This may be a sensitive topic, but one that needs everyone’s attention.
When you flush, just because it disappears from your view, items can still cause issues down the pipe.
What Can I Flush Down the Toilet?
Only flush the 3 P’s: pee, poo and toilet paper. Toilet paper is specifically designed to break down in the water. Although paper towels, napkins, and facial tissue appear to be the same material, they do not disintegrate in water like toilet paper.
Any items flushed other than toilet paper can create costly clogs in your home pipes, community sewer pipes or our lift stations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages all Americans to only flush toilet paper any other items that should be disposed of in the trash.
Flushable wipes are NOT flushable!
DO NOT Flush These Items Down the Toilet:
- Disinfecting, Baby, or Flushable Wipes
- Paper Towels
- Facial Tissue/Napkins
- Feminine Care Products
Not only do clogs affect our pipes, but they can affect yours, potentially causing a basement backup and could cost you thousands of dollars to fix.
What Can I Pour Down My Drain?
Dispose of all fats, oils, and grease in the garbage. This includes butter, cooking oils, fry oil, oils, dairy, and grease left from cooking meats and/or anything else that gels or solidifies at room temperature.
While these will go down the drain or toilet when warm or with soap, as they cool or mix with water they solidify in your pipes creating a clog that is very messy and difficult to remove.
Never pour or flush hard chemicals, paint, oil, pesticides, cement, plaster, medications or more than the recommended amount of drain cleaner down your drains.