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Don’t block it, just use TP

Friday, 27th March, 2020

John and Cathy Lehmann Plumbing’s (from left) Hagen Grose, John Lehmann and Saxon Grose, keeping their 1.5m distance between each other. The business is still working as per usual but Mr Lehmann has stressed to the community not to make it unnecessarily difficult for them by flushing items other than toilet paper down the toilet. PICTURE: Callum Marshall John and Cathy Lehmann Plumbing’s (from left) Hagen Grose, John Lehmann and Saxon Grose, keeping their 1.5m distance between each other. The business is still working as per usual but Mr Lehmann has stressed to the community not to make it unnecessarily difficult for them by flushing items other than toilet paper down the toilet. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

With toilet paper flying off the supermarket shelves, a local plumber has reminded the community not to flush similar items down the toilet if you’re out of toilet paper

John Lehmann, of John and Cathy Lehmann Plumbing, said the issue wasn’t a problem in Broken Hill yet but warned the community to not clog up the town’s pipes with items such as newspaper, tissues or rags instead. 

The issue was another reminder to not hoard toilet paper, he highlighted.

“I went to the Plaza the other day and there were six rolls there, that was at 8am,” he said.

“And they unloaded the truck there at 6am or 7am or whenever it was, and they just went, ‘bang’, straight away.

“There’s a full aisle just empty all the time.

“It (clogging issues due to other items) probably hasn’t started here but it will start with no one having toilet paper.”

At the moment, said Mr Lehmann, the work was still normal though.

“Yeah nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing to do with the virus,” he said.

“But I was speaking to the girls at Reece’s (Plumbing) about if the toilet paper rush still goes ahead and people haven’t got toilet paper, there are special seats you can buy for your toilet to wash yourself and dry yourself.

“But they are expensive. They’re about $600 a seat.

“Or you put in a bidet or something like that or use other alternatives like sponge rags or whatever else. 

“It just depends how long this thing goes on for, too.”

But don’t flush other items down the toilet, he stressed.

“Newspaper doesn’t break down either, so that’ll be hard going down the sewer mains where the toilet paper does (go),” said Mr Lehmann.

“The whole sewer system is old here, there’s old pipe through most of the town, and it’ll (newspaper, tissues etc.) just clog up straight away.

“A young bloke called Adam Judd does all the blockages for me and he’d be working 24/7 to get them all unblocked once they start doing this sort of stuff.

“So don’t do that. Just get toilet paper when you can.”

For the time being, he said, the business would still be operating.

“We’re still working, hopefully we’ll keep working because we are a necessity,” he said.

“But all the other stuff like the pubs, clubs, some shops, cafes. It’s going to dry up a bit, a lot.

“We’ll just keep going, that’s all you can do.”

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