Water / Sewer

What is clogging up your toilet?

Ross McLaughlin, Consumer Reporter, CTV News Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Things used to protect us during the pandemic such as masks, wipes and latex gloves are filling up landfills – or worse, the sewer system.

It seems many people still aren’t getting the message and are flushing things down the toilet that shouldn’t be anywhere near the pipes, and the consequences could be costly.

You may have flushed many things down the toilet, never realizing that it could lead to a clogged pipe and a sewage backup in your home. Here are some examples:

• Flushable/baby wipes
• Condoms
• Feminine hygiene products
• Cotton swabs and cotton balls
• Dental floss
• Food
• Fish
• Cat litter
• Cigarette butts

The only thing you should be flushing is human waste and toilet paper.


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