6 Things You Should Never Flush

Even if you are lucky enough to have a good sewage system and are thinking about disposing of your garbage there, we want to warn you that it’s a really bad idea.

Bright Side shares a list of the most popular items which can ruin your sewer. So you’d better use a regular garbage bin for them.

6. Cat litter
6 Things You Should Never Flush
Silica gel, mineral, or scoopable cat litter does not dissolve in water, and this is why it is prohibited to wash it away into a sewer. Clay litters, when wet, make big chunks which can easily block your pipes.

5. Coffee grounds
6 Things You Should Never Flush
They can easily accumulate inside the pipes and increase the chance of a blockage.

4. Wet wipes
6 Things You Should Never Flush
They can block your sewage system. As a result, you will have to clean it every 3 months.

3. Diapers
6 Things You Should Never Flush
The gel inside diapers cannot be dissolved. On the contrary, it swells when wet. Thus, it blocks the pipes.

2. Q-tips
6 Things You Should Never Flush
They stick together in the pipe curves and can collect other minor garbage, such as hair, thus creating a blockage.

1. Oils and lubricants
6 Things You Should Never Flush
Cooking oils should never be washed away down the drain. The oil cools down in water and turns into chunks, which will cause a blockage.

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Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.