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Sewage Backup Orlando: Things That Should Be Never Flushed

Published by 911 Restoration Orlando on August 21, 2014 in category: Sewage Backup

Life has many unspoken rules about what should never be said in polite (or impolite) company. If you are at a dinner party you should never bring up religion or politics. A polite person should never make fun of a lady’s dress or someone’s choice of shoes. You don’t go to your company’s Labor Day Barbecue and loudly discuss how drunk you got the night before.You don’t go to a Thanksgiving dinner with your fiancé and complain that her Mom (your future Step Mom) burned the turkey. We all have a million things we’d like to say that we don’t say because … well, you just don’t say that in public. That is something life and toilets have in common. Just like life, there are certain things you just don’t do to your toilet, and there are certain things you should never flush down a toilet. Our sewage backup Orlando team have seen hundreds, nay thousands, of toilet overflows. The one thing that almost all these toilet overflows have in common is that they all started as an impolite flush. We have compiled a list of things you should never ever flush down a toilet. If you heed this advice you may avoid the need for our sewage backup and cleanup team.

The 10 Things That Should Never Be Flushed in Polite Company

Some of these items will be obvious, some not so obvious, and some of these things you’ve probably already flushed down your toilet.

  • Never flush condoms down a toilet. The word condom can elicit a blush from the gentle minded, but condoms can seriously clog your toilet. So, after enjoying the act of love, make sure you dispose of your condoms by throwing them in a trash can. If you want to be discreet, wrap it in a piece of tissue paper. The same is true for sanitary products like tampons and Maxipads.
  • Just because paper towels and tissues are paper, it doesn’t mean you can flush them down the toilet. Toilet paper is made to break down in a sewage system and degrade. Paper towels and tissues don’t break down as fast. In fact, because paper towels are made to be super absorbent, they will wad into a ball and cause an instant overflow. The only type of paper that should go in your toilet is toilet paper.
  • Kitty Litter. This one ought to be obvious but many people still labor under the delusion that kitty litter can be flushed. It can’t. Kitty litter is super absorbent and made out of clay or sand. Kitty litter will not only provoke a sewage backup, it will destroy your toilet.

In All Things Practice Common Sense

Figuring out what you can flush down a toilet is a lot like figuring out what you should and should not say in polite company. First, use a bit of common sense. If it doesn’t seem like a good idea to flush something down the toilet, don’t flush it. If the worst happens and a foreign object finds its way into your toilet and causes it to overflow call our sewage backup Orlando team. We can repair the water damage from an overflow and prevent it from happening again.

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