To think how on earth that would fit there?

(44 Posts)
Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 14:00:10

Just had a letter from my water company saying there had been some serious blockages in the drains around here and reminding us what not to flush. One of the main culprits are nappies!!!!! How the frig do you flush a nappy down the toilet?

AIBU to think a nappy does not fit down a toilet?

TheBigJessie Wed 02-Oct-13 14:11:14



Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 14:18:54

I just can't get my head around it. The main culprit too so not just one nappy, loads of them.

MotherofBear Wed 02-Oct-13 17:09:05

I have never thrown one down the toilet, but it is possible to roll and tuck one up into a very small package which could possibly fit. Although it's much easier just to use the bin, so no clue why anyone would go to all the bother!

TigerSwallowTail Wed 02-Oct-13 17:11:03

I see this sign a lot

TigerSwallowTail Wed 02-Oct-13 17:11:51

*i see this sign a lot in public toilets and have always wondered how one would fit, and why wouldn't you just use the bin instead, surely it would be much easier?

YoniBottsBumgina Wed 02-Oct-13 17:13:56

I've seen it on signs a lot too but never met anybody who has done it, I also don't understand why it would occur to you. Small things that you shouldn't flush like tampons, condoms, ear buds, I can understand why someone might think that was okay but what makes you look at a nappy and think it's flushable?!


(Sanitary towels too - THEY EXPAND, PEOPLE!)

trikken Wed 02-Oct-13 17:26:32

I dont understand why anyone would put anything but human waste and toilet roll down the toilet, they are such a pain in the bum to fix.

lljkk Wed 02-Oct-13 17:27:03

tampons too, but maybe that word is too rude to use on a sign?
Baby wipes are another huge problem. Must not flush.

YoniBottsBumgina Wed 02-Oct-13 17:29:13

Probably because they have never had to fix one, trikken.

Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 19:47:45

Yes it mentioned tampons and sanitary towels, cotton buds, baby wipes and putting oil and grease down the sink but nappies was mentioned as the main culprit.

Apparently it's a criminal offence to block the sewers. We had a nice colourful fact sheet too talking about grease and fat and toilets and then they'd helpfully included a curry recipe that's low in fat. Didn't really make me want to try it.

Still shaking my head in wonder how a nappy would fit and why anyone would think that was a good idea.

quoteunquote Wed 02-Oct-13 20:27:53
seesensepeople Wed 02-Oct-13 20:31:05


When I was a teenager we used to flush sanitary towels and tampons as the norm...

...early disposable nappies were a pad that you put inside plastic pants and they too were advertised as "flushable".

Of course, times have moved on but perhaps not everyone's thinking has caught up?

By the way, I'm not that old - only mid forties!

CrohnicallyLurking Wed 02-Oct-13 20:38:04

I tried flushing a sanitary towel once, it wouldn't go down. In my defence, I was a young teen, on a residential school trip, I didn't really know any teachers, there were NO suitable bins anywhere, and I was too mortified to ask.

So if a sanitary towel won't go down, how the hell do people flush nappies?!

And YANBU and should think yourself lucky you don't have to pay the repair bill, we are liable for a percentage of the repair costs on our drains, when one neighbour does this we all have to pay as we don't know who did it.

Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 20:39:22

Looks like its not as uncommon as iI though looking at that link.

I'm sure we flushed tampons when I was younger too, the adverts said you could. I can sort of understand that but a nappy?

Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 20:40:33

I would not be happy if I had to pay for that, apparently some homes were flooded.

SacreBlue Wed 02-Oct-13 20:43:54

We had sceptic tank out in the country & never mind nappies Dad barely let us flush toilet roll.

<hears lecture in head about how you 'only need a couple of squares'>

ScottishInSwitzerland Wed 02-Oct-13 20:45:43

Erm... Are you not supposed to flush tampons down the toilet? blush
I had no idea. Is this common knowledge? I've always flushed them.

