How To Avoid Toilet Clogs

24 February 2017
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Clogged toilets are a common household problem, and are almost always caused by flushing something down the toilet that was not supposed to go down the drain. Often, even products that are marketed as flushable or seem to be able to pass easily through your plumbing can cause issues. In order to prevent future clogs and other associated plumbing problems, you should make an effort to avoid flushing any of the following materials down your toilet.

Baby Products

Baby wipes and diapers, while they may seem similar in function and material construction as toilet paper and often are described as flushable, are actually not a good idea to flush down the toilet. This is because they are usually much denser and more durable than toilet paper, which means that they can quickly become lodged somewhere in your plumbing and won't break down over time.

Cleaning Wipes and Paper Towel

In a similar vein to the above point, avoid flushing any sort of cleaning wipes down the toilet. This is because cleaning wipes are pretty much the same thing as baby wipes, except treated with different chemicals. They can become clogged in exactly the same way as baby wipes and diapers can: just throw them out instead. Paper towels are exactly the same: it is much more durable than toilet paper is, and will form into a dense barrier within your pipes if flushed.

Medicine

While medicine may seem like a non-issue next to the other items on this list, you should avoid flushing pills down the toilet. This is because depending on the type of pill and how it's designed, they may not break down in water. This means that if you flush multiple bottles of pills down the toilet, they can group together and form a blockage. Pills that you don't want or need anymore can be thrown out in the regular trash, or taken back to the pharmacy to be disposed of.

Hair

All drains are fairly similar, and hair can clog your toilet's pipes just as easily as it can clog your shower's plumbing. When you brush your hair, make an effort to put your hair (especially if it's long and tangled) into the garbage instead of your toilet – or the sink, shower, or any other water drain, for that matter. Hair is unique in its clogging potential, in that it can resist chemicals designed to break down organic matter and can be surprisingly physical durable.

For more information, talk to a professional like Rooter Pro Plumbing.