never get flushed down the toilet

Often times we flush the toilet without thinking. But did you know, that when you flush your toilet, that waste goes through a treatment facility, then it end ups in our rivers and oceans? When you flush things that shouldn’t be flushed, those items can clump together, causing a blockage, which can lead to flooding in your home, garden, and that same waste eventually makes it to our beaches. These are some of the things that should never get flushed down the toilet.

Wipes

Even though they might seem friendly enough, baby wipes, wet wipes, and make up wipes, are NOT biodegradable. They shouldn’t be flushed. Wipes don’t disintegrate like toilet paper, so they can end up on our beaches. To some marine life they can look like jelly fish or seaweed.

Prescription Medicine

Disposing of old or unneeded medicines by flushing it might seem like a good idea, but it’s actually harmful to the environment, and can contaminate groundwater. Drop it off at a pharmacy instead.

Diapers

Diapers will clog your toilet, which can cause flooding in your home. If by some chance they don’t clog your toilet, they can clog your plumbing system. You will need to call a professional plumber to come fix this issue.

Cat Litter

Have you ever seen cat litter that says it’s flushable? Actually it’s not. It can stick to the insides of your pipes and cause a blockage. This can lead to major repairs.

Gum

Sometimes it seems easy to just spit your gum in the toilet. Water won’t wash gum away, and at some point it can become stuck in your pipes. This can cause a buildup that requires the help of a professional plumber as well.

Hair

Hair causes build ups in sinks and showers, but it can also cause the same type of buildup in your toilet.

It is best to keep a waste paper basket near the toilet to help remind people to use that rather than the toilet. If you’re having company over, it could even be helpful to put a note up reminding people that only toilet tissue gets flushed. If you do run into a problem in the Port Charlotte area, McDonough Plumbing is here to help, give us a call at 941-624-4343.