When it comes to your toilet, there are some guidelines that you should follow to make sure that you aren’t doing damage to your systems and our underlying waterways, too.
10 Things You Should Never Flush Down the Toilet
- Tampons: While it might seem convenient to flush tampons down the toilet, these are not to be flushed as they are extremely expandable and can clog up pipes.
- Pads: This one should go without saying, but pads are also not to be flushed. Make sure to put them in the bin.
- Condoms: Rubbers down the toilet? No way. Make sure to wrap them up and place them in the bin.
- Cigarette butts: If you’re having a sneaky smoke in the toilet just butt it out and throw it in the rubbish instead of flushing.
- Floss: Stringy plastics have a habit of getting snagged in drains, and your loo is no different. Floss can be particularly hard to fish out, especially if you’ve been flushing it regularly.
- Hair: Similar to floss, your hair also gets snagged and then has other nasties catching onto it on the way down, all leading to a particularly unpleasant build up.
- Baby wipes: Baby wipes, bathroom wipes, and makeup wipes are all, despite appearances, not supposed to be flushed down the toilet. The material of the wipes doesn’t break up as toilet tissue does.
- The toilet roll: Toilet paper is fine, but the toilet roll? If you have gotten to the end of the roll and you’re too lazy to chuck in the bin when you’re changing it then just wait for the next person and leave it on there – it’s the safer option.
- Band-aids: Band-aids are unhygienic, we know, but that doesn’t mean that you need to dispose of them as soon as possible in the most environmentally unsafe manner. Wait until you find a bin and then remove the band-aid.
- Cotton wool: Despite their natural composition, cotton wool buds are not safe to flush down the toilet. They swell up and get waterlogged when you put them in water – which can end up clogging your pipes.
If you have already flushed one of these items and you’re finding that you have a blocked drain, then there is no need to panic – as 24-hour plumbing is available with Plumbers Direct. Give us a call on 1300 896 508 and we can sort out your blocked toilet in no time.
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