Although we know there are certain things that shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet, it doesn’t stop a few items making their way down those plumbing pipes. This article discusses 5 things never to flush down the toilet.
You may think there’s no harm flushing the odd unusual item down the toilet however there are solid reasons that certain things shouldn’t be flushed!
By ensuring these items avoid your toilet you should be able to keep your pipes clog free.
5 things never to flush
Hair. Don’t even think about putting that bundle of hair you’ve removed from your hairbrush down the toilet! Hair very easily and quickly gets tangled with other un-flushable items in sewer pipes and can be one of the main culprits of blockages.
Baby wipes. Baby wipes and make up removal wipes should never be flushed, even the ones that say flushable! They do not break down at the same ate as toilet paper and can easily get wrapped up with other items in pipes.
Dental floss. Dental floss plus items like hair and baby wipes are a recipe for disaster! The floss will quickly wrap around other items, tangle and create a bundle of blockage.
Chemicals. Chemicals such as out of date or no-longer-medication can turn toxic and cause harm to the environment when they break down in the sewer system. They should be thrown in the bin or returned to the pharmacy to recycle appropriately.
Sanitary products and nappies. Sanitary items such as tampons, pads and nappies should never be flushed down the toilet. They are designed to absorb water rather than break down in it. They will continue to expand as they are flushed and can potentially clog your pipes in no time at all.
The only things that should be flushed are human waste and toilet paper. Keep a waste bin handy in your bathroom so you can easily dispose of un-flushable items.
The basic rule of flushing – don’t use your toilet as a bin!