It seems whenever there is a national crisis, panic buying ensues. This month, we have seen a panic buy of toilet paper. If you are one of the unlucky few that is out of toilet paper and can’t find any to buy at a reasonable price, you’re probably using substitutes. Using substitutes for toilet paper is fine, but flushing them is not. Here’s what you need to know.
Wipes Are Never Flushable
Yes, some wipes tout claims of being flushable, but the fact of the matter is that these wipes do not break down. They can cause serious clogs in your drains and sewer line, especially if a smaller clog was already forming. Never flush any kind of adult or baby wipes.
Paper Towels and Tissues
It may seem as though paper towels, tissues, and toilet paper would all be in the same family, but in reality these three things are very different. Paper towels are made to be absorbent. They do not dissolve like toilet paper. That means paper towels can clog your drains just as badly as wipes.
Tissues are also very different from toilet paper. They are made to be soft and durable enough that you can blow your nose and not get it all over your hand. Because they are more durable than toilet paper, they, too, will not be able to break down in the sewers like toilet paper can.
Never Flush Anything But Toilet Paper
The bottom line is that you cannot flush anything but toilet paper. You should not flush wipes, paper towels, tissues, or cotton products. While there are many potential substitutes for toilet paper while supplies are scarce, none of them are acceptable for your pipes and sewer line.
If you have questions about what is acceptable for your plumbing, or if you have gotten a clog from flushing one of these items, contact us today for more information or to schedule service.