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Baby Wipes & 7 Other Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet

Ask any plumber and they will tell you that people often flush things down the toilet that really should not be flushed. They’ve cleared enough clogs from toilet drain pipes to know the worst things that people flush. Save yourself the plumbing bill by never flushing any of the following things down your toilet.

Can You Flush Baby Wipes Down The Toilet?

Technically yes, but you shouldn’t. While you can flush them, baby wipes and other flushable wipes are going to cause clogs, if not in your drain pipe, then in the sewer line or at your municipal wastewater treatment plant. Many wipes simply do not disintegrate quickly enough to prevent clogs and backed-up sewer lines. Even though baby wipes, wet wipes, and cleaning wipes are often marketed as “flushable”, many of them are only flushable in the same way that a t-shirt or towel is flushable.

7 Other Things You Should Never Flush

In addition to “flushable” wipes, here are some other things you should never flush down the toilet.

  • 1. Paper Towels - After wiping up a mess in the bathroom, tossing a paper towel in the toilet might seem like an easy way to get rid of it. But consider those paper towel commercials that boast about how strong and absorbent their paper towels are. There are your top two reasons not to flush them!
  • 2. Feminine hygiene products - Would you believe there’s a good reason why public bathrooms often have signs telling you not to flush feminine hygiene products down the toilet? Tampons and pads are designed to be ultra-absorbent and they expand as they get wet. You don’t want them expanding in your drain pipe.
  • 3. Condoms - Condoms are what plumbers least like to pull out of the toilet drain. Latex prophylactics take years to degrade and even if they get through your drain pipe, they will cause issues in your city’s wastewater treatment system.
  • 4. Floss - Long strands of floss can wrap around other things, creating string balls that can create clogs by collecting more “solids.”
  • 5. Cotton Swabs - Throw used cotton swabs in the garbage because if flushed they will get jammed in the drain pipe and then act like a little dam, blocking other things from continuing down the drain.
  • 6. Hair - When you pull those clumps of hair out of your brush, toss them in the trash, not in the toilet. Hair does not dissolve and will worsen any little blockage in the drain pipe.
  • 7. Too much toilet paper - The problem with thicker, multi-ply, plush toilet paper is that it does take a bit longer to dissolve. If you have to use a lot of it, flush a couple of times rather than sending it all down at once.

What To Do If You Have Already Flushed These Items

If your drains are still good, count yourself lucky and stop flushing these things down the toilet. However, if it’s too late and you know you have flushed some of these things down your toilet, call a plumber if the toilet is not draining properly. All American Home Service can come and inspect your drains for any clogs and provide any necessary repairs. Call today to schedule an appointment.

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