For the most part, toilet clogs are preventable, at least in the residential sector. When you have a commercial building, it can be harder to control what patrons and visitors flush down the toilet. In those cases, most building managers and small business owners have to “react” when people flush the wrong things down their toilets.
For the purpose of this post, we’re going to focus on what we can control: the toilets in our own homes. If you have a family with children, you definitely want to listen up. Reading our tips can help save you time, money, and unpleasant messes that you don’t want to clean up. Follow our advice on what not to flush and you’ll be picking up a plunger less often:
What Not to Flush Down the Toilet
When it comes to toilets, almost all clogs can be prevented, and it basically comes down to “what not to flush down the toilet.” While this advice certainly applies to everyone, it’s especially important for parents to memorize and teach to their kids. Why? Because, children can be some of the biggest culprits behind toilet clogs!
Don’t flush the following down the toilet:
- Baby wipes
- Paper towels
- Cotton balls
- Facial tissue
- Feminine napkins
Only Flush Toilet Paper
Essentially, the ONLY thing you want to flush down the toilet is toilet paper! Even flushable wipes can clog a toilet, so you have to be careful. All too often, people use toilets as trash cans and in doing so, their toilet ends up clogging. Even adults make this mistake! If your toilet develops a clog, the first thing you want to do is grab a handy plunger. If that doesn’t do the trick, you’ll need to try a drain snake. If all efforts to clear the clog fail, the next step is to call a professional plumber.
At Green Home Solutions, we’re here to help you with your residential and commercial plumbing needs. If your plumbing project is out of your comfort zone, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a service call! We service all of Cuyahoga County!