To Flush or Not to Flush

It's not a pleasant subject to discuss with anyone, especially when you have to confront a loved one or coworker on their toilet habits, but unless you were born in a barn, you probably know not to treat the potty like a garbage can. When in doubt, consider this handy guide to flush-friendly objects and what you should toss in the wastebasket instead.

Good to Go:

- Toilet Paper

- Human Waste

Don't Flush It:

- "Flushable" Wipes

- Paper Towels

- Kleenex

- Tampons and Pads

- Diapers

- Odds and Ends (Floss, Condoms, Cotton Balls, etc.)

The "Flushable" Wipes Myth

A by-product of sound marketing, there's nothing the wreaks havoc on a city's sewer system like so-called "flushable" wipes. Baby wipes, wet wipes, cleaning wipes - whatever the variety, the difference between these wipes and regular toilet paper is fairly simple. Whereas toilet paper is designed to break down in water and break apart to better travel through sewer systems, baby wipes are meant to retain their shape and provide better performance than toilet paper. These will clog sewers and drains and lead to expensive - and messy - repairs. Our advice? Don't risk it. While there's something to be said for the "out of sight, out of mind" mentality, it's not worth the trouble. Toss it in the garbage and dispose of "flushable" wipes by other means.

For more information on best plumbing practices and how to avoid costly sewer repairs, contact Pioneer Plumbing and Heating. Our seasoned team of plumbing veterans has the expertise to seek out and correct any plumbing issue, large or small. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your plumbing problems!

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