Things you can’t flush facts from Reliable Contractor Services, a firm offering plumbing, drainage and foundation waterproofing services in Northeast Ohio. When you use your toilet, shower, washing machine or dishwasher, wastewater leaves your home through pipes that connect to the city sewer system. If your toilet is clogged in the Northeast Ohio call the Experts at Reliable Contractor Services aka Reliable basement & Drain LLC.

Many materials frequently flushed or poured down the drain can harm the pipes that connect to city sewers as well as the city sewer system. Every property owner connected to the city sewer system can be a potential contributor to sewer problems, and a potential victim of those problems.

Putting the wrong things down the drain can damage the sewer system, cause sewer backups in your home, and sewer releases to the environment. Anyone who uses the city sewer system should be responsible for what they flush or pour down drains.

This video from United Utilities illustrates what happens when people flush the wrong things(to a parady song of MC Hammer’s “ U Can’t Touch This”.

 

Want More Evidence?

For more information and to see some research on this topic, watch this video from the Water Environment Federation.

Don’t Flush This

Basically, the only things you should ever flush down a toilet are human waste (urine and feces) and toilet paper. Even though some products such as wipes and baby diapers claim to be flushable, they aren’t. Here is a list of some things to keep out of the toilet.

  • disposable diapers
  • tampons and tampon applicators
  • sanitary napkins
  • cotton balls and swabs
  • mini or maxi pads
  • condoms
  • cleaning wipes of any kind
  • facial tissue
  • bandages and bandage wrappings
  • automotive fluids
  • paint, solvents, sealants and thinners
  • poisons and hazardous waste
  • pet poop

Unused Medications

Do not flush unused medications down the toilet. You can safely dispose of medications in the garbage, or take medications to an approved prescription drug take-back site or event.

Get Food and Drug Administration guidance on disposing of unwanted medications.

See a list of free prescription drug take-back sites in Ohio.

Get information about drug take-back programs approved by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)

Grease in sewer pipes causes sewer maintenance problems for property owners and the city. Never pour grease in your sink drain and try to use your garbage disposal less.

Reliable Contractor Services provides expert Northeast Ohio residential, commercial, municipal and industrial plumbing, drainage and foundation waterproofing services.

With Over 10,000 customers since 1999, we have a Better Business Bureau A+ rating and are a multiple recipient of the Angie’s List Super Service award. OH license #23730. We also provide new technology solutions in Trenchless Pipe, Sewer Jetting Vacuum Services, and Genera and Hydro Excavation. 24/7 Emergency Services available.

Other services include sewer cleaning and backflow devices, septic tank repair/replacement, water heaters, sump pump installation and PumpSpy sump pump monitoring system certified installer, video pipe inspection and high pressure jetting.

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