No unauthorised dumping: what doesn’t belong in your toilet

Some of us use the toilet like a convenient alternative rubbish bin for ikky things that we don’t want hanging around in our regular bins or for products that we use in the bathroom area. One flush and the problem is gone! But is it really?

Ask any plumber and they’ll be able to tell you about times they’ve had to deal with some pretty unpleasant messes caused by item flotsams that should never have been flushed! Here’s a list of some things you should never flush.

Feminine products and wipes

Tampons, pads, baby-wipes, nappy liners, make-up removal wipes, and bathroom surface cleaning wipes aren’t designed to be flushed. They are strong, often synthetic products that don’t break down easily and can combine to create clogs in the sewage system. These clogs back-up sewage and can lead to some pretty potent and toxic (and costly to fix!) flooding in your home, community, and the environment.


Grease may look all lovely and liquidy when you’re pouring it down a drain or into your toilet, but as soon as it cools, it will congeal. Congealed grease can block pipes, or combine with the aforementioned wipes to create giant lumps called “fatbergs”. In 2013 a fatberg the size of a bus was discovered in London sewers! The best thing to do with grease is to collect it, let it cool, and then bin it.

Dental floss, cotton buds, and cotton balls

Like your dead goldfish, you might just want these used products to be gone. But, like wipes, they don’t break down and will clog up your pipes something savage.

Disposable nappies

In the event that you can actually get these to flush, they will most certainly clog up your u-bend.


Flushing old medications might seem safer than having them around the house, but the chemicals in these pills leach directly in your (and everyone else’s) water supply. Have a think before you flush, and help keep New Zealand’s land and water clean and fresh.

Hot and cold: home remedies to keep your pipes pleased

You’ll be amazed at how effective a few simple home remedies can be in maintaining healthy drains. You won’t be needing to constantly call on your Wellington plumber at PlumbSpec if you stay on top of drain cleaning with these tips and tricks.. Heating things up Boiling water goes a long way when it comes… Continue Reading

The benefits to becoming a plumber in Wellington

We have a position available for an experienced plumber, gasfitter and drainlayer available in Wellington right now. We’ve been super busy lately working on plumbing instillation and emergency plumbing jobs in Wellington lately, and we’re looking for a motivated, hardworking, honest individual to join our tight team her in our cool little Capital.  Becoming a Wellington… Continue Reading

Types and Styles of Toilets

The team at Plumbspec get asked a lot of questions by clients regarding toilets: what are the different types, what are their benefits, and how will they work in your home? To help you get a better understanding, we’ve worked to find an article (original found here by My Plumbing) that will explain everything you… Continue Reading

Severe weather: the damage Debbie is doing on your drains

Australia’s evil ex ‘Debbie’ has taken up residence in New Zealand this week, and the effects have been pretty chaotic. While we generally expect a decent amount of rainfall in the Autumn/Winter months, an ex-cyclone has given us a lot more than we bargained for. This blog will inform you about severe weather and the… Continue Reading

Plumbing Emergency Guide for Wellingtonians

A Wellington plumbing emergency can get ugly fast – faster than you can say ‘Plumbspec’. With water rushing through your pipes at alarming rates, a burst pipe or overflowing toilet could see your stuff soaked in a matter of seconds! Unfortunately for homeowners and tenants, a plumbing emergency in Wellington will require immediate action without… Continue Reading

Trade talks: an interview with a plumber (continued)

Trade talks: an interview with a plumber (continued)

Trusting a tradesman has been an obstacle for folks who experience a plumbing emergency in Wellington. Calling on an experienced plumber in the Wellington region can be a daunting task: especially when you need to be able to confidently rely on said Wellington plumber or gasfitter to rescue your home from a burst pipe, blocked… Continue Reading

Trade talks: an interview with a plumber

Trade talks: an interview with a plumber

When you begin the skeptical search for a Wellington plumber, you’re probably expecting the worst. Shows like target and horror stories we see shared around Facebook community shine a poor light on the plumbing trade: unfortunately, the honest kiwi plumber will be effected by this negativity.  We have an article to share with you this… Continue Reading

Bathroom reno: tips and tricks (part two)

Like all hard working kiwis, we love a DIY project to sink our teeth into over the summer holidays. Last month we started you off with an intro to bathroom renovation. This week we will be continuing our renovating tips and tricks to help you get the best out of your brand new bathroom this… Continue Reading

Bring on summer property sales with these brilliant bathroom reno tips

Nothing sells a home like a freshly installed bathroom. The property market is heating up over summer, so now’s your chance to get one up on the other Wellington properties by installing a beautiful new bathroom into your home. Before you get stuck in, there are a few important factors to consider, ranging from the… Continue Reading

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