No one wants to have to deal with a clogged toilet. 

Clogged toilets are incredibly common. In fact, they are one of the most common calls that our Belleville plumber gets! This is because there is a lot of confusion out there about what is safe to flush and what should never be flushed. Check out our previous blogs to learn the specifics on what to flush and what not to flush. Some of this confusion is due to products that should never be flushed that are labeled as “flushable” or “biodegradable”. The good news is that we are here to help you understand what these terms really mean.


Many people think that things that are biodegradable can be flushed because they will break down. However, the term, “biodegradable”, simply means that the product in question will eventually break down. In most cases, the biodegradable product will lead to clogs long before it actually breaks down enough to get through your pipes.


Unfortunately, the term, “flushable”, means something different for consumers than it does for manufacturers. To consumers, the term means that you can safely flush the product down the toilet, but to manufacturers, it just means that it can physically be flushed, not necessarily that it is safe to do so. This is why so many people think that it is safe to flush tampons, wet wipes and other products that are labeled as flushable.

No one wants to have to deal with a clogged toilet, so when in doubt, don’t flush it! Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.