In response to the 2020 pandemic, a toilet paper crisis erupted and affected more than half of the U.S. population. This crisis left some people flushing tissues, napkins, and even baby wipes (originally marketed as “flushable wet wipes for babies”) down drains.
However, it is essential to recognize that not all items advertised as “flushable” actually break up once they move out of sight from home plumbing and into the public sewer. Here are three things your toilet wishes you knew:
Wet Wipes Should Not Be Flushed
Although wet wipes are advertised as flushable, they can hang up in pipes and cause blockages. It’s essential that if you find yourself in a bind, not flush these wipes and dispose of them in the trash.
Wet wipes do not disintegrate and can be harmful to your toilet, causing a lot of damage. Therefore do not attempt to flush them.
All Paper Products Are Not Created Equal
If you happen to be in a pinch and need something to wipe with, it is essential that you do not use any paper products that are not made for sewer systems.
The following items should never be flushed down the toilet:
- Baby wipes
- Paper towels
- Cleaning wipes
- feminine products
It’s essential to note that these items do not break down in the water. They can block your plumbing and lead to a hefty repair bill.
Therefore, be aware of what you are flushing down your toilet at all times.
Your Toilet Is Not a Trash Can
While it may be tempting to get rid of old food or trash by flushing them down the toilet, this is not a good idea. Trash can piece together in sewers and lead to clogs.
Toilet paper breaks down quickly, making it easy for your plumbing system to flush. However, other items may take longer to break down.
Some other items to avoid flushing down the toilet include:
- Cigarette butts
- Cat litter
- Animal waste
- Anything else that isn’t toilet paper!
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