The Crack - Taking flushed Lego to new heights28 November 2016
Some children just love to flush. If it’s Lego they’re flushing, they may have contributed to a world record.
British insurance company Direct Line reports that 2.5 million Lego bricks have been flushed down the toilet by children under the age of 10. To put that into perspective, that’s a Lego tower over 100 meters tall – three times the current world record of 35.05 metres, using an estimated 550,000 blocks.
We’ve all felt the pain of stepping on a stray piece of Lego, but that’s nothing compared with the potential pain to our wallets. Flushed Lego – and other household items – can rack up a hefty plumbing bill through blockages and damage to pipes.
Lego bricks are only half your worry.
Other children’s toys enjoying sewer swims include nearly 4.3 million Barbie and Bratz dolls, 4.2 million pens and crayons and 3.3 million puzzle and game pieces. Perhaps more worrying, are the 3.5 million credit cards, 3.9 million keys and a terrifying 3 million mobile phones. That’s a lot of flushing!
Want to avoid your drains being clogged with Barbie heads and Lego bricks? Install a lid lock on the loo, it will save you a right pain in the you-know-what down the line.