Post # 1
Just wanted to warn any of you who are using G-diapers. The disposable inserts say they can be flushed, but my friend just had her toilet clog and it caused major water damage when it overflowed and leaked into the walls and thru the ceiling. A few other people have said that they had trouble flushing them.
Everyone’s plumbing is different, so maybe some of you don’t have any problems. But, I wanted to let you guys know that it can cause a problem. Keep your eyes on the toilet if you are flushing them to make sure it doesn’t overflow.
Post # 5
People flush tampons??
ETA-Weird, this moved to #2…hmm..may have to reverse the order of new posts Wendell.
Post # 3
Good tip… although I don’t think it’s as much of a “don’t flush” situation as a “don’t flush if…” situation. The inserts say not to flush them if you use a septic system, have tree infested plumbing, or…. [can’t remember if there was one other thing]. And also, I’ve read & seen in YouTube tutorials & reviews that it’s REALLY important to tear off the sides of the inserts correctly, empty out the pulp, swish, and throw in the rest of the diaper at the last minute of the flush. There’s a method to it, I guess. We’re planning to use gDiapers…but we’ll definitely be doing a trial flush in our apartment to see how it goes. (The plumbing for our complex isn’t of the risky variety, so we should be fine, and we’re planning on using the cloth inserts for the most part anyway, but yeah– definitely worth experimenting with a clean diaper before a dirty one!)
If your plumbing is of the risky variety, you can always compost the wet ones and toss the dirty ones.
Post # 4
This to me sounds like “flushable” tampons – they say they are, but I would never actually flush them. MAYBE somewhere with super intense toilets, like the airport…
Post # 6
I always flush tampons and I’ve never clogged a toilet that way. I didn’t realize there were people who don’t flush them! But the diaper thing sounds like more of a stretch; I don’t know if I would attempt it.
Post # 7
I dont think I have ever NOT thrown tampons in a toilet. Well that is unless there are specific signs stating not to. Now on the other hand, I understand the diaper thing. I don’t see why you would flush a diaper but I guess on the other hand it does say flushable. I still don’t think I would try though.
Post # 8
Sorry we got on a sidenote here but tampons can’t be flushed? So you just leave a gross bloody tampon in a trash can in your bathroom? I always wrap my pads but I don’t think wrapping a tampon would work.
Post # 9
@pinkpaperbride: When I lived with my mother our plumbing could not handle tampons. My uncle is a plumber and says that women should never flush tampons. Sometimes the system can handle it, but as a general rule they are likely to clog your pipes. We had a lot of water damage in our basement due to that. I’m sure having three women in the house with overlapping cycles didn’t help much either!
Post # 10
I dont use tampons but I dont think they are meant to be flushed, doesnt it say so on the pack?
Post # 11
@FloretteLiz:Wowza, what a bummer! I’ll continue flushing them, but I think I’ll start knocking on wood as well.
Post # 13
I would be cautious of flushing anything absorbant. Most tampons (and possibly the g-dipaer inserts, too? Idk because I’ve never used them.) expand when soaked with liquid, so they’re more likely to clog the plumbing.
Also, I work at a water/wastewater plant, and those types of item DO NOT break down. Most sewer systems have to skim waste like that out and burn it or send it to a landfill. As a general rule, we advise people not to flush anything but toilet paper (and waste, obviously).
Post # 14
I looked into it, and (after quickly searching– so I could be totally off, but) what seems to be the difference is that tampons don’t break apart before you flush them, so they just continue doing their super absorbant thing through the pipes when you flush them == recipe for a clog disaster. With gDiapers, you use the swish stick to break the diaper apart into small pieces in the toilet before you send them through the pipes, so you’re not as likely to get a clog and it’s easier for waste management to carry them through the sewage treatment process. GDiapers also recommends flushing twice to get a good flow going to carry them through.
That said, if you don’t know the type of plumbing you’re dealing with (and I’ll venture a guess that most of us wouldn’t know what kind of plumbing we’re dealing with at all times), then I definitely wouldn’t try to flush them.
Post # 15
Didn’t mean to threadjack, I’ll start a new topic because I am genuinely curious about this now!
About the diapers…I don’t know that I would ever trust flushing a diaper…why not just toss it? It’ll end up in a landfill either way apparently.
Post # 16
People don’t flush tampons?!?! I’ve always flushed all of my tampons (unless there is a specific sign saying not to) and have never had an issue. Every woman in my family does the same. The bathrooms in the sorority house full of women never had an issue with all the tampons.
@spraguebride: That sucks for your friend. Toilet and water issues are never fun to deal with.