If you’re struggling with a recurring toilet clogs that seem to be caused by nothing, there’s a good chance it was caused by something commonly seen as harmless. There are a bunch of things that people do frequently that they don’t realize are problematic for their plumbing. You may need to call a plumber to help you out this time, however, here are some things you can avoid flushing in the future to prevent having to call twice.
One of the most common causes for plumbing issues is people’s tendency to flush hygiene products. This isn’t just from things like tampons; this also includes sanitary wipes and baby wipes. People flush these all the time and don’t realize that they get caught in pipes incredibly often – even the ones labeled flushable! Therefore, start throwing these products in the trash instead. If you aren’t keen on having used hygiene products in your standard trashcan, buy one with a hinged lid. You can even invest in a cheap, enclosed bin specifically for hygiene products.
That’s right – flushing paper towels is a bad idea. Toilet paper is made specifically to degrade quickly when wet. This keeps it from getting lodged in the pipes most of the time. However, paper towels are made not to degrade quickly when wet. Their purpose is to stay intact throughout your cleaning while still being disposable and low-impact on the environment.
Paper towels will break down over time, which makes them compostable. However, they don’t break down fast enough not to wreak havoc on your plumbing system. Flushing paper towels is a quick way to end up with a stubborn plug that needs more than just a plunger to fix.
It may be very tempting to flush the evidence of your sexual encounter down the toilet when you’re through. But, guess what? Toilets aren’t meant to handle rubber of any kind – even the thin stuff. Someone spotting a used condom in your trash can might be embarrassing, but having to pay a plumber to retrieve it from your pipes is even worse. If you’re concerned about decency, wrap it in toilet paper before throwing it out. Just don’t flush it.
Believe it or not, regular old Kleenex-style tissues can clog your toilet and will cause problems in your plumbing. They may be soft, but they’re designed not to break down the same way toilet paper does. If you want to get rid of tissues without them going into a landfill, try composting them. Then, at least, your cold will be good for something.
Cat litter is a huge offender in the plumbing world. No matter how you clean your cat litter box, do not wash cat litter down any kind of drain. That includes your tub, toilet, and sink. Cat litter is made to absorb and will clump intentionally to make it easier to scoop out dirty litter. What do you suppose happens when it’s dumped down a drain? It clumps and expands and causes a major blockage, leading to toilet clogs. If you ever dump water with cat litter in it down the toilet while cleaning – perhaps because you think it will handle it better than the tub will – stop!
Unfortunately, a lot of these things can cause long-term problems. If you have recurring problems with toilet clogs, you may need your pipes professionally cleaned. If you need an expert to help you with your clogged toilet, give us a call at POM Plumbing. We service the Toronto area and can fix any sticky situations you’ve gotten yourself into by flushing the wrong thing.