Seven Things That Should Not Go Down the Toilet in Your Home

Like most San Antonio households, yours is probably busy with children, pets and a constant hubbub that can sometimes overwhelm you and your plumbing. Among the most common plumbing emergencies is a clogged toilet, caused by some things that should not go down the drain. You may be surprised, however, about seven categories of things that should not go down—or the reasons they are troublemakers.

1. Expanding Things That Should Not Go Down the Toilet

If it can expand when wet, do not flush it! This means saying no to:

  • Disposable diapers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Tampons and sanitary napkins

2. Too Tough for Toilets

Some things are simply too hard to break down or too large to move easily through your San Antonio home’s pipes:

  • Disposables—paper towels, napkins, disposable floor cleaning pads, dryer sheets, makeup remover pads and baby wipes
  • Dental floss—its long string (usually non-biodegradable nylon) can snag and gather other clogging matter
  • Cotton balls, swabs and gauze pads—almost impossible to remove when they clog

3. Chemical Things That Should Not Go Down There

The toilet does not neutralize chemicals. Keep chemicals out of your well water or sewer system:

  • Cosmetics and makeup
  • Prescription drugs

4. Inflatables

Among the things that should not go down the toilet are items that, if they gather an air pocket, can inflate and clog your toilet:

  • Cleaning gloves
  • Condoms
  • Party balloons

5. Natural No-Nos

Just because they are natural does not make them harmless:

  • Hair—one of the supreme clog creators
  • Cat litter—yes, it is clay, but it is also parasite-bearing feces that can harm ocean life
  • Food fat—grease and fat are the stuff of legendary kitchen clogs, so why would you put them down the toilet?

6. Sticky Stuff

All things that carry waterproof adhesive into the toilet are things that should not go down the commode:

  • Adhesive bandages
  • Chewing gum

7. Circle of Life

Our beloved pets large and small are not suitable for burial at sea:

  • Goldfish
  • Small rodents
  • Reptiles

To learn more about proper care of your San Antonio home’s toilet, contact us at Beyer Boys.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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