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What Is Flushable And What Is Not?

September 7, 2023 | Blog

When you dispose of waste, the toilet is the best way to get rid of it in a second. However, it should not be seen as an underwater trash can. Items such as Kleenex, cotton balls and even your pet fish should not go down the toilet because you’ll end up with a clogged commode.

Don’t be a fish out of water when it comes to flushable waste! Our professional plumbing team at Southern Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing have seen the messiest of plumbing problems and are able to help you with clogged pipes.

Let’s go through what’s flushable and what isn’t!

Keeping Your Drains Clean

When people say “go with the flow,” they typically mean to let things happen naturally. With your drains, this also applies! Putting unnecessary debris down the drain can back up supply, and in due time, it can cause a leak in your plumbing.

When your drains are clean, they let water go freely out of your home and through the sewer system in your city. When you flush the toilet, it gives human waste somewhere to go – when your toilet begins to back up, it causes a smelly and messy situation. We at Southern Air can help you keep these drains clean when it becomes too much to handle.

Even when you clean your toilet, bleach should never go down the toilet because it is too harsh of a chemical for your septic system. Opt for a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda to help scrub the bowl and relieve your septic system.

Flushable Isn’t Really Flushable!

Recently, there have been products that are advertised as “flushable.” These wipes, which are used in many ways, are actually not flushable because they can get clogged in your pipes. Instead, put them in a waste basket and throw them in the trash.

In a pinch, you may use a facial tissue or paper towel in lieu of toilet paper. These papers are different from each other – toilet paper dissolves in water, while facial tissues and paper towels are made to absorb water and will not dissolve. Even too much toilet paper can cause back-up issues, so when you need to go, only use what’s necessary.

Remember The 3 P’s

When it comes to flushing the toilet, you should keep the three P’s in mind. The 3 P’s include pee, poop, and (toilet) paper. This is just enough that your drains can take since most only are about 4 inches in diameter. That’s about four quarters lined up next to each other!

Most things that people tend to flush down the drain are water absorbers – here’s a list of items not to throw in the toilet.

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Cotton balls and Q-tips
  • Medication
  • Baby wipes
  • Anything “flushable” that isn’t toilet paper

Keeping the three P’s in mind will help avoid a messy plumbing disaster. Our services will keep your pipes clean as well as maintain good air quality. When your toilet is backed up, bacteria from human waste can linger, making you sick.

We’ll Help Drain Your Worries Down The Drain

Homeowners use their toilets multiple times a day and tend to take them for granted. When a flush goes bad and your drain becomes clogged, give the experts at Southern Air a call! Our team will do the dirty work so you don’t have to.

We’re your plumbing experts in the Baton Rouge area – schedule an appointment with us today to help clear your toilet!

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