Ladies! You are being warned not to flush feminine hygiene items down the toilet. Tampons advertise flushability right on the box. You’ll reconsider flushing tampons, maxi pads, wipes, and other “flush-friendly” products after learning that they can damage your plumbing or septic tank.

Ladies, take heed—flushing sanitary products could cost you money. You’ll learn in this essay how feminine products can harm your plumbing. We’ll also examine a few additional items that are frequently flushed but shouldn’t be.

What Plumbing System Damage Sanitary Products Can Cause

You have probably seen signs in women’s restrooms asking you not to flush feminine items. Although these warnings are frequently found in public restrooms, it’s a good idea to heed this advice even at home. There are various reasons why sanitary products like tampons shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet.

A tampon’s size may grow after flushing as a result of water absorption. A tampon will expand to roughly ten times its original size once it has absorbed water, which may surprise you. Once the tampons have expanded, they may block drains and sewers, clog toilets, or become stuck deeper down the plumbing system.


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Tampons won’t disintegrate; they’ll stay in one solid mass. Tampons won’t disintegrate if they become stuck in the plumbing system, instead causing a clog. It’s possible for your toilet to fully clog and overflow if more tampons are flushed. Then you will need to contact a plumber.

Tampons or pads may occasionally be able to pass through your plumbing system, but they may cause an obstruction enroute to the main sewer. If you don’t have a septic tank, your waste will be sent through the sewage system, and if a blockage occurs farther down the line, it can damage your neighbors.

Difficulties with sewage treatment plants

Many tampons do make it to the sewage treatment facility in the city. The pumping station may then be affected, or the filters may become clogged. Chemicals are used in sewage treatment facilities to break down objects that shouldn’t have been flushed. A filtration mechanism is also present to capture non-biodegradable items. These actions are not very ecologically friendly and may be problematic for plant workers. The process of removing hygienic objects from sewage is messy, time-consuming, and expensive.  If these products had been thrown out in the first place, they would have avoided the plumbing system altogether and saved money and potential plumbing damage by going straight to the landfill.

Issues with septic tanks

Feminine products can clog your septic tank if you have one. They will also take up room in the tank because they don’t biodegrade. As a result, the liquid levels will increase and human waste may start to clog the distribution pipes.

Napkins or wipes

Since it will break down once sufficiently wet, toilet paper is made to be flushed. This will make it possible for it to pass through the sewage system without getting stuck. Other paper goods shouldn’t be flushed because they are thicker and more likely to produce a blockage, such as kitchen roll, tissues, or wipes. Even if it says flushable on the packet, never flush any kind of wipe.

Diapers and pads

It’s also usual to flush diapers or maxi pads down the toilet, however doing so is not recommended because they are bulky and expand when wet. After flushing a few pads, a clog can develop quite rapidly. Dispose of pads and diapers in the garbage in a hygienic manner.

Things for personal hygiene

Do not flush anything used for other personal hygiene, such as dental floss, cotton balls, swabs, q tips, bandages, or condoms. Although they shouldn’t be, medications, narcotics, and cigarette butts are frequently flushed. Avoid flushing or letting pet or human hair fall down the drain so that it can enter your plumbing system.

What to Do if Something Shouldn’t Have Accidentally Been Flushed?

If you or one of your family members accidentally flushed a pad, tampon, or another item on the above list, don’t panic! It’s unlikely that there will be immediate repercussions unless you’ve been flushing sanitary items for a long time, and there’s already a blockage. You may need to call a plumber.

The best course of action is to keep an eye on your plumbing system as a whole and how well your toilet flushes. Watch for any indications that a clog may exist in your system. Common signs include slow drains, sluggish flushing, an unpleasant odor coming from the pipes or a gurgling sound after flushing the toilet. If you experience any of these signs, call a plumber.


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