Don’t Flush These Items If You Have a Septic Tank

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If we all have one thing in common, it’s that we all use the toilet. Unfortunately, some consider the toilet a trash receptacle as well. However, flushing anything more than human waste and paper products can cause clogged toilets as well as possible damage to septic systems and wastewater treatment facilities. Flushing items like cellphones or any electronic device can also cause toxic environmental pollution.

While it may be tempting just to flush something away, the cost of plumbing repairs to remove a large clog is probably not worth the momentary convenience. If you are already having plumbing or septic issues, though, contact Ace Portable Restroom Rentals and Septic Tank Services at 509-546-0631. We have been serving the Tri-City area for over 40 years.

What Not to Flush

You should not flush the following items down the toilet under any circumstances. Save yourself the potential embarrassment and costly plumbing repairs.

1. Feminine Hygiene Products

Feminine hygiene products, including tampons, applicators, and pads, are the most commonly flushed items that shouldn’t be flushed. It’s better to get a covered trash receptacle in your bathroom for these items.

2. Cooking Grease, Oils, and Food

Don’t pour leftover grease and oils from cooking down your drains. While easy to dispose of in their liquid form, congealed grease in pipes can cause expensive clogs. Collect your grease in a can or jar and throw it away in your household trash when it becomes full. You can also reuse certain kinds of fats, such as bacon grease, to lubricate a pan before cooking and season the food you’re preparing.

3. Baby Wipes, Adult Wet Wipes, and Cleaning Pads

Though advertised as “flushable,” numerous reports indicate that so-called flushable wet wipes used for adults, infants, and toddlers cause significant clogs and damage to pipes, septic systems, and municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Keeping a covered trash receptacle next to a changing station or toilet and disposing of wipes in the trash instead of flushing will likely save money on expensive plumbing repairs in the future.

4. Dental Floss

In addition to being non-biodegradable, dental floss causes clogs in toilets and sewer pipes, as well as environmental degradation.

5. Cotton Swabs and Cotton Balls

Cotton might seem like a substance that would break down in a sewer system. Some toilet paper is even made from cotton. However, cotton clumps inside the bends of toilets and sewer pipes do cause clogs.

6. Diapers

It is never a good idea to flush disposable or cloth diapers down the toilet, even though they contain human waste. Since diapers are meant to expand in water, they are hard to flush and are almost sure to cause a clog inside your toilet or sewer pipes.

7. Prescription Drugs and Other Pharmaceuticals

While it might seem like a good idea to flush expired medications or pharmaceuticals down the toilet, toxic environmental damage to groundwater and wildlife result from doing so. Many communities sponsor drug “take-back” days or have collection sites for expired pharmaceuticals.

8. Paper Towels and Tissues

Paper towels and tissues, though disposable, don’t dissolve like toilet paper and are not intended to be thrown in the toilet. Throw used paper towels and tissues in the trash or use washable cloths or rags instead of paper towels.

9. Cigarette Butts

Cigarette butts contain toxic chemicals that pollute groundwater and should go in the trash after being full extinguished, not flushed down a toilet.

What’s Left That’s Okay to Flush?

Essentially, don’t flush anything down the toilet except human waste and toilet paper. However, even your choice of toilet papers can make a difference. Thicker, plush papers are harder to break down and are more apt to clog drains. Sometimes an advance flush before flushing the paper can prevent a clog from occurring.

It’s better not to overburden your toilet during a single flush to prevent clogs and costly plumber visits. We recommend using single-ply 100% recycled toilet paper for optimal clog prevention.

Are Your Pipes Already Clogged?

Sometimes, even if you do everything right, you still experience clogged pipes or other unpleasant plumbing issues. If you are having plumbing problems, call our experienced Tri-City septic system and plumbing specialists at Ace Portable Restroom Rentals and Septic Tank Services at 509-546-0631.

You want to work with a portable toilet and septic tank services company with a reputation for providing quality service at competitive rates. We have been in the business for over 40 years serving the Tri-Cities area in southeastern Washington. To learn more about our products and services or request a quote, you can reach us at 509-546-0631 or contact us online. We have your portable restroom and septic tank service needs covered. All our products and services are 100% satisfaction guaranteed.