The concept of a flushable product can be misleading. While an item might clear the toilet bowl, it may not break down as it travels through your plumbing. This can lead to backed-up toilets and clogged pipes. Avoid costly repairs by learning about the difference between flushable and non-flushable items. Take this advice from Mr. Plumber to better understand what is and isn’t recommended to flush.
All Clear if the Drain Clears?
It may come as a surprise that you might be misusing your toilet. Since the sewer line pipes leading out of your home are on average 4” in diameter, it does not take much to cause a clog. If members of your household continue to flush materials that don’t break down between flushes, the products can back up and clog your pipes.
Are Flushable Wipes Flushable?
Odd as it sounds, wipes advertised as ‘flushable’ should not be sent down the toilet. This is because wipes will not break down as fast as toilet paper and can cause major plumbing clogs farther down the system. In fact, flushable wipes are one of the major causes of sewer blockages in the U.S.
Test it for yourself: Place a wipe in a bowl of water and let it sit for an hour. Check on it, swirl it around even. Chances are, it didn’t dissolve in the water, and it won’t dissolve in your plumbing either.
Commonly Flushed Non-Flushables
Personal care and hygiene products span more than just toilet paper. While it’s easy to send these items down the toilet, resist the temptation. Here is a list of some commonly flushed items that are not meant to travel through your plumbing.
- Facial tissue
- Paper towels, napkins
- Kitty litter
- Female hygiene product
- Safety contraceptives
Flushing these items can clog your toilet and damage your pipes. Avoid costly plumbing repairs by tossing these items in the garbage after use.
What Can Be Flushed?
The Three P’s
So, when you’re debating whether to flush something, remember the three P’s: poo, pee and paper – toilet paper, that is. Bodily waste and toilet paper are the only things that are meant to be flushed. Any other bathroom or hygienic products should be disposed of in the trash.
Keep this in mind to keep your plumbing clog-free and your toilet free-flowing.
Is It Too Late?
If you’ve been habitually flushing non-flushables, stop right away. You can continue to use those products, just remember to toss them in the trash instead of sending them down the toilet. If you’re struggling with clogged pipes, reach out to a professional.
At Mr. Plumber, we’re here to help clear your clogged drains and get your plumbing back to normal.
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