When you think about it, a toilet is just a giant controlled drain. You control the drain function by pushing the handle to activate it. This is unlike floor drains, sewer drains, and even sink and tub drains that just take water away automatically. But toilets are made to have a specific purpose, and although you may think that anything put into a toilet will be easily flushed away, there are certain things that should never go down the toilet. If they do, you could have some major plumbing repairs for the effort. Here are some of the worst things that should never go down the toilet.
- Diapers. These are the best drain blockers ever made, and if you want to keep your toilet flushing without a problem, never flush them down the toilet. Always dispose of them properly.
- Tampons and sanitary napkins. These might seem to be small enough to flush, but their cotton composition means that the thread could get hung up somewhere in the drain, and once that happens, a clog is sure to follow.
- Dryer sheets. Although they can and will cause clogs, most importantly, they are loaded with chemicals that should not be flushed into the water system. Throw these away when they are used up, and keep them out of the toilet.
- Floss. Seems harmless doesn’t it? But floss is really just a piece of thread waiting to tangle and get hung up somewhere down the drain. After that, problems.
- Scrubbee pads. Once again, great for cleaning but all of the fibers make them great at clogging too.
- Cigarette and cigar butts. Flushing these down the toilet is not one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do for the water supply.
If you use your toilet for what it was meant for, the chances are you’ll rarely ever have any problems or the high cost of a service call after you flush the wrong thing.
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