Most homeowners would likely agree that a clogged toilet is a major inconvenience especially if there is only one bathroom in the home. However, some people do not realize that some of their day-to-day actions lead to them experiencing this type of plumbing issue. There are certain things that should not go down drains nor be flushed down toilets. Some of these things may seem harmless. You may even be able to flush them on a few occasions without any obvious issues. Eventually, your bad habits may result in you needing to call a professional to clear the clog. The following are a few things that you should avoid flushing down your toilet.
Food and Grease
This may seem like a "no-brainer" to many individuals. However, some individuals make the mistake of flushing food and cooking grease down their toilets. They mistakenly assume that since toilet paper and human waste flush without any issues that food and grease are also harmless. Grease and food can accumulate in drain lines and get stuck resulting in clogs. Some types of grease may solidify in your plumbing system and build-up over time.
The advertising for these products misleads some people to think that they are safe to use in all homes. Some plumbing systems cannot handle flushable wipes, which could lead to blockages in the plumbing systems. Dispose of all wipes in a wastebasket to avoid problems.
People may throw paper towels in toilets because they view the paper towels as having a strong resemblance to toilet tissue. However, paper towels are thicker and are not intended to be flushed. Imagine wads of paper towels getting trapped in your drain lines due to you flushing them down your toilet. Throw used paper towels in the trash, and if you have an emergency and need to use paper towels in place of tissue, ensure that you throw the paper towel waste in a trash receptacle.
Some people assume that chewing gum is safe to flush. The issue with flushing gum is that it may get stuck in the pipes and other components of your plumbing system.
A plumber, such as from First Class Plumbing LLC, is a good resource to use to determine additional items and substances that need to be thrown in the trash rather than flushed down your toilet(s). If you experience frequent clogging issues, they can determine if something else is the cause. For example, your clogged toilet(s) may be due to a drain issue such as tree roots growing in your drain line.