Many people flush whatever they want down their toilet and don’t think twice about it. But there is an ugly truth we have to face about what happens after we flush the toilet. Some of the things we flush down the toilet could be a problem, not only for our own plumbing, but possibly for the environment. Take a look at some things you should never flush and why:
1. Dental Floss
Floss may seem fragile but it is actually quite strong and will hold up after being flushed. This can be a big problem as it can snag and cause clogs.
2. Paper towels
Most people don’t realize that toilet paper is made the way it is because it easily breaks down in water. Other paper products like paper towels and napkins aren’t designed to break down like toilet paper. This means that flushing them can cause major clogs.
3. Cotton Swabs/Q-Tips
Cotton seems degradable right? Actually, today’s synthetic cotton isn’t at all. Just like paper towels, this material won’t break down easily and can accumulate at bends in the pipes and cause clogs.
4. Disposable Diapers
If we’re mentioning it, that means that people do it. Disposable diapers definitely aren’t biodegradable and will almost certainly cause a clog. The material in diapers is designed to absorb water meaning it becomes even more of a clogging hazard after it is flushed
5. Cigarette Butts
Cigarettes aren’t degradable so they could easily accumulate and cause a clog. But besides that, cigarettes are full of nasty chemicals that could be potentially deadly if introduced into the water supply.
Many people think that they can flush their prescriptions if they have leftovers so that they don’t get into the wrong hands. This has the same effect as cigarettes as those drugs are absorbed into the water supply.
7. Cat Feces
Believe it or not, this one could be the most dangerous. You see videos of people training their cats to use the toilet all the time; people don’t realize that they’re actually causing a huge environmental problem. Even if your cat never goes outside, feline feces are naturally full of dangerous parasites. Flushing cat waste releases these dangerous parasites into the water supply affecting both humans and the ecosystems. Scientists have actually found evidence in the oceans of different species being killed by these parasites.
Knowing what you can and can’t flush could save you from costly repairs and can even help save the environment. We remind everyone to flush responsibly. For more information, call us at…
Environmental Factors: To this point, everything we’ve mentioned should be avoided to spare yourself costly repairs. The following reasons could be potentially much worse as they are a hazard to the environment. Before we get to that, you should know what happens after you flush the toilet. Most people don’t think about it but that waste doesn’t just disappear. If you live in the city, your waste travels through underground pipes to a sewage treatment plant where it is cleaned and sanitized, then either released into a water source or sent back into the water supply. If you live in a rural area, your waste most likely goes into a septic tank. These factors still apply as a septic tank can still leak into the ground water supply.