Many families enjoy hosting friends and loved ones for extended visits during this holiday season. Spending time with guests from out of town is a favorite way to spend time during these months.
If you are planning on having guests stay in your home this holiday season, consider posting a tasteful sign in the guest bathroom so that everyone knows that these items should not be flushed down the toilet:
- Make-up wipes. These small and seemingly harmless wipes are designed to wipe make-up and impurities off of your face before you go to bed. However, the material that they are made from is not flushable and can cause a serious clog in your sewer or septic system. This same rule applies to baby wipes and kids wipes.
- Cotton balls and Swabs. These are paper products, yes. But, they are not flushable. Cotton swabs are designed to have two bulbs of cotton on either side of a stick of tightly rolled paper. They do not break down in the water but, instead they just get soggy and create barriers to other solids from getting through the plumbing.
- Paper towels. These paper products are not designed to break down in water the same way that toilet paper does. They are very thick and are designed to actually absorb water. Think about the difference between a handful of wet toilet paper and a handful of wet paper towel. The paper towel simply becomes a wad of soggy wet paper.
- Band-aids. These items are made from a plastic product that is not biodegradable. They also have adhesive on one side making them sticky. Band-aids will easily get stuck when moving down through the plumbing pipes.
- Dental floss. This items seems like a simple and harmless thing but, it is actually very damaging to your plumbing. Dental floss gets swirled around by the flushing water until it is a tangled ball and then gets caught on other items or traps solids that are moving through the pipes.
Before you flush anything down the toilet, consider what it would look like in your hand if a pitcher of water was poured on it. If it won’t come apart like toilet paper – don’t flush it.