Want to avoid clogged toilet drains in your house? There's little more frustrating – or embarrassing – than your toilet unexpectedly overflowing during a house party or when you're having your spouse's boss over for dinner. The thing is, clogged toilets don't just happen. Those clogs are always caused by something – and often it's something that you flushed down the toilet. Take a look at a few things that you should never, ever flush down the toilet.
Cotton balls are tiny and soft, and it's easy to think that they'd dissolve effortlessly in water. They're also commonly used in the bathroom, so the toilet can look like a convenient disposal option. But don't do it. The cotton balls don't dissolve easily in water, and they will gather in the bends of the pipes. Collect enough of them, and eventually you'll have a clogged pipe and an overflowing toilet.
Baby wipes aren't just for babies anymore. In recent years, bathroom wipes have been increasingly marketed to adults, and often the packaging is marked flushable, leading consumers to believe that they'll dissolve like toilet paper when they're flushed.
However, there's evidence to suggest that these wipes are not as flushable as they're advertised to be. Wastewater authorities say that even the wipes that are labeled flushable aren't breaking down and are clogging the sewer systems – and if they're clogging sewer systems, they're also clogging toilets. Manufacturers claim that it's other, non-flushable wipes causing the problems, but tests indicate that flushable wipes do remain intact when working through the sewer system. It's best to play it safe – don't flush pre-moistened towelettes, no matter what the packaging says.
It's very common for couples to flush discarded condoms down the toilet – so common, in fact, that many people believe that the toilet is the correct place to dispose of them. And it can seem harmless to flush a condom because it's so small.
However, the balloon-like shape of a condom can really work against you. The prophylactic can fill with water and grow larger and larger in the pipe, blocking the flow of water and causing the toilet to overflow. And if they do make it through the toilet to the sewer, they can fill with air in the sewer system, causing that to clog and back up.
If you want to be as safe as possible, confine your flushing to human waste and toilet paper only. Doing that may not protect you from ever having your toilet overflow, but it will prevent most of the clogs that cause overflows. Hire drain cleaning services, such as Backlund Plumbing, if your plumbing is already clogged.