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Do Not Flush These Things Down Your Toilet

Simply put, certain things should never be flushed down a toilet. NYC plumbing is known to be finicky, and so if you flush the wrong items, it could clog your system. When you only have one toilet in your home, a clog can be catastrophic. Below, we’ve compiled a small list of things that should never be flushed and the reasons why you should never flush them. If you do experience a clog, reach out for the best plumber Manhattan has.

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Never flush:

Baby wipes/wet wipes should not be flushed, even when the packaging says flushable. In NYC, these wipes are known to be one of the most common causes of toilet clogs. These wipes will not disintegrate in water the same way that toilet paper does. Wipes tend to get caught in the bends of pipes, which causes backups.

Feminine hygiene products should never be flushed. Tampons and pads are designed to absorb water. They do not break down in the water. When you flush them, they expand as a result of all the water.

Dental floss turns into a net when flushed, and so you should avoid it at all costs, the net catches and holds other debris being flushed, which causes clogs and backups.

Kitty litter should not be flushed. Most toilets do not use enough water when flushing to move the litter through your pipes safely. The litter just adds more things to the water, which makes purifying water more difficult.

It would be best if you also avoided flushing:

  1. Paper towels
  2. Condoms
  3. Hair
  4. Cigarette butts
  5. Diapers
  6. Gum
  7. Cooking grease
  8. Food
  9. Bleach

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For more information about cleaning a clogged toilet, reach out for a Manhattan plumber.

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