Toilet paper companies promise the best for our backsides. Soft. Quilted. Thick. Padded. Earth-friendly.
What they aren't telling you, however, is that some types of toilet paper just aren't super compatible with your plumbing. In fact, that thick and soft toilet paper you love may be be harming your plumbing system over time.
Here are the parts of your system that may be suffering from your toilet paper choices, as recently detailed in Plumbing Help Today.
1. Your pipes
Oil and grease begin to accumulate on pipes with time, no matter how well you treat them. These rough edges create slight variations to your system's flow, and start to grab on to small particles with time. Additionally, if you have an older system tiny cracks may also impede the flow of your system. These things tend to latch onto your toilet paper - and more specifically, the heartier, thicker toilet paper expedites this process even further.
2. Your low-flow toilet
While there are plenty of high-functioning low-flow toilets out there, low-flow toilets typically don't respond to excessive toilet paper well. Less water in your low-flow toilet means less power to push down excess toilet paper, especially thickly padded toilet paper. Without this power, this toilet paper can build up in your pipes over time.
3. Flushable wipes
Flushable wipes afflict particularly nasty problems on your plumbing system. They really aren't biodegradable, even though they are advertised that way. Additionally, they take a significantly longer time to break down than standard toilet paper. Their added thickness causes immense problems for almost every plumbing system, and can cause extensive problems down the line.
Are you using the right kind of toilet paper? Here's how to check
Take a sheet or two of the toilet paper you've been using and drop them into your toilet. If, after 2 minutes or so, they still look like sheets of toilet paper, they are too thick and are putting your plumbing at risk. Opt for a lighter and thinner option. Your pipes will thank you (and your budget too!)
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