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One of the most common areas in your home to experience plumbing problems in the bathroom. And there is no bigger culprit than the toilet. But oftentimes, plumbing problems relating to the toilet are due to improper use of the device.

There are certain things the toilet is meant to flush, some others that are acceptable to flush and then there are a bunch of things you should never, ever flush down the toilet! As one of the most experienced Dallas plumbers, you can bet we here at C & C Slab Leaks and Plumbing have seen a few things clog up the toilet you wouldn’t believe. Don’t be one of those customers!

But if you do happen to experience plumbing problems related to your toilet, from flushing these bad items down it or for any other issue, be sure to call the best plumber in Dallas! We make customer service our top priority in everything we do!

  1. Q-Tips or Cotton Balls

They look small and harmless, but Q-Tips and cotton balls are two of the main culprits for toilet clogs in Dallas and around the country. They don’t break down the way toilet paper is designed to and all they effectively do is clump together and clog your toilet’s pipes to cause nasty plumbing problems.

  1. Paper Towels

We understand that paper towels and tissues look an awful like toilet paper, which you flush on a daily basis. However, they are designed specifically NOT to break down and that’s bad news for your toilet’s pipes. Instead, throw paper towels and tissues in the trash can.

  1. Baby Wipes

It’s true that many baby wipes advertise themselves as “flushable” but they simply are not. Baby wipes are an extremely frequent cause for toilet clogs because they don’t break down properly and club together, catching other debris in the process for backed-up toilets.

  1. Dental Floss

Dental floss is a unique plumbing problem because not only does it not break down and lead to clogs in the pipes of your toilet, it is also environmentally unfriendly to flush floss down your toilet. Floss turns into a net in your pipes and can even wrap around parts of your septic system and burn out the motor. Talk about plumbing problems nobody wants to face!

  1. Cigarette Butts

Cigarettes not only do not break down properly in water like toilet paper, but they also contain a vast array of toxic chemicals, which you most certainly do not want in your plumbing. Besides, there is just no need to flush them down the toilet because you can throw them away. So keep your butts out of the bowl, in a manner of speaking.

  1. Gum

Gum definitely doesn’t break down in water effectively, just like you might think. It’s also sticky and easily adheres to things, including your toilet’s piping. To avoid troublesome clogs in your toilet, toss your gum away in the trash can instead.

  1. Food

We’re not exactly sure why anybody would think to do this in the first place, but unfortunately, it does happen. Please, please, please never consider flushing any food items down the toilet, much less actually do it. Food will break down eventually, but it didn’t undergo the digestive process that food does before it becomes human waste, so it will sit in the pipes much longer and increase the risk for clogging and other plumbing problems.

  1. Bleach

This is something many people flush down the toilet as it is frequently used to clean the inside of the toilet bowl. However, bleach is an extremely potent chemical that is damaging to both your pipes and the septic system. Instead, try using vinegar to clean your toilet bowl.

  1. Cat Litter

Kitty litter contains waste, but it is not flushable, even if the brand claims to be. Most toilets don’t have the proper water flow to move cat litter along in the pipes, so it sits there and adds more things to the water that make it hard to purify.

  1. Condoms

This should seem obvious, but as Dallas plumbers, we think most of these seem pretty straightforward, so we’ll include it to be safe. Do not flush condoms of any kind down your toilet, They aren’t designed to break down whatsoever, so toss them in the trash.

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