When you have holiday guests, one of the last things you want to deal with is a plumbing problem, yet this is the time of year when the temptation to throw items in the toilet rears its ugly head. This is especially true if you have overnight guests who don’t know where to dispose of personal hygiene items that aren’t suited for the toilet. You can help out your guests, and head off plumbing problems, by providing visible alternatives and instructing everyone about the proper disposal of items. Here’s what to watch for.
Baby Wipes or Personal Hygiene Towelettes
These are not designed to decompose in the toilet and can cause immediate clogs or wreak havoc with your septic system in the future. Provide a trash can near the toilet to encourage guests and family members to dispose of them properly.
While tampons are flushable, many applicators and other feminine products are not. But your guests may find it embarrassing to put them in the trash. To alleviate embarrassment while protecting your toilet, provide bags to conceal them before they are added to the trash.
If you are a smoker, you may be tempted to slip into the bathroom to have a quick smoke where it won’t offend family or guests. Tossing the butt in the toilet may seem like the perfect solution to getting rid of the evidence, but you will regret it when your septic tank becomes clogged. Put the cigarette out completely and toss it in the trash when it has cooled. Likewise, avoid emptying filled ashtrays in the toilet.
Cotton Balls and Swabs
Whether you use these products for taking care of a baby or use them for your own personal care, they don’t belong in the toilet. Although they are cotton, they don’t dissolve like toilet tissue does. Cotton balls and swabs can form a massive clog in your pipes that will require a plumber to remove. Don’t be fooled into thinking because they are small they will be whisked away and decompose in the septic tank.
Many people think dental floss is harmless to the plumbing and thoughtlessly toss it down the toilet. The truth is, dental floss is not biodegradable. It will also become entangled with anything it encounters in the pipes making clogs harder to remove.
It may seem logical to scoop out the litter box and dispose of it in the toilet, but this can cause major clogs in your toilet. Cat litter is made from sand and clay and will form a massive clog when it contacts water. Never flush cat litter down the toilet, even if it’s only a scoop or two.
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