Whether it was when you were younger or a more recent reminder from your plumbing company, chances are you’re aware that you shouldn’t be flushing things besides toilet paper down your toilet. Most of us generally follow this rule without totally understanding it, and there are even some who don’t pay it much attention at all.
At All Hours Drain Cleaning, our drain cleaning services include helping you with proactive areas like this that can benefit you drains and prevent you from having to spend on hydro-jetting or another of our drain clearing formats. What’s behind the repeated warnings you might have heard to keep other items out of your toilet drain? Let’s go over exactly why this rule is so important.
Issues With Tree Roots
Within any home or building, sewer lines that run into the house have to also connect to public supply and runoff lines. This is often done with lines that cross parts of the property, usually the back yard. In some cases, tree roots nearby may grow into the porous materials of these sewer lines.
When this happens, the roots of the tree act as a strainer of sorts. They allow water to pass through just fine, but they tend to stop other debris – which, over time, will build up until water can’t get through. At this point, you’ll have one of the most expensive plumbing fixes out there on your hands. But instead, you can just avoid it altogether by following your plumber’s directive and only flushing approved toilet paper down.
Feminine Products and Other Items
While there are some feminine products like tampons that advertise themselves as fully flushable, we recommend against this in all cases. These products are small, certainly, but they are not meant to break down the way toilet paper does (more on this in a moment) and will absolutely clog your sewer line if the opportunity is there. Instead, we recommend wrapping all such products in toilet paper and throwing them away in the trash.
The same goes for any other items that say they’re flushable, such as wipes and paper towels. These items may dissolve like toilet paper, but take longer to do it and can create clogs. We recommend using the trash instead.
Why Toilet Paper Is Okay
Toilet paper is the one exception to flushing rules because of the way it’s designed to break down in septic systems. Different types break down at different speeds, but they’re all meant to dissolve entirely before reaching the city’s sewer main. This is why they’re different from virtually all other products or items in this area.
For more on why you should always follow the rule of nothing but toilet paper down the drain, or to learn about any of our drain cleaning services, speak to the pros at All Hours Drain Cleaning today.