Watch What You Flush

Once in a while, a child may flush something down the toilet, which can be difficult to deal with. You may not know anything was flushed until you go to the bathroom and the toilet starts backing up.

This results in a clogged toilet that needs to be unclogged. Perhaps you tried using a drain snake or you took the toilet off of the floor to find what was clogging it and you didn’t find the problem. If so, you are in need of someone who can help you rectify the problem without breaking something.

A child’s toy is just an example of what not to flush, although you really don’t have a lot of control over when Junior decides to see if the toy car will swim or if the toilet water will become bubbly when the bar of soap is thrown in.

What you do have control over are the following:

  • Baby wipes – Baby wipes have caused their fair share of issues. They have clogged toilets, caused septic systems to malfunction, and they are being pulled out of sewage pumps on a daily basis.
  • Feminine products – Not all are flushable, which is why you should not flush them. Some belong in the trash.
  • Napkins, paper towels, etc. – Toilet paper is made to degrade after being flushed, but napkins and paper towels are not because they are not made to be flushed down a toilet; they are made to be thrown in the trash.

These are just some of the items you shouldn’t flush. It has also been said in recent years that medications should not be flushed down the toilet either. While pills are small, they can actually contaminate drinking water. Research found that not all medications are cleaned out of the water at water treatment plans, revealing that anti-depressants, narcotic painkillers, and many others have been found in trace amounts in drinking water.

So it goes to say that only what belongs in a toilet should go down it. Anything else could be a major issue for you or for others.