Most of the bathrooms in Australia provide sanitary disposal units for female users. These ensure that similar hygiene products will not be flushed down the toilet causing issues for the environment and plumbing systems. Similar blockages are not only inconvenient, but they are also costly for the building managers, or sometimes even the government to solve.
Yet if you ask a plumber they will tell you a lot of stories where they were called out to solve blockage of pipes caused by feminine hygiene products.
To tackle this issue let’s review some insights on the importance of not flushing sanitary products and their potential consequences.
How Can Feminine Products Damage Your Plumbing System?
Our plumbing systems and sewers are under pressure more than ever before, despite extensive investments during recent years. With the increasing population, more and more waste is being collected in our plumbing systems and sewers which in time can cause serious complications.
Here are some of the reasons why you should never flush down your hygiene products down the toilet:
- Keep in mind that tampons grow around 10 times their size as they typically absorb fluid. This can cause some serious blockage of sewer drains.
- Take into consideration that tampons do not break down, hence unlike toilet paper they do not dissolve with water down the drain. In fact, some other debris can build up around tampons until someone calls the plumber to remove the waste.
- A lot of tampons also make their way to the sewage treatment plant, where to break them down several chemicals and physical filter systems are used. This is time-consuming, expensive, and contributing to a large number of waste management systems.
- Noticeably, tampons are dangerous for your septic systems as well. As they do not break down they tend to take up space in the tank, which can raise the levels of liquid. This in its turn can allow solids to block distribution tubs, leading to water rising up to your house or drip around the tank. The rest is obvious. You’ll need to call a plumber for help.
The Environmental Issue And The Plastic Problem:
Tampons are usually made of cotton, rayon, plastic, and a whole host of other additives that highly depend on the manufacturer of the sanitary product.
This raises a major environmental issue with plastic waste when tampons are being flushed down the toilet.
There is no doubt that plastic is a troublesome substance and is one of the biggest pollutants challenging our planet.
Sanitary items including tampons that contain plastic hence raise a major environmental threat for our oceans that need to be reviewed.
What’s a possible solution? Simply be attentive towards not flushing any hygiene products from now on and try your best in spreading the word and educating others on the topic with “Do not flush sanitary products” signs and more.
Other Products You Should Not Flush
You have to try to make it a rule for yourself and at your house that everything besides human waste and toilet paper should not be flushed down.
Do not flush other products, even if you see “flushable” on the packaging. After all, for some manufacturers, this can simply mean that the product is small enough to disappear down the toilet. But similar to this logic, anything around the size of a golf ball is “flushable”
Here are some other items that should not be flushed, despite the common practice:
- Maxi pads
- Cotton balls and swabs
- Dental floss
- Wipes of any kind, including the ones with “flushable” signs
- Adhesive bandages
- Medicine or drugs
- Fat, oil, and grease
- Drain cleaning chemicals
- Any paper product other than toilet paper, including facial tissues, napkins, and paper towels
Flushing hygiene products down the toilet can not only cause some serious issues for the plumbing system that will be both expensive and inconvenient, but they also raise some serious environmental issues, adding issues on proper waste management.
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