An image of a bathroom toilet.

A clogged toilet is probably one of the most annoying and inconvenient things that can happen to your bathroom. Most of the time we can easily solve these problems with a bit of elbow grease and a plunger, but if your toilet is clogged due to something being stuck in the pipes, you may need to call a plumber. Truly, the only thing that should go down a toilet is toilet paper. However, people are continuously flushing things down the toilet that they should not be. In this blog post, we will be discussing some of the top items that you should never flush down your toilet. Keep reading to learn more! 

 

To start off, there are some basic things you shouldn’t be flushing down the toilet that everyone should be aware of. And even if you are aware of them, it’s always nice to have another reminder right? Here are some basic things you should not be flushing down the toilet.

  • Feminine products 
  • Paper towels 
  • Tissues 
  • Cotton Balls
  • Q-tips 

 

Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes 

Even if the wipes that you are using claim to be “flushable,” you should still throw these into the garbage can. Due to the material that these wipes are made of they do not dissolve or disintegrate in the water and can easily clog a toilet. 

 

Medication

Unfortunately, people tend to flush old medications as a way of disposing of it. While the notion to get rid of old medication is something that is great to do, there are other ways that you should dispose of this. When you flush medication down the toilet, that medication is then dissolving into the water which then goes into the sewer systems, which can cause toxic environmental effects. Instead of getting rid of all medication by throwing it down the toilet, dispose of it properly. You can even learn more about this from the FDA here

 

Cigarette Butts 

Speaking of other toxic things in your water, cigarette butts are something that you don’t want to flush down the toilet. Not only can cigarette butts cause major clogs if they’ve built up over time but flushing these alone is a huge waste of water. Protect the environment and your lungs by just saying goodbye to cigarettes once and for all. 

 

Dental Floss 

Dental floss is something that you may not think twice about throwing down the toilet, but you should. Dental floss can easily clog up your toilet and due to its flexible and light nature, it can be extremely annoying and difficult to remove.  Not only can it clog your toilet but it can also cause other environmental damage. 

 

Hair

Just like dental floss, hair can easily form a sort of net when it is flushed down the drain. It can also be easily caught on almost anything. Hair also will never dissolve when left alone in water no matter how long it’s in there. Many drain cleaners will say that they dissolve hair but you should never be putting drain cleaners down the  toilet. 

 

No matter how careful you are, clogs are inevitable. If you’re continuously noticing that you toilet is clogging too, it may be time to call in the experts, aka Hubbard Plumbing. Hubbard plumbing has been serving Long Island and its surrounding counties for years with both great services and education too. No matter what plumbing problem you’re having let us do the dirty work. Connect with us today to learn more!