Reader Comments

Rise in plumber call outs blamed on Australia toilet paper shortage

by Brain Camidge (2021-04-20)


The number of blocked toilets and sewer pipes has increased significantly over the past month with a nation-wide shortage of toilet paper being blamed for the issue.

Recent panic-buying sparked by the coronavirus crisis, has left supermarket shelves in Australia bare of the product.

This predicament has led to desperate bathroom-goers seeking imaginative alternatives such as nappy wipes, kitchen paper towels and even old T-shirts.

The deadly coronavirus has sparked a recent wave of panic-buying which has resulted in a nation-wide shortage of toilet paper

Desperate bathroom-goers using imaginative alternatives such as nappy wipes, kitchen paper towels and even old t-shirts

The problem of course, is that these items don't always flush and often or get stuck in the pipes.

As a result, the number of call outs to plumbers has increased by 68 percent.

Describing the situation as a 's**t show' Jeremy Levitt, the CEO of Australia's Australia's leading online tradie website ServiceSeeking.com. If you loved this information and you would such as to receive even more info relating to At Champion Plumbing kindly see our website. au said, the company have now set up a special web page to deal with the influx of demand.

'It might not be business as usual, but you can still hire a plumber or any tradie to get jobs done, subject to taking the necessary precautions,' he said.

'With people in lockdown, toilets in particular are copping a real beating and plumbers are in high demand.'

RELATED ARTICLES



Share this article
Share


According to the Manager of Sydney Water's Customer Hub Darren Cash, the solution is simple: 'if it's not poo, pee or paper, don't flush it'.

'The build-up of wet wipes, facial tissues and paper towels along with fats, oils and grease which people pour down the drain can cause blockages and what we call fatbergs, which can result in overflows into local waterways and homes,' he said.

'Even though wet wipes might state that they are flushable on their packaging, the reality is that they don't break down. And even though facial tissues might be made from fine materials, they also don't break down.

'If people are forced to use alternatives to toilet paper they should dispose of it in the bin.'

Fatbergs are caused by the build-up of wet wipes, facial tissues and paper towels along with the fats, oils and grease that are poured down the drain