What Can I Flush?

POSTED BY Terry Carney ON May 28, 2020


The coronavirus pandemic has impacted just about everything in our lives from our jobs to our leisure activities and, of course, our physical and mental health. Many people are using more cleaning products at this time, as it’s advisable to disinfect your home frequently. The demand for products like disinfectant wipes and kitchen roll has skyrocketed, and it’s important that we dispose of these products appropriately.

What can I flush?

Besides bodily waste, toilet paper is the only thing that you should be flushing down the toilet. If you are using liquid-based cleaning products, such as bleach, it’s also fine for these liquids to make their way into the sewage system.

What causes drains to block?

Disinfectant wipes should be disposed of in the bin rather than the toilet as these wipes can cause blocked drains. A disinfectant wipe will not break down in the septic or sewer system and can damage your plumbing and the local wastewater system. It’s not just disinfectant wipes that can cause blocked drains, any kind of wipes, including baby wipes and cosmetic wipes, should also be disposed of in the bin. Some brands sell ‘flushable toilet wipes,’ which are thinner than the average wipe. To be on the safe side, we still advise that you do not flush these products.

Kitchen towels can also cause blocked drains, as with wipes, these are too thick to be broken down in the sewer system. Sewer backups create difficulties for our water utility companies and can adversely impact public health. To keep your drains in perfect working order, do not flush these products.

What are the signs that a drain is blocked?

If your drain is blocked, you will likely notice that the water in your toilet does not flush away properly. The water may overflow or rise and stay in the bowl for a long time. You may find that when you flush the toilet, it causes water to gurgle and rise from the shower’s drains. Other signs include noticing foul smells coming from your drains or finding that fluid is leaking from the sewer drain outside. Any of these problems indicate that you’ll need to take action to fix your drains.

How Token Cleaning Services can help

If your toilet is clogged with too much toilet paper, you can simply use a plunger to clear the blockage. However, if your drainage system is blocked, you will need the help of a professional. At Token Cleaning Services, we offer a top-quality drain unblocking service. We will investigate your blockage and provide a speedy solution using our industry-leading equipment. 

In the case of an emergency call out, Token Cleaning Services are available 24/7. We are accredited by Acclaim and Construction Line, with a team that work to the highest standards only. As well as drain unblocking, we offer a deep drain cleaning service, which can help to remove silt, grease, and scale from your pipes. Contact us today for more information about our drain cleaning and drain unblocking services.

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