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Sometimes, it’s tempting to flush things other than toilet paper down the toilet. However, this can cause major backups in your Sussex County septic system and might mean you have to call septic system cleaning or repairs in Sussex County sooner than planed. Avoid this problem by not putting any of the following items down the toilet!

Wipes of Any Type

Baby wipes, cosmetic wipes, any type of wet wipes… your plumbing isn’t made to handle them. They don’t disintegrate like toilet paper and they get stuck a lot more easily. They also clump together over time to form clogs you don’t even want to think about. 

Paper Towels

It’s paper, right? Wrong! Paper towels (and napkins, for that matter) are more robust than toilet paper and so they don’t get as small to fit through your pipes. Bag them up and throw them away if you have to, but don’t put them down the toilet!

Feminine Hygiene Products

Pads and tampons can actually expand when they get wet, which makes flushing them a total no-go. Wrap them or bag them and put them in the trash can instead!

Q-Tips and Cotton Balls

These don’t break down at all, so they’re great if you want to have something clump together in your pipes to create massive clogs. Once again, put them in the trash where they belong or don’t use them at all. In fact, we don’t really care what you do with them as long as they don’t go into your toilet!


Anything you put down the toilet ends up in public waterways, so putting condoms down the toilet is disgusting. Latex also doesn’t break down at all, so these can cause severe problems in your plumbing and in the public sewers, too!


Medication down the toilet doesn’t just contaminate wastewater, but eventually, the medicine can end up in the water you drink, too. While putting these in the trash isn’t always the best option, either, it’s better than putting them down the toilet!


Hair might be organic but that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to cause clogs. Since hair actually doesn’t break very easily, it can form massive clogs. When it combines with things like grease or dental floss, it makes for massive problems that are costly to remove.

Call Wilson Service for Septic Services

Don’t create a plumbing problem for yourself. Dispose of these items in the proper ways and you won’t have to call us at Wilson Services for septic service in Sussex County anytime soon!