What not to flush in a toilet in Decatur, AL

There’s a cartoon about a young duck learning to potty train. At first, the baby duck is scared of the toilet because the water just vanishes. However, when the parents leave the room, the baby duck tries to flush anything he can find down the toilet: his diaper, toys, toilet paper, etc. At first, things seem to just disappear, which entertains the baby duck. Sadly, everything gets stuck in the pipes and causes the toilet to overflow and flood the bathroom. Many homeowners in the Decatur, AL  have experienced something similar and know there are certain things you shouldn’t flush down the toilet, but some items might surprise you. Here are a few items that people regularly flush down the toilet that should never go down any drain–especially the toilet:

  • condoms
  • wipes
  • a special note about these wipes. Recently, companies have manufactured and advertised various types of wipes as disposable or flushable, but this is not true. The wipes do not break down or dissolve when flushed. Thus, they get caught in pipes and filters and cause sewer pipe blockages and floods that can be hazardous to the environment. To be on the safe side, throw these items in the trash rather than flush them down the toilet.
  • feminine products: pads, tampons, applicators, etc.
  • cigarette butts
  • grease or cooking oils
  • toys or plastic items

If you are unsure, a simple way to think about it is if your body doesn’t produce it, and it isn’t toilet paper, it shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet. It may not seem like a big deal; however, these items can cause clogged drains and could even cause your pipes to burst if the clog builds up enough pressure. Even if they safely pass through your home’s plumbing, they can get caught in the local plumbing or at the water treatment plant and cause tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

If you have questions about other items you shouldn’t flush, or if you have a clogged drain that needs repaired, you can call the licensed technicians at Lamco Plumbing. Their plumbers are ready, willing, and able to help you with any of your residential and commercial water heating and/or plumbing needs. For testimonials, money saving tips, and coupons visit our website. And feel free to call us when problems arise or with any questions or concerns.