What Not to Flush

When it comes to the types of things that can be put down the toilet, if you have to ask yourself, “should this be flushed?”, then the answer is almost always a resounding NO. Basically, the only things that should ever go down your toilet are toilet tissue and human waste.

What Types of Things Do Not Belong in Your Toilet?

There are several things that people think can be flushed, but most definitely shouldn’t be. Some of the most common things people flush down the toilet that usually results in calling our drain cleaning experts include:

  • Feminine hygiene products and/or tampons
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Hair
  • Fingernails
  • Baby wipes
  • Fat and grease
  • Makeup
  • Food waste

Why is Toilet Paper the Only Thing I Should Flush?

Toilets and the sewer/septic systems that they are attached to are only designed to handle toilet paper and human waste. Even other paper products are not intended to break down as entirely as toilet paper when exposed to water, and can, therefore, cause severe clogs and issues. In addition to the narrow pipes that the broken down waste and toilet paper need to be able to traverse, these materials will have to sit in the sewer or septic system to break down further. Materials other than waste and toilet paper are just simply not designed to be stored in this way.

Flushing things that don’t belong in a toilet can cause serious problems with your drainage system. Basically, when you flush something that can’t be flushed, you can create significant clogs throughout your entire sewer system. Flushing non-flushable things can also damage septic tanks and/or your main sewer line as well.

The Bottom Line of What Goes in the Toilet

The bottom line? Only put waste and specifically designed toilet tissue paper into your toilet. Period. Even things that say they are “flushable” on their packaging shouldn’t be flushed.

If you have flushed things down your toilet that shouldn’t be flushed, then please contact the Domco Plumbing team of drain cleaning professionals ASAP.