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Your sewer system is not a trash can.
This may seem obvious to some people, but to others, it is not so obvious.
People often use their toilets, sinks, or floor drains as garbage cans because it's convenient to not have to walk all the way to the garbage can just to fill it up with items that you will subsequently have to take out to the outside can and place on the sidewalk on "trash day." Why do 1 when you can just flush small items down the toilet? It will not clog anything up right? Wrong!
Let's look at two items that people often flush down the toilet that end up being quite bad for your sewer lines.
The first is paper towels. You wouldn't use toilet paper to clean up the tough messes in the kitchen would you? No, of course not! Toilet paper is too thin to clean up big messes and when it gets wet it practically disintegrates in your hands. These characteristics are bad for clean up, but great for keeping your pipes from clogging up. Paper towel on the other hand is made to stay firm when it gets wet. This means that if you use too much of it and flush it down your toilet, you are going to get a very tough clog that will need expert assistance in order to dislodge the clog.
The second item is floss. Floss seems so easy to just put in the toilet bowl when you are finished with it, and what effect could it really have on pipes? 1 's so small and thin. Yes, floss is thin and it would never be big enough to cause a clog within the pipes, but it still does cause serious damage. Floss will get stuck on the rough interior of old piping, and when it snags and gets all tangled within the pipe, it acts as a fishing net and catches floating debris that would have otherwise floated by with no difficulty.
So instead of making decisions based on the short term convenience of not walking to the garbage can, think about the long term problems that can be caused by your flushing items other than toilet paper down your toilet. By not flushing the paper towels and floss into your sewer systems, you may be saving yourself a good amount of money in the long run by not having to pay to fix the problems caused by these items.