by Zona on April 15, 2016

Why Flushing Wipes And Personal Hygiene Items Will Clog Your Business' Drains

Inform Your Employees About Their Flushing Habits

You run a business, and whether it’s small or large in size, you have toilets in your building. Even if you don’t own the building, you’re still responsible for the plumbing in your business, so you'll always want to make sure that your toilets are running smoothly at all times, especially if customers have to use the same bathrooms.

Have you informed your employees about what they can and cannot flush down the toilets? Even though this seems like a no-brainer, some employees or people who visit a building will flush a lot of things down the toilet that they shouldn’t, including feminine products as well as wet wipes.

Indianapolis, IN DIY-wet-wipes-1There are untold amounts of problems that are caused by flushing these types of products, and the bill will fall squarely on your shoulders if you don’t inform your employees and others about what can and cannot be flushed.

A polite way of informing everyone what they cannot flush down the toilet is putting up a laminated sign that can’t easily be destroyed, so everyone can see the sign and know exactly what they shouldn’t put down the toilet.

Since you want to keep the toilet running for everyone (customers included), you’ll want to make it a point to keep certain things from going down the toilet, especially if you want to avoid the costly bill to fix the problems caused by flushing the wrong items down the toilet.

What Should Never be Flushed

Here is a rundown of items that should never be flushed down a toilet:

  • Toys
  • Tampons
  • Feminine napkins
  • Clothes
  • Shoes
  • Diapers
  • Wet wipes
  • Large wads of toilet paper

Sometimes, certain objects will not flush properly and will come back up, and if the person has already left the bathroom, then you may be able to see that they tried to flush something that they shouldn’t have. Feminine products are a big problem, even though many of the labels will advise the person to throw the product away instead of flushing it.

Some women will simply try to flush their tampons down the toilet, even though the tampon’s label specifically states not to flush it. Even if there is a flushable label on the tampons, which is highly unlikely, it still doesn’t mean that it should be flushed.

There are homes that had only a few tampons flushed, which caused a backup of the toilet immediately, which goes to show how bad these products can be for the toilet. Wet wipes are another problem, especially since they can expand as well, and they do not biodegrade as quickly as they should, such as with toilet paper.

Tests that have been conducted show that toilet paper can biodegrade and come apart within as little as eight seconds, whereas 30 minutes or more will pass, and the wet wipe is still completely intact. Based on research, toilet paper can completely degrade within 24 hours, but wet wipes can go for a couple weeks or more before they biodegrade, and this causes a lot of problems for the septic system as well as sewage treatment centers that receive the waste.

Problems Caused by Flushing Hygiene Products

Personal hygiene products can include wipes as well as feminine products, and all of these things are something that should never go down into a toilet's pipes. Some of the problems that they cause are clogging the pipes or septic system, and it’s possible for the clog to remain localized within the toilet, causing a backup of the toilet right away.

The toilet can then flood the bathroom, which can be a disgusting mess in itself. Although wet wipes may have an easier time flushing than feminine products, some feminine products have been known to clog the toilet and cause flooding after only one of the items are flushed, such as sanitary napkins. It should be obvious that these items shouldn't go down the toilet, even if you’re lucky enough to get them to flush and disappear.

Those who have a business should also inform women as well as men that personal hygiene products and cleaning products, such as wet wipes, should never be put into the toilet, and it may be necessary to have a punishment for those who do so. You have to understand that having clogged toilets in your place of business can also affect your business as well as cost you money and business revenue.

Indianapolis, IN business-restroomClogged Toilets Can Affect Your Business

You have a customer in your office that has to be there for a while conducting business, and they want to go to the bathroom.

Your bathroom is out of order because of the fact that someone or several people have been flushing hygiene products down the toilet, so where does your customer go?

They may go across the street or somewhere else, but who’s to say that they will come back to finish their business after such an unpleasant experience?

It may sound like an extreme, but some customers are so particular about their comfort that they will leave one business and go to another if the other business has air-conditioning or heat, clean bathrooms, and even snacks, compared to another business that has none of these things.

You'll always want to stay on top of the functionality of your bathrooms, especially since it can directly affect your business as well as the employees and customers that come into the business.

What to Do When There Is A Clog

If you are experiencing clogged toilets or other plumbing issues in your place of business, then you’ll need to call a plumber to do toilet repair if it’s needed, and also know that drain cleaning is available, especially if it’s never been done before. Drain cleaning will clear the drains, and getting toilet repair can make your toilets usable again.

Contact Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service at (317) 881-9536  in Indianapolis, IN for all of your business’ plumbing needs.

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