things you should never flush down the toilet

Toilet clogs can often be caused by foreign objects ending up in the drain. It can be frustrating and a little gross to deal with these blockages. In order to prevent clogs, it’s important to know what you can and cannot flush down the toilet. To help you out, the pros at Roman Electric have prepared a quick list of things you should never flush down the toilet.

1. Flushable Wipes

This might be a little surprising since the word “flushable” is involved, but it’s generally not a good idea to flush these wipes. This is because they don’t break apart as easily as toilet paper, according to Consumer Reports.

2. Cat Litter

Yes, you heard us—cat litter. While it might seem obvious not to dump cat litter in your toilet, there are certain kinds that are branded as “flushable.” Save yourself and your toilet the trouble and dump the litter (even the flushable kind) in the trash. The troubles that can ensue after litter inevitably clogs up your drains are simply not worth it.

3. Paper Towels

Toilet paper is okay—paper towel is not. That is because paper towel has plastic fibers in it that can’t easily break down in your drain. Dispose of paper towels in the trash.

4. Diapers

No matter how strong your toilet is, it can’t break down diapers or disposable nappies in the sewer system.

Follow This Rule of Thumb

We’ve given you an idea of what can and cannot go in the toilet. If you are confused about what can or can’t be flushed, follow this rule of thumb: If it is not toilet paper, it most likely cannot be flushed.

How You Can Prevent Clogs

There are other steps you can take to prevent clogs, besides knowing what can or cannot be flushed down your toilet. Here are some ways you can avoid clogs and blockages all together:

1. Keep Toilet Lids Closed

Often plumbers will get called because a small toy is blocking the pipes. If you have young children, prevent them from putting any toys in the toilet by keeping your toilet lids closed. You can use a safety lock for extra security. 

2. Inspect Your Toilet Every Month

Make sure the various components of your toilet are functioning properly and are not worn out. Check the flapper and fill valve and ensure they are in good condition.

3. Get a Plunger

If you do not have a plunger, make sure you purchase a good quality flange-plunger. Learn how to use it properly, so you are prepared for any clogs.

4. What Toilet Paper are You Using?

While soft and plush toilet paper feels great, it might be harder on your drain. If you don’t want to change your toilet paper, make sure you don’t use too much of it.

Have any more questions about things you can or cannot flush down your toilet? Thinking about how you can deal with clogs in the most efficient way possible? Roman Electric can answer both these questions for you. Call us today at 414-369-3798 or schedule a service online!