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What Isn’t Safe to Flush Down the Toilet?


It would be nice if we could safely flush whatever type of waste we want down our toilets, but it just doesn’t work that way. Most of us know that there are certain things we shouldn’t flush down our toilets. However, there are still items that many people think they can flush that actually aren’t safe to send down their drains or toilets.

Things That Aren’t Safe to Flush Down the Toilet

There are a wide range of items that people believe are safe to flush down the toilet that aren’t. The following are the most common items that aren’t safe to flush down the toilet:

  • Wipes – This includes wet wipes, baby wipes, and even flushable wipes. Unlike toilet paper, wipes don’t break apart when they get wet, which can result in them causing clogs in your toilet and plumbing.
  • Diapers – Diapers are designed to absorb water and don’t disintegrate in water like toilet paper. If you can flush a diaper down your toilet, it will likely lead to a clog and damage your plumbing system.
  • Tampons – Like diapers, tampons are made to absorb liquids and aren’t designed to breakdown when they get wet. As a result, flushing them down your toilet can lead to clogs and plumbing damage.
  • Cotton Balls & Q-Tips – Items like Q-tips and cotton balls can clump together after you flush them, which can result in them clogging your pipes and damaging your plumbing.
  • Tissues – While tissues may seem like toilet paper, they don’t break apart in water and disintegrate like toilet paper. This can lead to tissues clogging your toilet and pipes.
  • Floss – Even though dental floss is small, if you flush it down the toilet, it won’t disintegrate and can get caught in your pipes. As more floss is flushed, it can clump together with other floss in your pipes, forming a net that can catch other debris and clog your pipes.
  • Hair – Hair doesn’t dissolve in water. Like floss, it can clump together in your pipes and catch other debris, which can lead to clogs and plumbing damage.
  • Bleach – While it may be a product you use when you clean your bathroom, bleach isn’t good for your plumbing system. It is too powerful for your pipes and septic system. Flushing it down your toilet can wear down your plumbing system’s components, leading to expensive repairs.

Speak with Our Clogged Toilet Repair Experts Today

For over a decade, All City Plumbing has been providing customers in Rancho Cucamonga and its surrounding communities with high-quality plumbing services. Our plumbers are experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled. All City Plumbing has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and we offer a moneyback guarantee and industry-best warranties.

For more information about how All City Plumbing can help you with your toilet repair needs, give us a call at (909) 552-7550 or contact us online. We offer a several benefits, including financing options, same-day appointments, and coupons. In addition, we’re available to help customers with their plumbing issues 7 days a week.

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