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Plumbing Best Practices

How To Protect Your Pipes

Toilet paper is the only thing that should be flushed down the toilets in the bathrooms. Anything else and you may run the risk of clogging the pipes or overflowing the toilet entirely. These such items are:


  • Sanitary/baby wipes don’t dissolve as easily in water as toilet paper does. It can easily clog the pipes.
  • Paper towels are similar in that they don’t dissolve and only take up more space.
  • Excess toilet paper, while able to dissolve, can struggle to do so when flushes in large batches.
  • Q-Tips act like sticks in a dam if flushed down too often.
  • Feminine products such as tampons clog easily.
  • Dental floss can act like a net and easily become stuck on different portions inside of the pipes.
  • Loose hair bunches up over time, leaving less and less room for water flow.
  • Band-aids, many of which, are designed to stick and resist water. They’ll live a longer life within the pipes and stick to other items flushed.
  • Kitty litter often hardens upon coming into contact with water.


If the item isn’t toilet paper it doesn’t need to be flushed. Dispose of all waste properly in a lined trash can/bin.


  • Call 405-744-8510 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Call 405-744-7154 for after-hours, on weekends and holidays, and during university closures.


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