What goes down the drain is often out of sight, out of mind. We assume that as long as it’s liquid it’ll safely flow through our pipes and away from our homes without a trace. However, what most homeowners don’t realize is that certain items should never go down your sink or toilet; not only can they cause serious damage to your plumbing system but they can also be hazardous to you and the environment! In this blog post we are going to take a look at three everyday items which you should avoid flushing – so keep reading to find out more!
Disposable Wipes and Baby Wipes
Disposable wipes and baby wipes, although marketed as flushable, should never be flushed down the toilet. Many wipes contain synthetic materials that don’t dissolve easily when exposed to water and can quickly build up in pipes and can clog sewage systems. Additionally, these wipes are often treated with chemicals like chlorine or bromine which have deleterious environmental effects after they enter our waterways.
Tampons, pads, and other sanitary products should also never be flushed down the toilet. These items do not break down quickly in water and can create blockages that cause serious damage to pipes and sewage systems. They are also full of plastic components which leach harmful chemicals into our rivers and oceans over time when they eventually make their way there.
Pharmaceutical medications should never be flushed down the toilet for a variety of reasons; drugs like antibiotics, hormones, antidepressants, etc., can cause health problems for fish if they enter aquatic ecosystems through wastewater. Additionally, some medications are difficult to filter out from water sources even through advanced filtration treatments, meaning that people drinking from those water sources could inadvertently ingest medication from flushed pharmaceuticals.
As a courtesy to your plumbing and the environment, avoid flushing these three items down the toilet. You may think you are being friendly to your pipes by giving them a little help breaking things down, but it is better to dispose of these materials in another way. Otherwise, you will end up needing to call a Medford NJ plumber to unclog your drain or make additional repairs if needed. If you have any questions about what can or cannot be flushed, give us a call. We would be happy to help clear up any confusion and answer any questions you may have about your home’s plumbing system.