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Do you ever think about what goes down your toilet after you flush? Aside from the normal human waste, what else goes down the drain on your property?

It is a good idea to monitor the products being put down your pipes as you can easily damage sewer pipes and cause blockages.

It may seem easier to just wash down anything down your sewer systems, but you are doing more harm than you realise.

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The best rule of thumb to follow is only ever flush toilet paper and of course, human waste. And even though pipes are durable and made to withstand high pressure, there are certain household items that will cause problems for your drains in the long term.

Disposable wipes are a product that is definitely not safe to put down your drainage system.

The only 'flushable products' are toilet paper, water and human waste.

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Should you flush wet wipes down the toilet?

The short answer is no. Items such as wet wipes and paper towels should not be flushed down the toilet. Wet wipes and other disposable wipes are designed to hold water.

Their strength allows them to stay intact for a period of time. On the other hand, toilet paper is biodegradable and specifically designed to break down effectively once it is wet.

Toilet paper can easily disintegrate whereas baby wipes and other wet wipes are made from thicker material and take much longer to break apart.

The problem with wipes down wastewater systems is the risk of clogs. Flushing many wipes will eventually back up the sewer system. They might get stuck to the pipework and joins which creates an obstruction through the line.

Eventually, the drainage system will have to be cleared out using a high-pressure jet blaster. This can be a costly process and can only be carried out by a professional drain plumber.

Be careful with companies and manufacturers labelling their products as 'flushable'. Be aware of false labels and misleading branding when it comes to certain household products.

Some industries use certain wording or branding to appeal to people but their claims may not always be true.

Baby wipes are great for cleaning babies and disinfecting wipes are perfect for surfaces around your home. These are built thick and strong.

You can easily throw it in the garbage bin when you are finished. Anything that is labelled 'flushable' is a problem for your sewer drain.

You should only use a material that is safest for the environment and for your home plumbing. Toilet paper, water and human waste are truly safe to flush.

What should go down your sink?

Non-flushable objects and materials should be disposed of in a suitable garbage unit. This will help to prevent blockages and stop harmful chemicals from entering our wastewater system. This doesn't just stop at your toilet system.

The same rule goes for your kitchen and bathroom drain. Certain cooking products like vegetable oil are very thick in consistency and once it cools down, it might harden and attach to pipe walls. Small food products can escape down your sink.

You will be left with a foul odour from rotting food inside the pipework of your kitchen.

Hair and soapy products like shampoo in your bathroom can build up and wash down the sink. Hair and soap in the shower drain is a big cause for bathroom drain blockages.

To clear a clogged up sink takes time and can affect other areas of your home and plumbing.

What you can do for your toilets and drains

12 Everyday Items You Should Never Flush Down Your Toilet | Better Homes & Gardens

Do not use 'flushable wipes' down your toilet drain. You should stick to flushing water and toilet paper. Wipes do not have the ability to break down like standard toilet paper.

They are made to hold water very well which makes it a problem for pipelines and the environment.

In your kitchen, search for a good drain strainer. You can find these in your nearest hardware store. They can catch stray food items before being washed down the sink. When you are finished with your cooking, pour the leftover oil into a garbage bag and dispose of it in the bin.

Make the better choice for your property and keep non-flushable objects such as wet wipes out of the drains.

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