Posted on 9/21/2012

It's important to realize that your toilet is not a trashcan; even the average homeowner may not realize there are some things that shouldn't be tossed down the commode. A good rule of thumb is to use the toilet only for what it's designed for: toilet tissue and waste. Abusing your toilet is a good way to cause a clog and a call to your plumber, or even necessitate replacement of the commode itself.

  • Facial Tissue: When you blow your nose or cover a sneeze, toss your tissue in the trash. These tissues aren't designed to break apart in water like toilet paper. In fact, they're designed to be strong even in moist conditions—it’s what they’re for. A buildup of tissues can quickly cause a thick clog in your sewer line.
  • Foreign Objects: It’s happened to just about everyone with children. A toy car, your hapless cell phone, a pencil — any object such as this can be lodged within your toilet and cause a plumbing nightmare. You should always monitor your children around the bath, and double-check that you don't put anything harmful down the toilet yourself.
  • Trash: Paper, cigarette butts, wrappers, small objects and other types of trash should never end up in the toilet. They may not cause a clog on their own, but frequent use of your toilet as a garbage disposal can quickly cause a build up, and that next gum wrapper may end up being the straw that breaks the camel's back.
  • Sanitary Supplies: Feminine sanitary supplies should be disposed of properly according to their packaging instructions. Most of these products are designed to absorb water, and they often increase in size when doing so. This is a perfect recipe for a clog.
  • Cotton Swabs: Cotton swabs can be made from cardboard or plastic, but even the cardboard style can become lodged sideways in a toilet. It can cause regular harmless toilet tissue to pile up and cause a clog. On that note, avoid overloading your toilet with toilet tissue. Flush several times if necessary.
For more tips on keeping your toilet in great condition and avoiding problems, contact Arrow Plumbing, Inc. You can head to our website to schedule an appointment, or call us at (847) 549-9600 for additional information.