Did you know that certain things shouldn’t be flushed down a toilet? While flushing is an everyday occurrence for most people, not everyone knows what should and shouldn’t go down. For example, if you are thinking about getting rid of your old grease by pouring it down your drain or toilet, stop right there! These 10 things should never be flushed down a toilet, especially if you are a homeowner with a Septic System!
#1. It’s easy to see why things like pharmaceuticals or adult products need special attention. But why would you want to avoid throwing food in your toilet? As it turns out, food can clog drains and create problems for your plumbing.
#2. If you haven’t noticed yet, paper towels and wipes are not meant for your toilet.
#3. Think twice before flushing items such as feminine products, cotton balls, q-tips, or any other type of material that might clog your pipes and cause a problem in your home.
#4. Have you ever flushed dental floss, or any other type of string down your toilet? While it might work for a second or two, eventually these items will clog your pipes and make things more difficult than they need to be.
#5. You should never flush leftover food down your toilet. Instead, take out your trash or use a composting bin for all food waste.
#6. Similar to dental floss, hair forms a sort of net when you flush it down the drain and gets caught in your pipes. Additionally, hair never dissolves so it creates more risk for clogging your system.
#7. Flushing gum down the toilet is a big no-no – it’s sticky and insoluble and will certainly aide in clogging your system.
#8. Although you’ve seen it in the movies that all water leads to the ocean, you should not flush your fish down the toilet. Fish don’t break down in water.
#9. Bleach is way too harsh of a chemical to go into your septic system. If you’re used to cleaning your toilet with bleach, switch to vinegar instead.
#10. Pet Poo. Unlike human poo, pet poo can contain grasses, hair and rawhide that can clog and cause other problems with your septic.