Things You Shouldn’t Flush Down the Toilet

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When you own a home with a septic tank system, you have to be more responsible about your water usage and you really have to be aware of what you can and can’t flush down the toilet. Homeowners flushing inappropriate items and liquids down the toilet are among the most common reasons why septic pumping in Rocky Point NC occurs.
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Here are some of the most common things that get flushed down the toilet that never should.


Surprisingly, both disposable diapers and cloth diapers often find their way into septic systems via flushing where they sit and risk clogging up the system because they simply aren’t biodegradable. Flush enough diapers down the toilet and you’ll wind up suffering an expensive septic tank repair or replacement.

Latex Products

Anything made from latex, including gloves and condoms, should never be flushed down the toilet because they won’t break down inside the septic tank. Adding to the risk is the fact that they could make their way into the drain field where they can ultimately cause a clog.

Cotton Products

Cotton-based items need to be thrown out in the trash, not flushed down the toilet because they are not biodegradable and they will clog the septic pump impeller, causing the motor to burn out. Such items include cotton swabs, cotton balls, cigarette butts, clothes dryer sheets, sanitary napkins and panty liners, paper towels, and facial tissues.

Plastic Products

Items made out of plastic, like latex, will not break down in the septic tank and this can cause a wide array of problems. Common plastics found flushed down the toilet include plastic bags, dental floss, toys, and other types of garbage and scrap.

Disposable Wipes

Even though the packaging says the wipes are biodegradable, they may not be good for use with septic tank systems. If your system has a septic pump, a grinder pump, or a sewage ejector pump, these types of wipes can clog the pump impeller resulting in expensive pump damage or motor burnout.

Kitty Litter

Kitty litter is one of the most common “inappropriate” things flushed down the toilet and it has the capability of causing the most damage. The reason is because most cat litter is made from bentonite clay, which ultimately adds solid waste load to the septic tank that can’t be broken down. The clay settles to the floor of the tank where it builds up over time. It can also build up in the plumbing pipes, causing costly clogs along the way. Even litter that is deemed “biodegradable” has been shown to be bad for septic tanks, so the best rule of thumb is to simply avoid flushing cat litter down the toilet.

Chemicals and Fuels

Common chemicals and fuels flushed down the toilet include paints, thinners, oils, varnishes, pesticides, used motor oil, unwanted cooking oil, and photo chemicals should never be flushed down a toilet. The reason is because they can kill the beneficial bacteria inside the tank, thus ruining the natural process of waste removal and causing your septic tank to fail more quickly.

Schedule Septic Pumping in Rocky Point NC Today

If you have been flushing the above items down your toilet for a number of years without incident, then your time may be coming. Call Lewis Farms today toll-free at 800-624-2979 to schedule professional septic tank pumping in Rocky Point NC. Or, if your system is already showing signs of a failure, please call our emergency line at 910-604-0049 for 24/7 service.

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