People like convenience, which is why flushable items are so appealing. Rather than throw something in the trash and have to deal with the smell and trouble of taking out the garbage, many people like the idea of just flushing the item down the toilet and letting the sewage treatment center handle it. However, you may actually be causing bigger problems with flushable items. Here are two you should be aware of.
Flushable Cat Litter
Many environmentally conscious people are concerned with the impact of scooping cat feces in a bag and throwing it away in the trash where it will be taken to a landfill to sit for however long it takes for it to break down. In response to this, some companies began making cat litter that could be flushed down the toilet along with the cat feces. Unfortunately, this is one example where an attempt to make a situation better may make things worse.
The main issue is flushing cat feces is not a good idea in the first place. The sewage system is designed to deal with human waste and cannot effectively treat cat feces. The problem is cat poop can contain a parasite called toxoplasmosis that can't be filtered out of the treated water, which can hurt marine mammals and other aquatic life when the parasite escapes into the waterways.
Secondly, despite saying flushable on the box, the cat litter can still cause clogs. This is because the cat litter contains chemicals designed to absorb water, and the litter crystals may continue expanding when placed in the toilet. Additionally, the poop itself may be too big to flush. Even if you break it up, you may still get pieces that get stuck in the pipes and cause a clog.
It's best to reserve your toilet for human use, and find other eco-friendly ways to dispose of your cat's feces.
In another attempt to avoid sending poop to the landfill, many parents choose to use flushable diapers to manage their babies' waste. The trouble is this product doesn't automatically break up in the water like toilet paper. You have to either manually break it down using a wand or let it sit in the toilet long enough to dissolve before flushing the commode. If you don't take either precaution, you risk clogging your toilets or having to flush multiple times to get the diaper to pass through the plumbing pipes.
For more information about problems associated with flushable products or to have a professional fix clogs caused by these items, contact a plumbing company.