In an earlier blog, we went through particular items that you should never wash down the sink. Today, we’ll be having a look at what not to flush down the toilet. There are many problems that can occur if the wrong thing is flushed down the toilet – some of which can cause serious problems for your plumbing. To avoid having a Templestowe plumber come out, here are 11 things that you should never flush down your toilet.
1. Menstrual products
Tampons, pads and other feminine products are not designed to be flushed down the toilet and can cause a blockage. The reason for this is that they’re products designed to absorb liquid, so putting them down the toilet will just make them expand more – not break down – and this can cause serious problems for your plumbing.
2. Baby wipes
Baby wipes should be thrown away in a rubbish bin and not flushed down the toilet. Even those brands that claim their wipes are “flushable” have been found to not break-down in the same way that toilet paper does, still making them unsuitable for flushing.
3. Q-tips and other cotton products
These types of cotton products don’t break down when flushed and will end up just piling together in your pipes. This can lead to blockage and – in serious cases – pipe ruptures if the pressure build-up becomes too much.
This should seem like an obvious one, the sheer size of the diapers alone should make you think that you can’t physically flush one down the toilet. But, on the off chance one does go down, it’ll just block up your pipes. Diapers absorb liquid – just like menstrual products – meaning they’ll expand and not break-down.
5. Condoms and other latex products
The reason behind this is that condoms are not biodegradable in the slightest. This one is more of an environmental red flag as they probably won’t affect your plumbing. The same applies to other latex products such as gloves.
6. Dental floss
Dental floss can clog your pipes and also cause environmental damage as it’s not biodegradable. On top of this, however, after you flush dental floss it will turn into a net and end up catching other debris. This debris will eventually build-up which can cause more serious problems like pipe ruptures.
7. Tissues and paper towelettes
There’s a reason we use toilet paper specifically for what we do and not other products like tissues and paper towelettes. So, contrary to what you might think, these products are not actually biodegradable like toilet paper is and should not be used as an alternative or ever flushed down the sink. These products belong in a waste bin.
8. Kitty litter
Kitty litter, even the supposed “flushable” brands, is not meant to be disposed of down the toilet. The majority of toilets don’t actually use a sufficient amount of water to move the litter along your pipes properly. This essentially just adds more unnecessary things to the water – making it harder to purify. Cat waste should also not be disposed of in the toilet as toilets are not designed to flush dehydrated waste.
Hair will never dissolve in water and – like dental floss – will form a net that will only become stronger over time. It will get caught everything and build-up cause a multitude of plumbing problems.
10. Chewing gum
Chewing gum is sticky – as I’m sure you know – and will stick to the inside of your pipes, leading to plumbing issues. It also doesn’t break down in the water – at all. Stick to rubbish bins for chewing gum to avoid any issues.
This is an important one because it can lead to many environmental issues with long-term ramifications. The chemicals within medication will not break down properly and instead just spread through groundwater, spreading toxins throughout the environment. If you need to dispose of medication for whatever reason, you should consider returning them to your pharmacy.
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