When you go to the store these days, chances are you are faced with an almost overwhelming amount of options for toilet paper. Trying to figure out which brand is best for the price and which option is most comfortable, it can be easy to forget that certain kinds of toilet paper can also be hard on your plumbing and toilet. Learn what the best types of toilet paper for your plumbing system are below, and make sure to contact our expert Rancho Cucamonga plumbers at All City Plumbing, Drain Cleaning, & Rooter for toilet repairs and more.
Kinds of Toilet Paper That Are Okay for Your Plumbing System
As most homeowners already know, 1-ply toilet paper is usually quite affordable, though it’s also usually not that comfortable. Single-ply TP tends to be good for your plumbing system, because it dissolves quickly. However, with thicker models of 1-ply toilet paper now available, and the chance that you are likely to use more of it, it’s definitely not the only option that’s compatible with your plumbing.
In general, 2-ply toilet paper is also fine for your system, and should be more comfortable and still very affordable next to 1-ply. However, by the time you get to 3-ply toilet paper, you risk buying a product that won’t dissolve as quickly, and may therefore clog your toilet. Granted, this also depends largely on the age of your plumbing system, and how many people are using the toilet on average. If you have old pipes, we'd recommend you avoid 3-ply and stick to 1-ply or 2-ply paper to reduce your risk of a plumbing backup.
Types of Toilet Paper That Can Hurt Your Plumbing
As a rule of thumb, the only kind of toilet paper you should definitively not use for the sake of your plumbing system would be the so-called “flushable wipes.” While these are sometimes okay in moderation, using only this product is extremely bad for your plumbing, because despite what it may say on the label, these wipes are not dissolvable, meaning they aren’t really flushable, either. If you do use flushable wet wipes all the time, prepare to have a clog on your hands.
Once again, the best kind of toilet paper for you may also depend largely on how old your system is, how many people live in your home, and your personal comfort preferences. Talk to your family, try to figure out what works best for everybody, then cross-reference this informal survey with how often you end up dealing with a clogged toilet. Chances are you’ll be able to arrive at some kind of happy medium!