Posted on 3/15/2016

There are three things that you can safely flush down your toilet: water, waste, and toilet paper. If you attempt to flush anything else down it, you will likely need to call a plumber sooner than later because of a clogged toilet. You will also put a serious strain on your plumbing system. You can avoid plumbing problems in Libertyville, IL, by being mindful of what you flush down your toilet. Here are a few items that you should definitely not attempt to flush at any time.

Paper Towels

You flush toilet paper down your toilet every day, so what’s the difference between doing that and flushing paper towels? The difference is that toilet paper is designed to break down as soon as it hits the water in your toilet, and it will often disintegrate before it reaches the sewer. Paper towels, on the other hand, will not break down in your plumbing system and will often clog your plumbing pipes. If you flush them all the time, you will eventually need a plumber to clear your clogged pipes for you. The same goes for other paper products, diapers, and items that won’t disintegrate once they enter your plumbing system.


Hair will break down over time since it is biodegradable. The problem is that it won’t always break down as quickly as you need it to. As a result, it may clump up and get stuck in your plumbing pipes and cause issues. You should dispose of hair in your regular trash can and reduce the risk associated with it ending up in your plumbing system.

Flushable Wipes

These wipes are advertised as being “flushable,” but in most instances, they don’t disintegrate quickly enough after you flush them. Many municipalities across the country have found that flushable wipes are causing major sewer clogs and damaging the plumbing pipes of homeowners. You should avoid using them to prevent problems.

Arrow Plumbing Inc. can send a plumber to your home in the event of a clogged toilet. Call us at (847) 984-3258 to schedule an appointment.