4 Things That Shouldn’t Be Flushed Down a Toilet

4 Things That Shouldn’t Be Flushed Down a Toilet

Plumbing problems such as leaks or rusty pipes are inevitable. They usually occur as a result of corrosion or damage over time. But other issues can be prevented with proper care and maintenance.

One of such preventable plumbing issues is a clogged toilet. Surprisingly, people often use their toilets as trash cans. Toilet papers, hair and sometimes, even cellphones are dropped in the toilet drain. Whether it’s intentional or unintentional, these items can clog your toilet and damage the drain pipes.

If you’re willing to pay $218–$522 for a toilet replacement after ever few months, then you may stop reading this blog. But to save yourself from preventable damages, here’s everything you need to not throw in your toilet drain.


Oil and grease may look harmless liquids, but they can easily accumulate across your plumbing pipes when cool. This can lead to clogs and even sewage backups in the future.

The best way to dispose of grease and other insoluble liquids is collecting them in a plastic bag and throwing it in the garbage.

Wipes and toilet paper:

Everything looks fine as long as your toilet flushes—even wipes and cotton swabs. But did you know these are some of the major causes behind a clog?

Wipes and cleaning pads aren’t made for toilet drains. Although some companies claim their products to be flushable, they still shouldn’t be flushed down the toilet; at least not if you want to avoid any costly mistakes.


This might come as a surprise for some but no matter what the size of your medicine is, it’s not made for your toilet. Pills can prove to be extremely toxic for your sewer lines and can contaminate the groundwater.

So, it’s not a good idea to put those meds in your toilet.

Cigarette butts:

Toilets can be an ideal indoor place for many smokers—especially those who want to avoid getting caught. And what’s more convenient than a toilet to flush those cigarettes butts, right?

Cigarettes can choke and damage your sewer lines once flushed through a toilet. It also takes a lot more water to flush away these small pieces. Therefore, it’s better to discard the butts in the trash to avoid any plumbing issues.

In case of any plumbing emergencies, contact PRO SERVE Plumbing. Our plumbing services in Fort Worth are available 24/7.