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What Is Flushable And What Is Not?

November 28, 2023 | Blog

Protect Your Plumbing From Clogs

When you need something disposed of while you’re in the bathroom, many people think that flushing it is an easy solution. As any plumber will tell you, this line of logic will bring you trouble and unneeded stress. Countless items can wreck your plumbing system if sent down the drain, so don’t take the risk!

Things flushed away are meant to be forgotten, but sending down the wrong thing will give you — and your wallet — an unfortunate reminder. The professional plumbing team at Southern Air Mississippi wants your plumbing system to stay in top shape. These kinds of problems can be prevented with the proper knowledge, which is why we’re here to share information on what can and can’t be flushed.

What Makes Flushable Waste Safe To Flush?

Your toilet is reliable in that it has one job, and doing just that is what keeps it working fine. The golden rule for your porcelain throne is if something wasn’t meant to go into the toilet, it shouldn’t be flushed either!

No homeowner should forget that flushed items don’t just disappear — they have to travel somewhere. Toilet paper is of course good to go since it’s able to break down and dissolve once it goes down your bathroom plumbing system.

If you’re left unsure about whether something is safe to flush, it’s better to be cautious and use the trash can instead.

What Not To Flush

Many things just aren’t designed to go down the toilet. If you neglect this, your plumbing system will have to pay for it — and then so will you! Rather than deal with a clogged toilet, keep yourself informed about what kinds of things will hurt your home when flushed.

Wipes, Towels And Tissues

Even the things that resemble toilet paper aren’t meant for the drain. “Flushable” wipes, despite their name, get stuck in drains and can cause blockages. The same is true for paper towels and tissues.

The key difference is that these items don’t dissolve in water like toilet paper. Toss them in the trash instead. Other items to keep away from the toilet are cotton balls, Q-tips and dental floss.

Feminine Products

Feminine hygiene products like tampons and pads are prone to absorbing liquid. This means they can expand while in the drain, causing severe blockages. If you’re not careful, they’ll block the water and cause it to overflow. Once again, the trash can is the safer bet.

Hair And Fibrous Materials

Flushed hair has a tendency to cling and stick, which is especially bad when combined with other items. Like dental floss, hair can wrap around other substances and cause clogged pipes. Any strings or fibers can likewise get tangled and create a plumbing nightmare!

Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals

Clogs aren’t your only worry, as contaminants can also cause serious issues. Medications, bleach, cigarette butts, cleaning agents and paint are all things that can harm the water supply. You’d be hurting both your home and the environment!

Local collection programs and drug take-back sites are good places to get rid of old medicines that could otherwise be harmful.

Grease, Oil And Fats

Food isn’t meant to be flushed, and food with high levels of grease, oil or fat is even worse. Ingredients like these quickly solidify while down the drain, which creates the threat of major blockages. Remember that your toilet is different from your trash can!

Contact The Professional Plumbing Team In McComb For Plumbing Solutions

The plumbing experts of Southern Air Mississippi are no strangers to clogged and dirty drains. We’re committed to customer satisfaction and ensuring the job gets done right.

When you need a professional plumbing team, our McComb team is here to help. Contact us today for reliable bathroom plumbing and sewer services!

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