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3 Commonly-Flushed Items You Should NOT Flush

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The plumbing and septic system is an imperative part of your home's function and your family's needs. Considering the toilet is capable of easily removing waste, you may flush items in the hopes of disposing items without much thought or care. Unfortunately, you may be unknowingly placing an excessive amount of stress on the toilets in your home by flushing items that can damage your plumbing and septic system. With this guide, you will understand the dangers of flushing these commonly-flushed items.


If you have children or pets in the home, you may think disposing old or unused medications in the toilet is smart for keeping them safe. However, flushing medications can damage your toilet and your underlying septic system.

Most medications contain chemicals that can contaminate your local water sources and groundwater. In addition, these chemicals are capable of killing off good bacteria in the environment, increasing your risk of pollution that can affect your respiratory system.

To dispose of your medications in a safe, non-toxic manner, consider bringing them to a take-back location near your home.


There are a two types of wipes that may be common items in your home. Bathroom wipes are used to clean yourself after using the bathroom. In addition, cleaning wipes are readily available in stores, offering a convenient option for washing surfaces in your bathroom. Unfortunately, these cleaning wipes are also commonly flushed down the toilet.

Both bathroom and cleaning wipes may be  labeled "flushable," but they should not be placed in the toilet. In most cases, the wipes are made from a thick material that is too dense to break down properly inside the toilet. If they are unable to break down, the wipes will build up inside the toilet, clogging up the drain.

Over time, the wipes can continue building up inside the toilet drain, possibly causing your septic system to back up. Repairing a backed-up septic system is possible, but it is a costly and overwhelming project.


Flushing prophylactics down your toilet may seem like a fast and easy option for disposing this method of having safe sex, but it can damage your plumbing and septic system.

Prophylactics, or condoms, are made out of latex, which is unable to break down inside your toilet and septic system. The latex will not only clog up your toilet drain and septic lines, but it also mixes with residue in your sewage system. This leads to a heavier amount of buildup that will eventually lead to a complete failure of your septic system.

To dispose of your used condoms in a safer manner, wrap them in toilet tissue and place in your trash can.

Medications, cleaning wipes, and condoms may all seem "flushable," but you should avoid disposing of these items in your toilet. With the help of this guide and your plumber, you will know what not to flush to avoid annoying clogs and overwhelming septic system failures. For more information, contact a company like Aurora Plumbing and Electric Supply, Inc.