Coronavirus and Toilet Paper Shortages

During the Covid-19 Global Health Pandemic and recent toilet paper shortages in Australia, we calmly remind you to please:

ONLY flush the three P's - Pee, Poo and (toilet) Paper.

For the health of our Plumbing systems, do not  flush any of the following items down your toilets. These items do not break down like toilet paper does, and causes significant blockages, either in your own toilet, drains and even your back yard, to further down the line in South East Queensland's sewers:

  • Facial tissues
  • Kitchen paper
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes 
  • Make up wipes 
  • Wet wipes
  • Antibacterial cleaning wipes
  • Nappys 
  • Female sanitary items: tampons and pads
  • Paper
  • Plastic and plastic bags 
  • Food items
  • Condoms
  • Rags, fabric and reusable toilet paper

These items should be placed in rubbish bins. 

Plumbers are benefitting from hysteria around toilet paper - aka 'White Gold'!

The shortfall of your favourite toilet paper during #ToiletPaperGate has seen a significant increase in the use of wet wipes being utilised as an alternative, and Plumbers are rubbing their hands together...

Mick Bradley

RTL Trades General Manager & Plumber by Trade

The number of blocked drains we have attended to in the last 2 weeks has absolutely skyrocketed and it is 100% due to an increase in the use of wet wipes causing issues in sanitary drainage systems.


Regardless of what it says on the packet, these wet wipes take forever to breakdown and any underlying issues that you may not be aware of in your drain such as tree roots or cracked or broken pipes cause the tougher than toilet paper wipes to catch and stay put until a full on blockage occurs and you have got sewerage running across your back yard or even worse, through your carpark or house...


If you are mass purchasing toilet paper - please stop, there’s no need for it at all. Most manufacturers of the products you’re buying off the shelf locally are here in Australia and they have assured the public there will not be a shortfall so chill out and stop panic purchasing.


Secondly, refrain from reverting to wet wipes to handle your business. The untold damage you may cause to your drainage system can reach well in to the thousands of dollars to repair. At a minimum you will be looking at a cost of approx. $400-$500 to have the drain cleared and a camera inspection carried out. There are alternatives, please try to use them and save yourself some money in the process.

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