Is it really "flushable"?

'What is flushable' is generally a question that children ask when they are playing around and want to see what can be flushed down the toilet. With children, this could be a science experiment gone wrong and could really mess up your plumbing. In fact, you may even have to replace your toilet and drains if your child decides to repeatedly flush toys or other objects down the toilet. If you purchase a home and you have children, it is always a good idea to educate them that the only things that should go down the toilet are the right amount of toilet paper and the normal amount of human waste.

However, adults are just as much at fault when it comes to clogging toilets that have to be professionally rescued. It's really amazing about how many calls we have received over the years because of what homeowners have decided to flush down their toilets. There is a whole list of items that you should not flush down your toilet, but there is a simple rule to follow: Only use the toilet for its intended purpose. Honestly, you do not want to have a toilet clogged while you call a plumber and wait for them to take the time to come to your home in an emergency.

After our 30 years in the field, here are some of the things that we have had to retrieve in order to get a homeowner's toilet working again:

  • Kleenex 
  • Hair
  • Paper Towels 
  • Q-Tips
  • Feminine Products 
  • Diapers
  • Dental Floss
  • Food

And would you even believe Persimmons? At George Salet Plumbing, we have definitely seen it all. So do yourself a favor and throw everything that isn't flushable in the garbage. As well, check out our helpful section on what can't go down the garbage disposal. That way, you will only see us when we need to install your new refrigerator, gas line, or faucets.

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