Top 10 List of Items that Don't Go in the Toilet

 

We plumbers see all kinds of things in the pipes that shouldn't be there. Using the toilet as a trash can, well, it's just so convenient. Flush and it's gone. But think before you drop it and push that lever. Inspired by David Letterman, I have this Top 10 List of items that don't go into the toilet.

   

Basically, if it doesn't come off the roll or out of the human body, then toss it, don't flush it (and this even includes a dead gold fish).

   

This is especially true in our area because many residences in Trussville, Clay, Pinson, Springville, Moody, and Leeds are on a septic tank. (Still applies if you are on sewer, some even more so.)

   

The #10 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Floss - doesn't degrade.

The #9 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Grease and oil - clogs the drains like it does your arteries.

The #8 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Adhesive bandages (Band Aids) - whether cloth or plastic, they don't degrade.

The #7 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Medications - contrary to what you see in the movies, don't. They contaminate the water system. 

The #6 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Flushable wipes - disregard what the contains says, still not recommended by the experts.

The #5 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Tampons and pads - designed to expand, causing clogs.

The #4 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Paper towels - not the same as toilet paper, doesn't flush as well.

The #3 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Kitty litter - belongs in the litter box and trash.

The #2 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Hair - it falls of the body; it doesn't come out of the body.

And the #1 item that doesn't go in the toilet: Condoms - (do I even have to say it?) doesn't degrade.

 

Save yourself the expense and embarrassment of flushing when you should be trashing.

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