Is Your Toilet Paper Clogging Your Toilet?
One of the more frightening sights you will see is the rising water in your toilet bowl after you flush. A clogged and overflowing toilet can cause a lot of damage if it is not fixed quickly and plumbers can be an expensive solution when it’s an emergency. There are several reasons why your toilet continuously clogs; young children flushing toys or other items, tree roots break through the main sewer line coming from the house, or low flow in the toilet doesn’t adequately push solids through the waste lines. But a more common cause for clogged toilets could be the type of toilet paper you use.
People tend to overlook their toilet paper as a reason for toilet clogging; most people assume that all toilet paper breaks down equally when it gets wet. Toilet paper manufacturers market their products as extra strong, soft, or recycled, but these same benefits that are an advantage to you may be detrimental to your pipes and sewer system. And the older pipes are there may be even more risk.
While other countries refrain from flushing toilet paper, Americans are accustomed to the convenience and cleanliness of flushing. For this reason it is important to find the best toilet paper available that gets the job done, and keeps your pipes and sewer system at minimal risk.
The ideal toilet paper is one that is soft to the touch, strong enough so it does not fall to pieces when you use it, and has a fast rate of dissolving. The current trend for very soft toilet paper is pleasing to our skin, but not necessarily good for our plumbing. Many toilet papers that have tested well in softness and strength, do not dissolve fast enough as it travels through the toilet or into the drain lines.
Toilet Paper Choices
Instead of installing the ubiquitous plunger in every bathroom, spend a little time to research which toilet paper best fits your needs and is beneficial to your plumbing. Good Housekeeping ran tests on 22 different types of toilet paper, including one, two and three ply versions, and ranked them according to absorbency, softness, strength, and likelihood of clogging. These ratings are not based on keeping your plumbing clear, but more on comfort and cost. Read the pros and cons for each brand and weigh the benefits and risks to you and your plumbing. http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/product-reviews/health-products/toilet-paper-reviews/
Be careful about the information you find on the internet. Some sites may be sponsored by manufacturers or bad reviews may be posted by competing brands. Rely on your own experiences or testing conducted by third-party organizations.
Some sites that may be helpful are:
There are a few toilet papers that are certified safe for septic systems by the nonprofit National Sanitation Foundation (NSF). http://www.nsf.org
While the type of toilet paper you use may contribute to clogged sewer lines and toilets, you should also consider having your sewer lines cleaned regularly and inspect the operation and condition of your toilets and drain lines.