We know how it goes. You are in a rush or there’s no bag in the trashcan, so you throw whatever you are holding in the toilet. It isn’t until your toilet overflows that you are forced to think about what should and should not go down the pipes. Since we offer help with emergency plumbing in Toronto, we see a lot of strange things tossed into the bowl, so we’ve compiled a quick list of things you shouldn’t be chucking into the porcelain to save you some time and frustration. Read on:
- Paper towels: In theory, paper towels are like large squares of toilet paper. But in reality, they are way thicker and much more dense than their bum-bound cousin. While it may seem harmless to drop a paper towel into the toilet, they can clog a weaker system, which can lead to overflows, system backups and costly water damage.
- Q-tips: Now, everyone should know that tossing a Q-tip down the toilet is a bad plan, but sadly, not everyone does. Think of them as tiny logs that a tiny toilet beaver might use to dam things up. Though one or two by themselves might not cause a big issue, they are quick to get stuck in your plumbing pipes and collect things like toilet paper and waste and cause a backup. Also, because of how they are made, Q-tips take a long time to breakdown and won’t immediately go away.
- Facial cleansing pads: After a long day, it may be tempting to toss the makeup remover cloth into the toilet and flush it away, but it could make your already long day even longer. Sure, it may have gone down without a fight the last few times you did it, but the thick pads can jam up a toilet, and quickly. Truth be told, they are too thick for most average toilets and should always be thrown away in the trash. Otherwise, you could end up needing emergency plumbing in Toronto.
- Feminine hygiene products: You may notice when you travel that most airplanes seem to ask that you not flush feminine hygiene products. This is because the absorbent material rapidly expands when given the space, and can clog toilets like nothing else. What’s more is that the first tampon will not always clog the system—they can linger in the system and catch other things, too. Homes with septic tanks are also susceptible to problems caused by flushed tampons and liners. In general, it’s best to dispose of these products via the trashcan to avoid problems with your toilets.
- Prophylactics: Much like feminine hygiene products, prophylactics can wreak havoc on plumbing. Not only do latex products like condoms not break down in water, but their elastic nature can also lead to them getting stuck and causing larger problems down the line. So always be sure to throw these products, as well as wrappers, into the trashcan and not the toilet.
If you need emergency plumbing in Toronto, give the team at Rooter Group Inc. a call—we’re your go-to emergency rooter service, on call 24 hours a day!