We all utilize the toilet every day. And not just for human waste. In our experience, individuals utilize the toilet as a trash disposal. You could not imagine the important things that we have cleared out of toilets; from mobile phone and charge card to children’s toys and crumpled up paper, we have actually seen it all.
We understand, it is tempting to flush nearly anything down the toilet. It’s like a great void; just dump, flush, and it’s gone– out of sight from mind. To do this, nevertheless, is to run the risk of damaging septic systems and city wastewater treatment centers, along with triggering poisonous environmental pollution and the humiliation that comes with your plumbing technician discovering the reason for the problem. Individuals don’t think about this up until one day they have a substantial blockage or septic system problem and need to invest lots of money to repair it.
What NOT to Flush Down the Toilet
To help you save embarrassment, thousands of dollars in expensive pipes repairs, and avoid contaminating the environment, pay attention to this list of things that you must never, EVER, flush down the toilet:
1. Feminine Products
Tampons and other womanly health products are not supposed to be flushed down the toilet.
2. Cooking Grease/Food
Grease ought to never be poured down any drain, period. It may look like a liquid that can quickly be disposed down a drain, however when it cools, it will cake and block your pipes. Collect your grease in a glass container and throw it in the garbage, or conserve the grease and recycle it, specifically bacon grease … mmmm.
3. Child Wipes/Wet Wipes/Cleaning Pads
These “adult child wipes” are becoming progressively popular nowadays. They are likewise increasingly triggering clogs and backups in sewage pipelines throughout the country. Although some of these brands might state they are flushable on the box, there are groups that are revising the standards, so quickly all wet wipes will have an obvious DO NOT FLUSH symbol on the packaging. If you need to use these, toss them away in the trash bin. Keep one near the toilet. Flushing wet wipes can easily become a pricey mistake when you have to call a plumber to snake your toilet.
Floss is not biodegradable and can cause major blockages and environmental damage.
5. Q-tips/Cotton Balls
You might believe that cotton will break down, since some toilet paper is made from cotton linen (Cottonelle/Cottonsoft), however they do not! They will clump together, causing stoppages at bends in the pipes.
Just because there is human waste inside does not suggest that they are OKAY to flush. Diapers are made to expand in water. In the not likely case you actually get the diaper to flush, it will likely get captured in the U-bend of the pipe.
You may think it is a smart idea to put pills out of damage’s way, but you are most likely doing more harm than great by flushing them. They have toxic impacts on groundwater materials and wildlife. There are numerous community-based “reclaim you medications programs.” On September 27th, the DEA will be heading a “National Take-Back Day.” There will be numerous collection sites throughout Delaware on this day. Areas can be discovered here.
8. Paper Towels/Tissues
If you truly want to conserve money and help the environment, you will use washable cloths and rags, but if you have to use paper towels, throw them in the garbage, not the toilet. Tissues and paper towels are not made to liquify like toilet tissue; throw them in the trash.
9. Cigarette Butts
Exactly what a waste of water! Each flush uses up to 3 gallons. They look gross drifting in the water and they have plenty of poisonous chemicals that end up going straight into the groundwater supply. If you have to smoke, toss the butts away effectively.
Exactly what does that leave? Very little! Human excrement and regular bathroom tissue are the only things you must flush down your toilet.
Even the really thick and luxurious toilet paper can often be extremely difficult to break down. A courtesy flush is sometimes needed to prevent blocking the drain. We love Charmin Ultra too, but be conservative with your toilet paper usage.
Don’t think that you are saving water or cash by stuffing as much waste into the toilet before you actually flush. Having a plumbing professional drive to your home to fix a costly repair work is much worse, for your wallet and the environment. Single-ply toilet, 100% recycled paper, is best.
Regardless of all the precautions you take, you may still experience pipes problems. Things just occur in some cases.