Toilets are often seen as magic, porcelain transporters. Once whatever’s in the bowl gets flushed away, it’s seemingly out of sight, destined to never comingle with the likes of humanity again, right? Wrong.
Just ask the professional plumbers that have to haul over to your home at ungodly hours to perform emergency plumbing services on your drains or sewers. And if this hasn’t happened to you yet, be grateful. Professional plumbing repair is a lengthy and expensive endeavor that should be avoided at all costs. Even simple toilet drain cleaning can cost you a pretty penny if you’re not careful.
In your question for a pristine porcelain throne and pipes, be sure to NEVER flush these 3 things down the toilet:
While in a sense, all waste that goes down the toilet was once food, our bodies do this handy thing of breaking down the food, making it a flushable entity. Flushing pure fats and oils down the toilet, for example, turns the pipe into an artery of sorts, making for severe blockage and possible backup issues in the future, leading to a serious need for toilet drain cleaning.
I know the stereotypical way to put our dearly departed pet fishes to rest is by flushing the little critter down the toilet, but rest assured, it’s better if you refrain. The bones and skin of fish are difficult to break down, and may form masses, creating blockage and similar damage.
- Tampons and Cotton Products
It takes a lot for cotton product to break down in pipes and sewage systems. After months or years of accumulation, serious blockage could transpire, calling for repair. When these kinds of blockage occurs, the specialist has to hand-pick the cotton mass apart, so do them a favor and opt for the garbage next time.
What’s the weirdest thing you have ever flushed down the toilet? Let us know in the comments below!