CrohnicallyLurking Wed 02-Oct-13 20:49:18

It's not recommended. I never knew either till we moved to this house and had a leaflet through the door, basically toilets are only designed for human waste and small pieces of toilet paper. Anything else shouldn't be flushed. And in some countries, you can't flush the paper either.

I use a MoonCup now, but before that I just wrapped tampons in tissue, placed in a lined lidded bin and emptied the bin after the end of my period.

YoniBottsBumgina Wed 02-Oct-13 21:06:06

I think it still says on tampon packets that they are flushable. They're not really, though.

The problem isn't the size, it's the fact they don't break up easily. If there is a snag anywhere on the inside of the pipe (which can happen when there are old pipes anywhere in the system) and something gets caught on it, if it's soft like poo or wet toilet paper then it will just break off and not be a problem, but if it's stronger like cotton wool or even something like those "flushable" toilet wipes then it stays there and other stuff can get caught on it. Over time other stuff gets caught on this blockage and it builds up. If you're lucky then the original item will break down and the blockage will clear, but if not then it can block the whole pipe.

TheBreastmilksOnMe Wed 02-Oct-13 21:16:15

My loos are awful for blocking up I blame cheap, modern bogs with narrow u bends and eco flushes and ancient, broken pipes. Every time dp has a shit they block up for a few days. I don't know if it's the size of the shit or the amount of tissue he uses but it drives me bonkers.

Theincidental Wed 02-Oct-13 21:18:25

Eater board had to come out to unblock the drains here. They found an adult pair of jeans in there that had somehow been flushed down a loo!

How? How?

The mind boggles as to what would cause someone to flush jeans down a loo...

Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:29:37

That is truly perplexing, how on earth would
a pair of jeans fit?

NachoAddict Wed 02-Oct-13 21:36:39

Jeans?? Why would you do that.

Baby wipes are the devils work at blocking toilets and I cant understand the thought process behind flushing a nappy.

gobbynorthernbird Wed 02-Oct-13 21:37:39

Anyone else expecting a totally different thread?

Oh. Just me then.

quoteunquote Wed 02-Oct-13 21:43:49

grin at gobby

IrisWildthyme Wed 02-Oct-13 21:56:34

I think the reason we used to be able to flush tampons, towels and even nappies 30 years ago was because they were basically glorified loo paper - a thick wodge of cotton wool, which would disintegrate in the water.

These days, such articles are made of much more synthetic stuff, including those clear gel beads which swell up to many times their original size to absorb lots and lots of water. I'm sure you could easily fit a not-particularly-wee'd into modern nappy (probably only the size 0/1 tiny ones) down the loo quite easily, but they would swell to block the pipe not long after the U bend.

Happydays12345 Wed 02-Oct-13 21:58:58

I'm wondering if the culprits are feeling guilty after receiving the letter.

I'd be mortified if I flooded people's houses.

Norfolknway Wed 02-Oct-13 22:10:43

We used to flush tampons as students in shared accommodation.

Well, until the drains got all blocked up with 'something' and we ended up with poo in the yard shock

Poor landlord had to dig through the poo and tampons to clear it...we never did it again confused

Rhubarbgarden Wed 02-Oct-13 23:16:29

Jeans? Jeans?!


LazyGaga Wed 02-Oct-13 23:21:21

We had problems with our shared drains and environmental health bloke found incontinence pads down there, not Tena lady size but the full on adult nappy size.

That still comes nowhere near jeans though!

ThePuffyShirt Wed 02-Oct-13 23:27:33

I once saw a CCTV of a local sewer (long story) & spotted a pair of jeans and a cabbage!

(Obv the cabbage had got in there via a manhole, but still, wtf?)

