The Great Flush Debate Part 1

Toilets are the unsung hero of the modern world. Indeed, that porcelain throne works day-in and day-out to ensure you enjoy a clean, healthy home. Often, most people don’t give a second thought towards their lavatory until some degree of emergency plumbing needs to happen. Although issues can arise from a number of factors, many times we perform rooter services to unclog a blockage due to inappropriate items being flushed. Outside of human waste and toilet paper, your home sewer system should be transporting very little. Even the smallest debris can have massive consequences. Some common items that you should not be sending with your goldfish include:

What Not to Flush Down Your Toilet

  • Most towelettes. This is the top culprit in any plumber’s world. Many bathroom wipe companies claim that their products can be flushed like toilet paper with no consequences. False. Nationwide, plumbing companies are coming forward with complaints about these wipes. The lack of degradation amongst these products is the main cause for an armada of plumbing issues. The financial impact of all of these repair services is massive. Our advice? Simply avoid flushing the wet wipes.
  • Paper towels. A common household tool, paper towels service as another leading cause of sewer cleaning needs. People cleaning the restroom with these disposable rags are prone to simply flushing them away. However, paper towels do not degrade like toilet paper when introduced to water. Flushing these guys can cause dramatic consequences for your home’s plumbing.
  • Cotton products. Mostly consisting of cotton balls and swabs, this material can become a sticky mess when introduced to your sewer pipes. In any number, cotton products can combine and attach to other items, resulting in major clogs. Simply making sure your cotton swabs make it to the trash can go a long way in preserving your plumbing and bank account.
  • Band-aids. Despite being small and flexible, these first-aid products can wreak havoc on your pipes, causing yet more sewer repair. Non-degradable plastics are to blame for this simple, dangerous item. Flushing band-aids is harmful to both your system and the environment.

Next week, we’ll look at some more common items that definitely should avoid your toilet. Experiencing plumbing issues can be a stressful and sometimes traumatic time for people. Mr. Sewer Rooter is here to alleviate this problem with professional plumbing services. We have been performing sewer cleaning services in Los Angeles since 1990. This means that we’ve seen it all in the flushing department. Contact us today if you’re reading this a little too late and need a sewer rooter session!

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