It is tempting to flush practically everything down the toilet.

With a simple flush, it just disappears! But eventually you can guarantee that if you keep flushing items other than human waste and toilet paper – the result one day will be a blockage and a toilet that doesn’t flush.

Next time your tempted to use the toilet as a bin, think of the inconvenience and expense a toilet blockage could cause!

5 things that should never flush:

  1. Leftover medication. You may think flushing your leftover, unused medication down the toilet is the safest way to dispose of your unnecessary or out-dated tablets but this is extremely harmful and toxic to groundwater supplies and animals. Medication that is no longer required or out of date should be returned to a local pharmacy for safe disposal.
  2. Sanitary items. Sanitary items are designed to absorb moisture and expand; they will quickly clog drainage pipes. This is why all public toilets have sanitary bins for you to dispose of these items rather than flushing them.
  3. Baby/make up remover wipes. These belong in the general waste bin, they don’t break down like toilet tissue and quickly clump up and block pipes. 
  4. Dental floss. Floss may seem harmless but it is not biodegradable and can easily tangle with other elements going down the drain and before you know it you will have a blockage.
  5. Nappies are made to absorb water and expand and even though they have absorbed human waste, they are not suitable for flushing down the toilet and will quickly get stuck in your drainage system.

The simple rule: if it’s not human waste or toilet tissue – don’t flush it! Although the odd flushing of any of these items may not cause much damage, if you continuously put these items down the toilet – before you know it you’ll have a plumbing problem on your hands.

If you are experiencing problems with plumbing, due to flushing incorrect items or otherwise, Maroochydore Plumbing can get to the bottom of the problem and unblock your pipes efficiently!


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