'Flushable' Does NOT Mean You Should Flush It | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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'Flushable' Does NOT Mean You Should Flush It | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here – even during the holidays – to help unblock clogged plumbing.

You were idly wandering the pet supply aisle this morning on your day-after Christmas shopping tour. You really did need to pick up some things and decided to search for bargains before going to tonight’s Dancing Christmas Lights event. While you were in the pet aisle, something caught your eye – flushable kitty litter.

At first you thought you read the package wrong, but that’s what it said. The idea of being able to dump the contents of the entire kitty litter pan into the toilet and flushing it away in one swoosh was really appealing.

The idea is appealing. But it’s not something you should do unless you want to wreak havoc with your plumbing.

Treehugger.com explains: “Even though flushable litter is advertised as such, it isn’t safe to flush. Some products aren’t even designed for septic systems, and some septic systems simply won’t break down materials like cat fecal matter and litter, according to national liquid waste management service Wild River Environmental, no matter what kind of litter you use.

Even if you have confirmed that your septic system is compatible with flushable litter, it’s probably not advisable to flush it anyway. Not waiting long enough between flushing clumps can result in clogs, and if you don’t break up larger clumps prior to flushing—which you’ll want to do somewhere other than the litter box—you could face all sorts of nasty problems.

“In addition to your septic system, you have your toilet to worry about. Cat poop quickly dehydrates and hardens in litter, so by the time you get around to scooping it, it’s basically petrified and likely to create a clog. What’s more, if you have a water-saving toilet, which the United States Environmental Protection Agency says can use as little as 1.28 gallons per flush, it may not provide enough water to flush cat poop and litter away. You may need to use multiple flushes, which takes a long time and ends up using excessive amounts of water.”

If you do happen to get a clog caused by cat litter, or anything else, and you can’t clear it by yourself, it’s time to call Billy the Sunshine Plumber for help.

Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been the Tampa Bay 24-hour plumber of choice since 1924 when he first opened for business. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is open 24/7/365 in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties. Days, nights, weekends, or holidays, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is always here for you even or New Years day.

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