Your community needs you! During the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, your local emergency response teams are focused on providing essential services. They need your help to minimize additional public health risks.
The combination of more people in homes, scarcity of toilet tissue, increased reliance on alternate paper products, and the use of more single-use cleaning wipes is causing big problems in sewer systems all over the world.
California Association of Sanitation Agencies reminds you that the only things that should go into your toilets are body waste and real toilet tissue. Paper towels, napkins, facial tissue or wipes, even those that claim to be flushable, can clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, in streets, and into streams.
But that’s not all! Your home could also end up with backed up toilets, sinks, tubs, and showers. If this happens, your Central Coast plumbers at Griffin Plumbing are available to help, but we’d rather help you avoid an unsanitary situation and potential community-wide problem altogether.
If you must use something other than toilet tissue, be sure to keep some bags near your toilet so those items can be bagged and placed in a trash receptacle. (If you’re low on bags, remember that you may be throwing some away when you finish bread, cereal, chips, and other products.)
Below are some links for news and info about the importance of flushing only things that come from your body and your TP roll.
We understand due to high demand toilet paper might not be available, and wipes may be an alternative. We urge the public to please dispose of their wipes in a waste basket. Please do not flush wipes, even if they say they are flushable, they are not. pic.twitter.com/g6EPimsawi
— Needham DPW (@NeedhamDPW) March 18, 2020
Just because you CAN flush it doesn’t mean you SHOULD flush it. Here is toilet paper and a wipe from over a year ago. The wipe is still whole after a year! Even wipes labeled as “flushable” can lead to toilet and pipe blockages. #WipesClogPipes pic.twitter.com/s08tYlUsbZ
— Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts (@SanDistricts) April 11, 2019
Remember, the Griffin Plumbing team is just a phone call away at (805) 934-1949 if you need us. Best wishes for good health for you and yours, from your Central Coast plumbers.