Flush the Idea of Flushing any of This

Or: How to See Your Local Plumber Much More Often than Desired

dreamstime_9956210As homeowners ourselves, we have to admit that we’ve made our fair share of home care and maintenance mistakes. That application of weed killer that effectively killed our lawn along with the dandelions; that well-meaning attempt at tree trimming that cost us our front bay window; and of course, that one time, where we …. well never mind.

So it is with the best intentions that we want to alert people to a common mistake that most homeowners make: flushing household products that should never be flushed. We understand how it happens. It says right there on that package of personal wipes that they’re “flushable”, which for all intents and purposes is the truth. Somewhat. Ya see, technically they are flushable. They will flush. They just can’t move through the underground pipes effectively and won’t break down in water in the same way that toilet paper does. Over time, these baby wipes will clog your pipes, backup your systems and cost you a pretty penny. So, if you are a big fan of these wipes, throw them out, don’t flush them.

And while we’re on our plumbing maintenance soap box, never flush these following items either:

  • paper towels
  • diapers
  • cigarettes
  • medications
  • kitty litter
  • condoms
  • first aid gauze or bandages 
  • cosmetics
  • feminine hygiene products

Basically, the rule of thumb for flushing is that if it’s not pee, poo or paper (the type for toilets), it doesn’t belong in your toilet. So save yourself the cost and frustration of another visit from your plumber and remember to treat your toilet with the care it deserves.

For everything from basic plumbing issues like clogged drains, to more complicated plumbing needs, call the team at Garvin’s Sewer Service Inc. We’re not Denver’s favorite plumbers for nothing.

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