments:

“You’d be surprised at some of the things I have found whilst servicing blocked pipes and drains over the years. I once discovered a quarter of a chicken stuck in the U-bend of a toilet causing it to over flow. The customer had enjoyed a family barbeque the previous day, but was pretty bemused as to how it got there. You find children’s toys all the time – it’s amazing what fun kids can have with toilets.”

The Top Ten things found in pipework:

1) Household Waste (hair, fat, food etc.) – 46,150 callouts a year

2) Children’s toys – 6,305 callouts

3) Food Packaging – 6,305 callouts

4) Underwear – 5,005 callouts

5) Dead Animals 3,575 callouts

6) Animal and Bird Nests – 2,860 callouts

7) Jewellery – 2,730 callouts

8 ) Cigarette Packets – 2,405 callouts

9) Bottles – 1,500 callouts

10) Mobile Phones – 715 callouts


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Posted on August 5, 2011, in construction jobs, construction news, plumbing, plumbing courses, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, t4ts, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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