Don't pour your Christmas down the sink

Turkeys, roast potatoes and pigs-in-blankets could cause misery to thousands of Severn Trent customers this festive season as Christmas cooks unwittingly pour fats, oils and greases down the sink and toilet.

Watch what you put down the sink this Christmas

Grant Mitchell, from Severn Trent, explains: “This time of year is a real headache for our sewer teams because lots of festive cooking means that a lot of extra fat, oil and grease ends up clogging up our sinks and drains, jamming up pumps, and wreaking havoc at our sewage treatment works.

“And on Christmas Day, our teams are at work, cleaning out blocked drains and sewers to stop our customers from having sewer flooding ruining the big day.

“It’s easy to assume that the warm grease and fat left over from your Christmas dinner would be ok to dump down the sink, as long as you wash it down with a lot of hot soapy water.

“But the reality is that quite quickly the fat and grease will cool and solidify, build up and block the drain or sewer.

“So here’s some simple tips from us to make sure your sink doesn’t stop you from washing your veggies for Christmas dinner or from filling your kettle for a much needed cuppa after a day of shopping.”

• Rather than washing greasy pans in the sink, wipe them out with some kitchen roll, and put it in the bin. You can pour large amounts of left over cooking grease into a pot or jar with a lid, or into one of the free fat traps that we provide to our customers.

• Having sewage flooding inside your home due to clogged sinks or blocked drains is one of the most horrible things that can happen to you, and we don’t want our customers to suffer in this way, particularly at Christmas, as it’s entirely preventable.

• It’s not necessarily the people who put the wrong things down the sink and toilet that are affected. The blockage can happen further down the street, so what you do in your home can be causing a problem for your neighbours.”

If you do run into problems this Christmas, with either slow drains or a blocked sewer which is Severn Trent’s responsibility you can report it at or tweet the water company @stwater.

Teams both in the call centre, and those out and about, work all day, every day, so even on Christmas Day they’ll be available to help out with any problems customers might have.

Grant added: “But no-one wants to deal with a clogged sink or drain, especially over the holiday season.

“So while you’re cleaning up from your Christmas roast, spare a thought for your drains.”