If There's No Toilet Paper, What Items Can We Flush Down Our Toilet?
The toilet paper shortage has affected leading Australian supermarkets. The threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has driven several citizens into panic buying toilet paper. It seems everywhere we go at the moment, people are talking about toilet paper and what alternatives they have due to being left with very few options.
Here A Few Things That You Should Not Flush Down The Toilet Drains
Napkins are soft to use when at the dining table, but these are certainly not suitable to be flushed down the toilet. These do not disintegrate as quickly as toilet paper because of the difference in chemical composition during manufacture.
Effects of Flushing Unsuitable Materials in the Toilet Drain
Many people are under the impression that once you‘ve flushed your toilet and the bowl is left empty, then your problems are flushed away. This couldn’t be further from the truth. In Australia, we use as little water as possible to flush our toilets, and rightfully so being in the driest continent on the planet. To be exact, it’s only 4.5 litres full flush.
This small amount of water will take the solids out of your bowl but often it will take many flushes before the solids break down and enter the council mains. By flushing unsuitable items down your drain which do not break down as easily as toilet paper, you are potentially causing blockages in your pipes. These blockages may cause significant costs to you when a plumber comes and clears your drains of these obstructions. It may even lead to larger remedial work if the blockage has become severe.
Often the problems will also occur in the council mains when many people are flushing materials that are not designed for use in toilets. These larger blockages are a huge problem to the local infrastructure and community, costing tens of thousands to clear and repair, and also causing disruption to everyday use.
What's The Solution To The Toilet Paper Crisis?
The good news is there are some solutions that you can easily use that will alleviate drain problems at your house and keep the sewers flowing.
1. Contact your plumber for a Handheld Bidet Installation in your Plumbing. When used at the right water pressure, handheld bidets would not spray all over you or on the toilet seat. It is very similar to taking a shower, this time with your backside. The procedure removes the residue better than any dry wiping can. You can dry yourself with a bath towel designated for this purpose. Should you use toilet paper still, then you will notice a significant decrease in the amount that you use.
*Important reminder for bidet plumbing: You must use approved products to legally have a bidet attachment for an existing toilet. Therefore you must have your plumber buy and install the approved equipment to ensure everything is installed according to the code.
2. If you have no option but to use products like wipes or hand towels, then ensure you are placing them in bins or bags and not flushing them down your toilet. Dispose of these bins and bags with your rubbish until the toilet paper crisis is over.
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