There are only three things you can safely flush down the toilet into the sewer system —pee, poo and (toilet) paper. Just remember those three as the three Ps that you can flush. And don't forget, "flushable" wipes are not really flushable.... read more ›
Much like your kitchen sink drain, toilet drains can become clogged. The usual culprits are waste, an object, or even toilet paper, which can all get lodged in the drain.... continue reading ›
Only toilet paper is designed to break apart in pipes and sewers. Toilet paper goes through extensive testing to ensure that it disintegrates as it is flushed, other products remain intact and obstruct pipes. Don't be fooled by wipes packaging claims that these products are flushable. They are not.... see details ›
Wet wipes can cause serious damage to your home's plumbing. They don't dissolve and they clump together causing pipe clogs. Flushing wipes down the toilet might not be an immediate issue, however, the problems will arise later when the wipes move through the sewer system.... continue reading ›
On the other hand, in landfills, once the oxygen is gone, garbage-eating bacteria take over that don't require oxygen. But this process produces methane, which has about twenty times more global warming potential than carbon dioxide. So, from this perspective, it's clearly better to flush.... view details ›
THE SANITARY ISSUE:
Many Americans, Canadians, and Europeans object to the social custom of throwing used toilet paper in the wastebasket because it is unsanitary.... read more ›
Use Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Hot Water
Just like with clogged kitchen sinks, these three products can work wonders when dealing with clogged toilets. All you need to do is pour a cup of baking soda, 4 cups of boiling water, and a cup of vinegar into the toilet.... see details ›
The most common answer that comes up in all debates is anywhere from 4-8 squares of toilet paper. Any more and you risk clogging the toilet simply because you didn't count your squares. If for any reason you feel you need more, you can double flush (do your business, wipe, flush, wipe and flush again).... continue reading ›
So, clogs that are primarily made of toilet paper can clear themselves. So can clogs made of feces, which is mainly composed of water and will, on a long enough timeline, dissolve. The issue is that many toilet clogs are made of materials that are not soluble in water.... see details ›
There are only three things that you can flush down the toilet - urine, feces, and toilet paper. In other words, human waste, or the three Ps: pee, poo, and paper. The wastewater journey usually takes one of two directions.... continue reading ›
So you have some toilet paper, but is it safe to flush it down the toilet? If you're using a western toilet, it is usually ok to flush down used toilet paper, but if there's a disposal basket, trash them there instead.... view details ›
What Happens When You Flush Baby Wipes? Flushing baby wipes can quickly block sewer pipes and cause major plumbing problems in your community's sewer or your home's septic tank system. Fatbergs are just one example of plumbing issues caused by flushing inappropriate items, like wipes.... see details ›
Unlike toilet paper that usually breaks apart in about 24 hours or so, wet wipes will remain whole even when flushed down the bowl. Many plumbing experts would agree that wet wipes have been found intact within drain pipes even after months of being flushed.... continue reading ›
According to science, the correct way to hang toilet paper is "over." Why? Because "under" vastly increases the possibility that food-poisoning bacteria will spread from the restroom to the rest of the workplace.... see details ›
While Americans in particular are used to flushing their used toilet paper down the pipe, they must break that habit if they are traveling to Turkey, Greece, Beijing, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Bulgaria, Egypt and the Ukraine in particular. Restrooms will have special waste bins to place used toilet paper.... continue reading ›
Anything heavier than last night's menudo would rupture the sewage system and ruin the rancho's water supply, so used toilet paper must go in the wastebasket.... see more ›
Many people use muriatic acid. Muriatic acid is also known as hydrogen chloride acid. This is the yellow acid sold in grocery stores here. It works like magic on build up but also eats away at plastic toilet seats.... read more ›
Don't flush toilet paper in Greece
There's a very simple explanation: Greek sewage pipes are approximately two inches (50mm) in diameter. American and British plumbing is twice as large (four inches/100mm). The Greek pipes just get clogged.... view details ›
When your sewer line clogs due to toilet paper, it's best to wait for 15 or 20 minutes. Toilet paper should dissolve and go away, so you can flush the toilet to give it the extra push. If it doesn't decompose, you can wait for an hour or two more — that should be enough for a toilet paper clog to biodegrade.... view details ›
Toilet paper takes a long time to decompose.
