When it comes to toilets, only three things that should ever be flushed. Two are those familiar human waste products. The other is genuine toilet paper.
Flushing down anything else threatens your home’s plumbing and, farther into the line, Arlington’s sanitary sewer system.
Disposable cleaning wipes, dental floss, cigarette butts, cat litter and more should always be thrown away. Those supposedly “flushable” hygiene wipes should also never be flushed. They fail to break down and can cause massive clogs.
Even paper towels and facial tissue can create jams because of their particular composition. Throw them away. Don’t flush them.
Bottom line: The toilet is not a trash can.
In the kitchen, never pour fats, oils and grease (FOG) down the drain. Ever. Once cooled, such liquids congeal like wax and can cause serious backups either in your home or down the line.
There are simple ways to safely dispose of FOG including pouring it into an empty metal can, letting it cool and then placing it in the trash. Keep FOG out of the drain every time, no exceptions.
By remembering these basic preventions for bathroom and kitchen, you’ll help yourself and your Arlington neighbors avoid major problems. Now more than ever.