Toilets can be incredibly sensitive. One of the last things any homeowner wants to do is damage their toilet or cause it to clog by flushing the wrong material. Any professional Plumber NYC will tell you that human waste and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed down the toilet.
Unfortunately, this is a message that many homeowners don’t always follow. The following are just a few of the many items that have caused problems when flushed down the toilet: facial tissues; baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, and moist wipes; toilet bowl scrub pads; swiffers, napkins (paper or cloth) and paper towels; dental floss; eggshells, nutshells, and coffee grounds; fats, oils, and greases; sheet plastic, or plastic of any kind; sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, or any non-organic material; hair; vitamins, medicines or other pharmaceuticals; and diapers.
Homeowners can perform a “flushability test” on their toilets if they are still unsure on what can and cannot be flushed. To start the test, fill two bowls with water. Place toilet paper in one of the bowls and the other bowl should be filled with the item that you’d like to flush. You will notice that the toilet paper will start to disintegrate almost immediately while the other item will remain intact. Unless the other item dissolves as quickly as the toilet paper, then it should be thrown in the garbage.
Flushing items down the toilet that shouldn’t be there can cause clogging. If a clogging issue does arise, Plumbers NYC should be contacted immediately to fix the problem.