What Not to Flush
Your sewer system is designed to handle only two things: human waste and toilet paper. Everything else that ends up in the sewer can cause serious problems such as sewage spills, sewer back-ups and costly damage to wastewater treatment equipment.
Your on-site wastewater treatment plant is a biological treatment system. Certain chemicals can affect the biological activity and cause interruption in service and possibly shut down the operation of the wastewater treatment plant.
Below is a list of the items that you should never flush down the toilet or pour down a drain:
- Fats, oils and greases. These include everything from bacon grease to motor oil. Grease hardens in the pipes to cause serious blockages.
- Plastic, latex and rubber items
- Condoms, tampon applicators and latex gloves
- Toys and balloons
- Medical items
- Medications, vitamins, needles, bandages and gauze
- Paper products (other than toilet paper)
- Paper towels, personal or cleaning wipes, facial tissue, pads or tampons, toilet seat covers and diapers
- Food items
- Meat, vegetable and other food scraps
- Personal items
- Cosmetics, dental floss, cotton balls and swabs
- Household items and refuse
- Hair, cigarette butts, cloth, drinking straws and string
- Harsh chemicals
- Strong cleaning products
- Paints and varnishes
- Toilet bowl scrubbing pads