Dealing with a sewage backup on your property is a major hassle. Plus there are the costs associated with cleaning up a major sewage problem. Therefore, the more you can do to properly care for your sewage systems, the better. Proper disposal of items within sewage systems is part of overall sewer system care. Some items just aren’t meant to be put into a sewage system, and knowing what these items are is a great place to begin. Here are three things you should never dispose of in a sewage system and why.
The first thing we commonly see causing severe sewage system blockage is feminine hygiene products. Unfortunately, many of these products simply are not able to be disposed of within sewage systems. As a result, flushing these items down the toilet can create severe blockages over time – or even with one occurrence. Pads, tampons, and other feminine hygiene products are best disposed of in a trash can. Even if these products are labeled as toilet-safe, it’s best to err on the side of caution and throw them away instead, or you could be looking at a messy sewage backup around the corner.
Baby and Wet Wipes
Along those same lines, many wet wipes advertise themselves as flushable. However, even flushable wipes can cause clogs or backups over time, especially in older and more susceptible sewer systems. Therefore, these should always be thrown away, not flushed down the drain. Baby wipes add up fast so it might be tempting to just give them a quick flush. After all, they don’t seem to be much bigger or thicker than some types of toilet tissue. However, they are simply not designed to be flushed and processed by sewage systems. All wet wipes and baby wipes should be thrown away to avoid sewage system blockages.
Paper Towels and Facial Tissues
Finally, all of your paper towels and facial tissues belong in the trash. Most paper towels are absorbent and thick. They are designed to wipe messes in your home. Therefore, disposing of them in sewage systems can quickly cause them to absorb liquid in sewage plumbing, creating a severe blockage. Facial tissues cause the same issues since they are designed to be absorbent and often contain lotion treatments that are unsafe for toilet disposal.
Contact Extreme Carpet Care and Restoration
Hopefully, you won’t have to face a sewage backup or toilet overflow on your property. However, we are here to help if you experience any sewage systems problems with 24/7 emergency water damage restoration services at Extreme Carpet Care and Restoration. Just give us a call anytime at 850-518-6833 to get started.