Don’t Flush These Things!

August 13, 2019by Lasiter & Lasiter


Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing have taken care of many clogged toilets in the past. We understand that a toilet clog can be frustrating and often unsanitary. But our experts will help with clearing out even the most stubborn clog that is keeping a toilet from working as well as it should.

But you should think about what you are flushing in particular. You cannot flush just anything down your toilet. You should only flush items that will break apart when in water, as they are not going to hurt your plumbing system.

Here’s a look at some of the things that can clog your toilet. As you’ll notice, they are all things that will not break apart all that easily:

  • Facial tissues are thicker than toilet paper and should not be flushed.
  • Wet wipes can also clog a toilet. These include disinfecting wipes and baby wipes. These are absorbent materials that may stick to the sides of your plumbing fixtures.
  • Napkins or paper towels should not be flushed. The fabrics are also thick and can stick along the pipes.
  • Oil, grease, and solid materials should not be flushed. These can congeal and eventually produce a clog.
  • Don’t flush hair as it does not break down all that easily.
  • Don’t Flush Sanitary or Sexual Products –  Sanitary napkins and tampons can absorb lots of water and will not break down as well as toilet paper can. Condoms can also be sturdy enough to where they will not break apart.
  • Don’t Flush Pills –  Vitamins and medications can enter wastewater spaces in an area and eventually run off to the soil. The threat can cause the earth to become harmful. This is especially the case with many potentially dangerous medications. It is best to dispose of these pills at a drugstore instead.

Testing the Flushability of Items

The above list should help you understand what you should not flush. But you might still have some questions about specific items that you might wash. It helps to complete a flushability test that will help you figure out if you should be flushing certain things.

The test works with a few steps:

  1. Gather two separate bowls of the same size and fill them both with water.
  2. Add toilet paper to one bowl. Add the other item you are uncertain about in the separate bowl.
  3. Stir both items in the water.
  4. Stir the items again after an hour.
  5. You should look at how well the materials have disintegrated. The toilet water will have broken apart.

The Licensed Fort Worth Area Plumbers

Be sure to look at this test when seeing whether or not you should be flushing certain things. Use your general sense of judgment when figuring out what is appropriate. You can reach us at Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing if you have any further questions surrounding what you should and should not flush.


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