The Super Bowl is a great time for family and friends to get together – whether you are a die-hard football fan or not. But, have you ever thought about the additional pressure the Super Bowl might put on your toilet bowl?
As plumbing professionals, my Donley Service Center team and I always want to make sure our clients avoid toilet nightmares, especially when there is a houseful of guests.
- Diapers and baby wipes. Products like this are designed to absorb moisture and messes. They expand significantly, making it difficult to pass through pipes and sewers. The same goes for feminine hygiene products. When in doubt, use a trash can.
- When you flush food, you are creating a recipe for disaster. Food does not dissolve properly and will eventually cause blocked pipes. Never flush food of any kind down the toilet.
- Cotton balls/swabs. Don’t flush cotton balls or cotton swabs because they don’t dissolve. These items can clump up and make it impossible for other waste to pass through your system.
- Tissue, napkins and paper towels. Unlike toilet paper, these items are not designed to disintegrate so they will clog up pipes.
- Dental floss and hair. Tiny strands like theses seem like they would flow right through piping but neither hair nor floss are made of degradable material. These strings can tangle up and stick to anything they pass in your sewage system, eventually creating large clogs.
- Dead or alive, animals will never fully disintegrate in water. Even smaller animals like fish and lizards run a great chance of clogging your sewage system. Give all family pets a proper burial in the backyard (or garbage) instead.
If you are not sure if an item can be flushed, a simple rule of thumb is all items that go down your toilet should be water-soluble – meaning they will dissolve in plain water.
Lastly, keep your eyes on small children around the toilet. There is nothing more fascinating for a toddler than watching a small toy plunge into the great unknown of a toilet bowl. Small toys can clog up your plumbing system and lead to costly repairs. If this happens, it’s best to call a Donley Service Center technician and avoid making the matter of the sunken toy even worse.
This Super Bowl Sunday be conscious of what you flush. In the end it will save you time, inconvenience and money. Today, the average toilet clog repair in the Valley costs between $200 and $300, so do yourself a favor and think before you flush or you might be flushing your hard-earned cash down the toilet!
Written by: Mike Donley, Donley Service Center
Mike Donley and his father, Jim, have provided honest, caring air conditioning, plumbing, heating, sewer repair services to Arizonans since 1976. Family-owned Donley Service Center has also been honored twice with the Better Business Bureau’s Ethics Award. www.donleyservice.com