When people go through the trouble of a clogged toilet or sewer line, they start to think about how to prevent plumbing problems. At Raymark Plumbing and Sewer, we see the types of materials that wind up clogging toilets and causing other plumbing system issues. If you’re looking to help keep your plumbing system operating effectively and to avoid inconvenient breakdowns, take a mental note of these ten items that should never be flushed down your toilet in Seattle.
10 Items That You Should Never Flush Down Your Seattle Toilet
- Food – Our Seattle plumbers aren’t sure why food is in the bathroom to begin with, but we do know that it is the cause of many clogged toilets. Make sure that your little ones know that the toilet bowl is not the place for cheerios and sandwich crusts!
- Cotton Balls – Many people don’t think twice about dropping these little white balls of fluff into the toilet bowl, but the truth is cotton balls can band together in your plumbing pipes and cause a major clog.
- Paper Towels – These big, thick papers have no place in the toilet. They simply can’t break down quickly like toilet paper and are likely to cause a clog. Keep a wastepaper basket handy for easy disposal.
- Feminine Hygiene Products – Of course the manufacturers would rather not tell the public that tampons should not be flushed. Because they are absorbent and take a while to break down, waste treatment facilities are forced to filter them out and deliver them to landfills.
- Wipes – Both baby wipes and so-called “flushable” wipes should not be flushed down the toilet. These wipes can cause toilet and sewer line clogs and, like tampons, will eventually need to be filtered out and disposed of properly.
- Diapers – We know they’re smelly and you want them gone ASAP, but they cause serious toilet clogs, and unless you want to add mopping up toilet water to your list of things to do, you should really just throw them in the trash.
- Kitty Litter – Kitty litter is designed to clump, and there’s nothing stopping it from clumping up inside your plumbing pipes.
- Medications – These may or may not clog your toilet, but they definitively cause other problems when flushed. Mainly, they are detrimental to Seattle water quality and can harm local wildlife.
- Cigarette Butts – Unhealthy chemicals in cigarette butts seep out into the water supply.
- Prophylactics – These are likely to clog your toilet and it can be embarrassing when they pop back up into your toilet bowl.
Help your environment, your city, and your home’s plumbing system by being careful about what you flush down your toilet. Teach your kids about what not to flush and keep a garbage can handy for all the unflushables! For help with toilet clogs, sewer line backups, and for other plumbing services in Seattle, give Raymark Plumbing a call!