What’s one of the worst disasters to occur in a bathroom? A unanimous vote indicates an overflowing toilet, especially after a “number two”. Perhaps you’ve experienced the horror of toilet water that keeps rising until it overflows.

Why does this happen to you?

The more obvious reason is that you’re probably flushing items that are supposed to be thrown in the dustbin, not the toilet. The result is a blocked and smelly drain. You could call a plumbing specialist to unblock your drain every few months, or you could take some preventative measures.

Here are some items that DO NOT belong in a toilet bowl:

BABY WIPES

Baby wipes block drains, despite baby product companies claiming their specific brand of baby wipes are flushable. Baby wipes do not dissolve in water and should never be flushed down the toilet. The same applies to makeup remover wipes.

SANITARY PRODUCTS

Save yourself the embarrassment of having the plumber delve into a heap of soggy feminine products in the blocked drain by simply NOT flushing them. Feminine products are designed to expand in moisture, not shrink or dissolve.

COTTON SWABS

Cotton swabs are not degradable in the same way that toilet paper is. Put them in the garbage can, don’t flush them.

DENTAL FLOSS

Flushing dental floss down the toilet can cause extensive damage to plumbing pipes. Floss threads form a net that catches and retains debris.

TISSUES AND PAPER TOWELS

Unlike toilet paper, tissues and paper towels cannot be flushed because they don’t degrade.

PILLS

Never flush expired pills and other medication down a toilet. Bring them to a disposal center and drop them off.  Some Walgreens in the Treasure Valley have drop off boxes.

CAT LITTER

Some brands of cat litter claim to be flushable but most toilets don’t have sufficient water force to wash the litter through the pipes properly.

HAIR FROM A HAIR BRUSH

Who of us hasn’t done this? Tossing hair in the toilet is not recommended because, like floss, it forms a net that traps debris.

CHEWING GUM

Chewing gum remains a sticky blob no matter what. It certainly doesn’t degrade or dissolve in water, instead, it sticks to the inside of pipes.

FAT AND GREASE AFTER COOKING

Don’t ever pour cooking grease in the toilet because once it cools, it congeals and eventually hardens inside plumbing pipes.

So, you don’t flush any of the above items down your toilet? What could possibly be causing it to block? Now is the time to call EC Plumbing at (208) 318-5533 – a qualified, licensed and thoroughly reliable plumber to get the job done.

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