Avoid flushing anything except for human waste and toilet paper. Everything else is 'non-flushable'. Although some things like wet wipes, or medicines may physically go down the toilet or drain, it doesn't mean they should.
What is the harm?
Pipe clogs or pumping disruptions can often be a result of fats, oils, greases known as FOGs, or non-flushable items like wipes (even if they say flushable) or rags, getting stuck together and layer by layer choking off water flow in pipes. The blockages can often end in messy and costly sewer backups. Preventing FOG or 'non-flushables' from reaching the sewer in the first place is the only way to avoid these problems.
What you can do
Both individuals and business can prevent expensive maintenance problems, backups and overflows by:
- wipe dishes clean (into the trash) before washing or putting in the dishwasher
- maintain grease traps through regular servicing and record keeping
- provide garbage can(s) (with liner) in your bathroom(s)
- use a mesh filter on kitchen sink drains
- dispose of grease and used cooking oils either in the garbage, or by recycling where available
- talking to family members, friends or employees about how they too can protect pipes