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Things You Can and Can’t Flush Down the Toilet

The toilet is an essential part of life, but it can also be a source of frustration. From clogged toilets to overflows and backups, toilets can often cause more problems than solutions. As a homeowner, it’s important to know what you can flush down your toilet and what should be thrown in the trash instead. At Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air, we provide a variety of quality services for local clients including toilet repair and clog removals. Our team understands the importance of keeping your pipes clear of buildup, and we want to help you avoid plumbing hassles. If you’re unsure what is safe to flush, keep reading for details that can help you get the most from your plumbing system.

What Is Safe for Flushing?

Toilets are designed to handle human waste, which means that they should be safe for flushing. In this case, human waste consists of urine or feces, as well as small amounts of toilet paper. As long as you are not flushing anything else down the toilet, this material will pass through just fine and end up safely in the municipal sewer system or your septic tank.

Items That Should Never Be Flushed Down Your Toilet

The toilet is designed to handle small amounts of easily degradable waste. If you try to flush anything else down the toilet, it will likely clog. Long-term mistreatment of your toilets could result in large blockages deep in your sewer line, which could compromise the safety and integrity of your entire system. For this reason, it’s critical that property owners are aware of what should and shouldn’t go inside their toilet bowls. Here are some common things people flush down their toilets that should never be flushed:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers, baby wipes, or similar products
  • Face wipes, makeup remover pads, cotton balls, and other cosmetic supplies
  • Cat litter and/or pet waste
  • Paper towels and facial tissues
  • Chemicals and cleaning products

What to Do If You Have Recurring Toilet Clogs?

If your toilet is clogged, you need to get it fixed as soon as possible. The longer a clog remains in your plumbing, the more likely it will cause damage to your home's pipes. Often, the best way to fix a clog is by using a plunger. However, if you have tried plunging and still cannot unclog your toilet, then it’s best to call a professional plumber. They will have the experience and tools required to remove the clog successfully without damaging your pipes or toilet. If you are experiencing recurring clogs, this could be a sign of an underlying problem with your drain line or sewer line, in which case a camera inspection can pinpoint the cause of your plumbing trouble.

Do You Need a Professional Plumber for Your Clog Removal or Toilet Repair?

Are you dealing with a blocked drain line or chronic toilet clogs? Get help from the team at Rooter Hero Plumbing & Air today. Our specialists will ensure that your pipes are flowing smoothly again. Contact our office to learn more about what we offer or to schedule your next service appointment.

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