A clogged toilet is a frustrating (although common) home plumbing problem. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this issue from affecting your home — by knowing what you can and cannot flush! What many people do not realize is that flushing anything that isn’t toilet paper or waste is a no-no. In fact, even products that are marketed as flushable can be damaging to your drains!
Are you guilty of flushing any of these common household items? You’ll want to keep these far away from your drains!
Don’t Flush These Household Items:
- Diapers – Do you have a little bundle of joy in your home? Anyone with a baby knows that you go through a LOT of diapers. Be sure to keep these in the trash, or you’ll end up with a clogged toilet.
- Flushable Wipes – Despite popular belief, these wipes are actually not flushable. They commonly cause problems with clogs. Put them in the trash, instead.
- Prescription Medication – Drugs can destroy bacteria that is important for the health of your septic system. They can also contaminate groundwater.
- Dental Floss – It may be thin, but dental floss can wrap around other objects in your pipes, making tiny clogs even bigger.
- Cat Litter – Although the toilet is for waste, it is not for your pet’s waste, or their litter. Cat litter is made from clay and sand — materials that can clog your toilet drain.