GoldiChops Thu 03-Oct-13 00:51:04

Wow, I've never heard of not flushing tampons. there is no way I could wrap one and put it in the bin, dripping blood clots everywhere! Plus at work they don't have a bathroom bin, no way I could carry a dripping package through to the kitchen bin. Bad enough trying to sneak a pad through, at least they retain the blood better if you change every hour! I've never flushed a nappy though, nor a pad.

IrisWildthyme Thu 03-Oct-13 06:09:30

Goldi in the supermarket next to the tampons and towels you can usually buy a box of discrete little plastic bags like mini nappy sacks but the plastic is much more heavily coloured so that the contents can't be seen. Very useful if there's no bin readily to hand and you can easily keep a couple wherever you keep your spares. However I'm shocked at a workplace not providing a bin in the ladies at work - are all the bosses men who have never had to think about such things?

Nottalotta Thu 03-Oct-13 06:38:00

Me too Gobby

I had no idea you couldn't flush tampons but haven't been able to use them for years. Did flush them as a teen though. Along with the old style pre Always sanitary towels which i was advised to tear in half lengthways and flush. Yuck. But they were just pretty much padding rather than plasticy like they are now.

I wouldn't want to wrap a tampon. Maybe thats why the sanitary bins at work are always smeared in blood?

Silverlace Thu 03-Oct-13 06:50:15

I used to work in a shop that had baby change facilities. We paid a heck of a lot of money to hire proper nappy bins but still had to regularly pay a plumber even more to remove the nappy from the toilet that some idiot had flushed down.

lljkk Thu 03-Oct-13 06:51:14

I was taught to wrap & bin tampons 30+ yrs ago, I never heard of flushing for a long long time. Different country, though our sewers were much newer & presumably bigger.

lottiegarbanzo Thu 03-Oct-13 07:02:01

I think there's a bit of a battle between manufacturers who describe things like baby wipes and tampons as flushable on the packaging and water companies who say 'not suitable for flushing, please don't.'

SpiritOfTheBuskersCat Thu 03-Oct-13 07:58:26

I've got 2 boxes of tampons here, must checked them, one says flushable the others say don't.

wonkylegs Thu 03-Oct-13 08:11:00

this story was picked up by various national networks.
I just can imagine how, let alone why.
However I have worked on various specialised care developments where we have to design loos with special panels to allow unblocking when patients/residents have flushed bedsheets & towels down the loo. I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it.

GoldiChops Thu 03-Oct-13 10:53:53

IrisWildThyme thanks- I didn't know they did sanitary bags like nappy bags. I'm a nanny, in a family house, so it's not a ladies' loo it's just the family loo- neither the kitchen loo nor the kids one, the ones I can use, have bins. The only bin is the kitchen bin, no way I could pop a parcel of blood into someone's kitchen bin! The outside bin is a wheely bin so it's really obvious what you've put in there. I tend to wrap pads really well, plastic bag them, and keep them in a plastic lined makeup bag to dispose of at home. My boss, lovely lady but but she really doesn't get how heavy some people's periods can be. I have too change hourly for three days!

GoldiChops Thu 03-Oct-13 10:56:31

Oh but I have never flushed a tampon tube, the Tampax cardboard ones say they are flushable but they look so huge! I clean and wrap them once used. I bet they cause probs too. I use the plastic ones at work, as they are smaller packages so you can fit more in your bag, Id never flush them!

TheBigJessie Thu 03-Oct-13 13:24:32

All the tampons I have ever bought said, "not flushable, please dispose in bin" or something similar.

Rhubarbgarden Thu 03-Oct-13 14:06:13

Guilty of tampon flushing here too. That's what I was taught to do twenty five years ago and I've never heard anything different. I will refrain now.

I did, however, stay in a B&B last weekend that had no bathroom bin. Just a tiny wicker basket, unlined, in the bedroom. As we had a nappy-wearer with us I had to line the basket with plastic bags myself so we could use it. I thought that was really poor - and it wasn't a cheap place or someone's home; it was a proper Inn with lots of rooms and all the other usual facilities.

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