On average people go to the toilet around 6-8 times per day. People that drink more fluids probably go to the toilet around 10 times. Imagine how much toilet paper is being used per person per day. All that toilet paper will be flushed to our sewer or septic tank. The thing is, not only toilet paper is being flushed to our sewer, but there are also other unnecessary things being flushed as well. Things like kids’ toys, baby wipes, sanitary pads, all the above causes a big build up in our sewage system which causes blockages in our toilets and sewer systems.
What do plumbers say about toilet paper blockages?
Traditional toilet paper might look thick and fluffy but try to choose one that is easy to dissolve. The thicker the toilet paper the harder to dissolve. 2-3 ply toilet paper is recommended.
There are a few brands of baby wipes that are flushable, but most of these wipes can’t be flushed.
Septic tanks are where all your household wastewater goes. The tanks itself breeds bacteria but when it has been stuffed with excessive waste there is no room for the bacteria to work, therefore septic tanks need to be regularly maintained.
Is a half-layered toilet paper the way to go?
A thin layered toilet paper is easy to dissolve in the water, but nobody wants those embarrassing tears resulting in your hand/finger poking through to happen. That is why we recommend bamboo toilet paper, also bamboo material can naturally hold 2 times more water than wood material The beige colour (natural bamboo colour) has no added chlorines during the manufacturing process, it is presents no worries for your septic tank at all.
Why use bamboo toilet paper?
To start with, our bamboo toilet paper has a feature of 5sec dissolvable in a single flush. It is very close to the natural material and no added chemicals when our toilet paper is made.
Also, bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world. Especially the “Ci/Chi” bamboo we use to make our toilet paper, it grows on average 5 metres in 6 weeks after being cut. Bamboo is like a “weed”, it requires to be cut to encourage its growth. Bamboo grows much faster than trees.
Finally, a good quality bamboo 3 ply bamboo toilet paper doesn’t mean a bum scratching and finger poking situation. In fact, it is incredibly soft and tough. It’s a win-win situation for us and the environment.
How to avoid blockage in the sewage and septic tank?
Good quality toilet paper such as bamboo toilet paper, easy dissolvable and soft on the bottom.
Read the label for baby wipes. Remember there are a few flushable wipes in the market.
Do not put a sanitary pad in the toilet. It will not flush.
Septic tanks don’t like oil or grease, use eco friendly household cleaning products. Try not to add bleach to your cleaning products because it will kill the bacteria in the septic system.
Here is a natural toilet bowl recipe we have been using for cleaning our toilet:
½ cup baking soda
1 cup of distilled white vinegar.
½ teaspoon of tea tree essential oil/10 drops of lavender essential oil.
Blockages can cause a big expense in our plumbing bill, but if we switch to the right products it can definitely help us avoid these excess costs. Bamboo toilet paper is not the only option, but it is the best option for our toilet, septic system and environment as well.
Leave me a comment on what silly stuff have you flushed down the toilet.