Ideally, in the most perfect conditions, toilet paper will decompose in 1-3 years.... see more ›
In contrast to toilet paper, things like tissues and kitchen towels are designed to retain their strength as much as possible, especially when wet. Flush a tissue or paper towel down the toilet and it won't break down, at least not readily, so it's a prime candidate to clog your pipes.... view details ›
If the toilet is clogged from too much toilet paper, simply letting the full bowl sit for a few hours will sometimes do the trick. The paper will break down on its own and then you can flush it away [source: NaturalNews].... see more ›
Hydrochloric acid, also known and marketed commercially as muriatic acid, is sufficiently strong to dissolve paper.... read more ›
The clog will prevent the water from going down the drain, meaning it will overflow the toilet and get all over the floor. This can create a much bigger (and must smellier) mess. You should never flush a clogged toilet more than once.... read more ›
- Wet Wipes, Baby Wipes, or Any “Flushable” Wipe. ...
- Paper Towels and Tissues. ...
- Dental Floss, String, Hair, and Thread. ...
- Q-Tips, Cotton Balls/Pads, and Feminine Hygiene Products. ...
- Contact Lenses. ...
- Medication. ...
- Cooking Oil, Grease, or Fats. ...
Dish soap gives you another interesting way to deal with toilet clogs. The beauty of soap is that it reduces the surface tension of water. You can use that property to lubricate clogged baby wipes, allowing them to flow further down the toilet drain.... read more ›
Cleaners that contain sulfuric acid will dissolve baby wipes but they should be used with extreme caution. Protective gloves and goggles should be worn at all times when using sulfuric acid and you must ensure that the area is well ventilated at all times.... view details ›
Here's a guide… There's no hard and fast rule to how many times you should wipe, as every bowel movement is different. The best rule of thumb is to continue to use additional sheets of toilet paper until you feel clean. A quick glance at the paper can also help tell you if your bottom is clean or not (it's okay.... see more ›
When your sewer line clogs due to toilet paper, it's best to wait for 15 or 20 minutes. Toilet paper should dissolve and go away, so you can flush the toilet to give it the extra push. If it doesn't decompose, you can wait for an hour or two more — that should be enough for a toilet paper clog to biodegrade.... see more ›
However, the question remains: How long should you wait for a toilet to unclog itself? Our advice is to wait for no more than 60 minutes. It's good to be patient, but it's not good to have clogs in your toilet for too long.... read more ›
Toilet paper easily dissolves in water in a process that takes anywhere from one to four minutes. Toilet paper's quick-dissolve qualities are engineered to help it pass through pipes or septic systems, and to be processed by municipal sewer treatment plants.... view details ›
Hydrochloric acid, also known and marketed commercially as muriatic acid, is sufficiently strong to dissolve paper.... see more ›
Bleach does not dissolve toilet paper. Toilet paper is designed to break down in water. So, many times toilet paper clogs will resolve themselves in 1–2 hours. Stubborn toilet clogs are best cleared by plunging or using a snake to remove the clog.... continue reading ›
Hot Water and Dish Soap
Wait for 10-15 minutes while the dish soap and hot water soften the clog. Once you do so, the toilet will unclog and flush freely. Alternatively, you could use hot water and shampoo from the sink if you wish to clear your toilet without leaving your bathroom.... view details ›
In general, 1-ply toilet paper is the type recommended by plumbers. Even if you end up using more to counteract the thinner composition, 1-ply paper still breaks down faster. And that's the key to preventing toilet paper from clogging your pipes.... see details ›
Does paper dissolve in water? While there are various biodegradable paper options on the market that can quickly dissolve in water, most conventional paper is not so sensitive to water and therefore takes longer to break down.... continue reading ›
Paper only dissolves with a mixture of acid and heat. Paper is composed of cellulose, which is a byproduct of wood. With a little heat and some acidic liquid, you can dissolve paper quickly and efficiently.... view details ›
Paper towels are designed to be absorbent and strong, and don't dissolve quickly - which will result clogging of pipes. They are not intended to be flushed down the toilet. Throw used paper towels in the trash – or switch to cloth, which can be washed and reused.... see details ›