9 Things Never To Do To Your House Or Apartment

flush down the toilet

4) Don’t flush paper towels, or feminine hygiene products down the toilet

This is going to be a sensitive topic. What, and what not, to flush down the toilet. For anyone who has had to clean up a sewage backup, you will know the importance of what can and cannot be flushed down the toilet.

The first thing you need to realize is that your sewer pipes are probably not as clean as you think. Big surprise, I know. However, I am talking about cracks, fissures, tree roots, and solid waste that is left behind and dries to form a sort of anchor for passing by debris. Toilet paper is designed to break up very quickly once exposed to water for any period of time. This enables the toilet paper to safely be flushed down the toilet, and easily flow to the sewers outside your house without causing clogs. Now, think of paper towels which are designed to clean up messes and not dissolve. Because that paper towel is strong and thicker it will catch onto all those cracks, and tree roots and essentially help form a barrier, narrowing the passage of sewage. Feminine Hygiene products are even worse as they will not only absorb water to make a bigger barrier, but they can also expand to form a web-like surface to block anything from getting through your sewer pipe. This eventually results in a sewer pipe back-up, the time and money to clean it up, and a seriously upset significant other.