What Can and Can’t Be Flushed?

Toilets are an important part of our daily lives. It’s not like during winter, you don’t have to do your business outside. However, people tend to be lazy or ignorant sometimes and end up throwing everything in the toilet, assuming that it will eventually be flushed away. Tampons and toilet paper are some of the most common materials, which end up being flushed away. However, many thing should not be thrown be flushed down the toilet. Doing so results to significant plumbing problems and environmental pollution as well.

What to Flush

There is a simple rule that says that only 3 things should be flushed down the toilet. These are toilet paper, pee and poop. There is no reason to complicate things. If it is not one of the above 3 materials, then you should not be flushing it down the drain where it may cause a clog that will need a professional to unblock.

What to Flush

What You Should Avoid

The list here is long. However, as a rule, if it is not one of the 3 items listed above, then it has no business being flashed down the toilet. For clarity’s sake, here are some of the most common items that people throw into the toilet but should not end up there in the first place. Tissue paper, paper towels and Kleenex should not be flushed.

These types of paper tend to stick together when wet and then absorb moisture. Once that happens, it may take quite a long period, to break them down. This might cause blockages in the sewer system. Pharmaceuticals, condoms and unused drugs should never be flushed. However, many people out there believe this is the safest way to dispose them.

what-not-to-flushThe problem with this is that some sewer systems are not designed to remove the chemicals contained in these drugs. This means that they are not removed but end up in rivers and lakes or even in ground water. People swimming such rivers and lakes as well as the communities drinking the contaminated water, can suffer from serious health problems. Other materials to avoid include:

  • Fats, greases and oils
  • Big chunks of garbage such as metal or wood
  • Corrosive substances
  • Explosive or flammable liquids
  • Toxic substances
  • Poisons and hazardous waste

Bottom Line

Many materials that are poured or flushed down the drain, can lead to serious plumbing problems. They can destroy the pipes connected to city sewers together with the city sewer system. Every home connected to the city sewer system, is a potential contributor of sewer problems. Every property owner or homeowner should therefore take responsibility and avoid flushing down some materials that can cause blockages.