Your toilet may seem like the ultimate way to get rid of unwanted items. After all, it’s intended purpose is to flush away waste. However, if you, like most homeowners, would prefer your toilet continue working for years to come, there are several things that you should never flush down it. At Drain Genie, we’ve seen countless things caught in toilet drains that don’t belong there! Here’s a list of the most common things that you may think are okay, but definitely are not.
1. Tissues and Paper TowelsOur first item may surprise you. Tissues and paper towels seem so similar to toilet paper that many homeowners think they are flushable. However, the materials used to make tissues, paper towels, and similar products do not dissolve as easily as toilet paper does, so they are far more likely to clog your toilet.
2. Kitty LitterSeveral types of kitty litter is advertised as flushable. Although it may seem like a good way to get rid of the cat waste, it’s very bad for your plumbing. It will linger in your pipes as it refuses to dissolve easily, and interacts poorly with your sewer system. A better plan is to scoop the kitty litter chunks into disposable bags and discard them with your garbage.
3. Cotton Bathroom ProductsAnything made of cotton has no business being in the toilet. This includes cotton swabs, cotton balls, Q-tips, and any other cotton product. Cotton absorbs water, but does not break down easily, making it an enemy of sewer pipes.
Thanks to TV, many believe that flushing away pills is a dramatic and effective way to discard of unwanted or dangerous medication. However, chemicals from the medication will get into sewer systems and even groundwater, where they can do serious damage. If you have unwanted or expired medication, find a local medicine take-back program or grind them up to discard on trash day.
At Drain Genie, our professionals inspect the pipes, drains, and all other parts of plumbing systems for residential and commercial properties throughout the entire central Florida region. For all of your plumbing needs, contact us today at (407) 490-1230 and speak directly to John or one of his qualified crew members.