Many companies have put out what they have deemed to be 'flushable' products. They know that people love to have convenient products and making things flushable gives them more angles in which they can advertise their products as. Adding 'flushable' to the packaging can be the determining factor that makes consumers purchase their product over someone else's that doesn't claim to be flush friendly. However, there are certain items that you still won't want to flush down your toilets, no matter what the packaging says. Here are a few things that aren't really so flushable.
Don't flush wipes
You may have noticed more hygiene wipes are now packaged in a way that leads the consumer to believe they are flushable. This has caused more consumers to purchase wipes. In fact, in some households these wipes are used in lieu of toilet paper because they promise to keep you 'feeling fresh' and use wording that is misinterpreted by many.
However, in order for something to be fine for the plumbing system it would have to disintegrate as fast as toilet paper does and the fact is that wipes don't do this, if they even disintegrate at all. That means they can get caught up in the bends of your plumbing system. As more of the wipes make their way into those areas, they will also get caught up which can lead to huge clogs down in the plumbing pipes.
Don't flush tampons or their applicators
How much easier would life be if tampons and their applicators were flushable? Probably a lot easier for many people. However, even though some tampon companies claim their tampons and/or the applicators are flushable, you should never flush either down the toilet.
Tampons absorb water and become much larger than their original size. They also won't disintigrate and this means they can cause major clogs in your pipes. Also, the 'flushable' applicators are made from cardboard, which can also take a while to disintegrate enough to make it safely through the system.
Don't flush kitty litter
Cleaning a litter box is never something a person looks forward to doing and the easier this task can be made to seem, the more people that will be drawn to use that product. There are quite a few brands of 'flushable' kitty litter on the market now. If a person feels they can simply scoop the box and flick the scoop full of litter and debris into the toilet, then they will feel their job has just become much easier. However, you don't want to fall for this and actually flush litter down your toilet.
Not only can some plumbing systems have a hard time breaking down the litter, but they also aren't designed to break down cat feces either. Sometimes you may actually have a plumbing system that can breakdown the litter if given enough time, but even then, should you not give the system enough time to break it down before you clean the box again, then big plumbing problems can arise.
Don't flush food
While food may not claim to be 'flushable' many assume it is. The rational of those people is that the food is flushable once it makes its way through people's bodies, so it should be flushable in its original state. However, this is not true. Imagine taking a chicken breast and putting it in a bowl of water over night, that breast will still retain its shape and still be solid the next day. This means that it will cause a major clog in your pipes. Other foods, such as rice or oats, will grow larger as they sit in water, meaning these foods that swell can also cause serious issues.
So, the next time your garbage disposal goes out and you decide you don't want that food sitting in your kitchen trash until you are ready to take the bag out, refrain from using the toilet as a way to get rid of food. It's best to just take the food to your outside can, tie it up tightly and put it in the kitchen trash anyway, or tie it up and mark the bag as trash; put it in the freezer until you are ready to take the kitchen trash out.
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26 December 2018
Having a clogged sink, toilet or shower drain is bad. However, you may feel the problem is worse if you don't have a plunger or snake. But what many people do not realize is that there are many items they have in their home that they can use to remove a clog from a drain. A wire hanger or baking soda and vinegar can both be used to free these clogs. My name is Mark and my goal with this website is to educate people on ways to remove clogs so they do not have to call a plumber for something minor that they can do themselves. Just remember that sometimes a plumber will know best, so don't be too stubborn.