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Out of toilet paper? Experts say most alternatives cannot be flushed.

Think wet wipes are safe to flush? Think again. Toilet paper is the safest object to flush.

MIDLAND, Texas — When it comes to flushing things down the toilet, there aren't nearly as many safe options as you would think. 

After talking with a local plumbing company, the safest object to flush down your toilet is toilet paper.

"Typically people will use wipes, paper towels, hand towels and things like that, and they’re using it as an alternative. But that is not a good alternative," Terry Ohlmann, Owner of Action Air and Plumbing said. 

This is because things like wipes and paper towels don't break down easily, if at all, the way toilet paper does. 

"Usually, toilet paper by the time it leaves the home, it's already broken down," Ohlmann said.

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Of all the objects flushed down a toilet, toilet paper breaks down the easiest.

The objects that are flushed but don't break down can cause serious issues. Clogged septic tanks and city sewer plant problems are just two of the issues.

Not only that, but repairs don't necessarily come cheap.

"Well you know from the simple side, just a stoppage could cost anywhere from $150 to $250 to clear. On the other end, on the extreme end, on the septic system it could be a whole new system, and you’re looking at $8,000 to $10,000," Ohlmann said.

While Ohlmann hasn't received many calls about septic tank issues, he's certain that will change very soon. 

"This is only a few days into it. I’m sure we’re going to start seeing it here pretty soon," Ohlmann said.

To prevent any issues in the future Ohlmann said to simply not flush the toilet if you plan on using anything other than toilet paper.


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