Is Paper Clogging Your Toilet?

Potty Problems?

Maybe It's the Paper

A lot of people thought it stunk when Congress decided to legislate the amount of water we could use to flush our toilets. Yeah, that stinks, but not as much as plugged potties. Yech.

The ultimate answer to a no-flow toilet is replacing it with one of today’s improved low-flow models (call us for more information). You may not be ready for that. You may not be ready to throw away your old plunger. You just want to use it less often.

Toilet Paper Dissolvency

If you insist on keeping your old commode, then maybe you should consider changing your toilet paper. It can make a difference. According to Georgia Pacific, every person uses an average of 22 pounds of toilet paper each year. Around one household in four qualifies as frequent flushers, replacing a roll every other day, if not more often.

We use fewer sheets of toilet paper than in the past (16.4 per flush versus 17.8 a decade earlier), but only because toilet paper is thicker. Thicker paper takes longer to dissolve. The Good Housekeeping Institute actually studied toilet paper dissolvency. Brands that dissolve rapidly are less likely to stop things up.

Although toilet papers that dissolve rapidly flush better, they are harder on septic systems. The best solution is to replace problem low flow toilets with one of the new, improved models. Toilet technology has advanced significantly.

Call us for details. (631) 722-2200

For Septic Owners…

While a faster dissolvency helps toilets, it may hurt a septic system. Paper that floats to the top of a septic tank can be easily removed. Papers that dissolve can damage your drain field. In other words, the best choice for easy flushing may be the worst choice for a septic system.

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