To Drain, or Not To Drain? Part 1

We’ve all had those moments. You know, the ones where you think, “Is this flushable?” “Can my garburator handle this?” “Will my floor drain suffice?” If you’ve thought about this, you’re not the only one. There are times everyone may need to second guess the power of their plumbing system. Here at Water Heater Rescue we understand those thoughts, but we’re also here to help put them at ease. Here are a few tips on what you should & shouldn’t flush, pour, or drop down your sink. The worst kind of thing to think with plumbing is “Out of sight, out of mind!” But that’s not the way to go, because eventually you might see a lot more than you want to.

The toilet:

The toilet is one of the most used plumbing items in your home, if not the most. Most toilets can handle a lot, which is why they tend to last so long. But they also should be treated with care to ensure that you get the most out of them. Just because your toilet can make it disappear out of your sight doesn’t mean it doesn’t leave your pipes! Here are some of the things you most definitely should NOT flush down the toilet.

Baby/disposable wipes: While these are becoming much more popular & may be marketed as a “flushable” product, they certainly are not. While they will flush, they build up. They can easily get caught on things or just stick where they are in the pipes, causing a major blockage. It’s always best to trash them!

Cotton balls & swabs: Similar to the wipes, these types of things are never good to flush. They are absorbent, which means once you flush it they expand & collect together which can easily be the next thing to block your pipes.

Dental floss: This is specifically not biodegradable, and when it’s flushed, dental floss will wrap itself around other objects in the pipes, making small clogs much worse in an instant.

Band-aids: Hopefully this isn’t something people normally think to flush before trash, but like floss, it is not biodegradable and will just get worse with time.

Cat litter: You cats litter is made from clay and sand, two things that you should NEVER put in your toilet. Also cat waste can contain toxins & parasites that shouldn’t be in our water system, especially since our water treatment centers do not use chemicals that are able to destroy these contaminants.

Any medications: Medications may not clog your system, but they still are not meant for the water in your sewers. This water ends up in the rivers and oceans or small creeks, which you may wonder about because it’s originally sewage. Once it’s gone through the cleaning system, it is ok to be introduced into those areas, but the sewer system cannot clean out this medication. Most pharmacies will accept expired and unused medications to make sure they are disposed of properly.

 

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