Damage caused by blocked sewers is being highlighted by a utility company, as it urges people to be careful about what they flush down the toilet.
Northumbrian Water says it has cleared almost 10,000 blockages across its sewer network so far this year.
One of the main causes is wet wipes and plastic, which can also end up in rivers or the sea, leading to pollution.
Richard Warneford, from Northumbrian Water, said: "Despite wet wipes being promoted as ‘flushable' they rarely are, as they may leave your toilet bowl when flushed but can clog up householders' plumbing and can also cause blockages in our network of sewer pipes.
"Blockages can have devastating consequences to people's homes being flooded and the environment being polluted, which is so saddening to see."