Toilet paper may not seem like something that takes a careful choice, but
the wrong toilet paper can damage your septic and
sewage systems. Soft, plush toilet papers take longer to break down, and can lead to
clogs or backups in septic tanks our older systems. Here are some considerations
to make when choosing the best toilet paper for your household.
Thick or Thin?
1-ply toilet paper isn’t as soft as thinker paper, but it often costs
less per sheet, and recent advances in manufacturing have increased the
softness and absorbency of 1-ply. If your system is prone to clogs or
plumbing issues, 1-ply toilet paper may be the better choice. It dissolves
faster and can prevent clogs. With less paper per sheet, a roll of 1-ply
paper takes less resources to make.
2- or 3-ply paper has thicker squares, meaning you can use less. It is
also softer and more absorbent, but it can be difficult for some systems
to handle. Certain brands have been working to develop 2- or 3-ply paper
that breaks down more quickly. Look for toilet paper marked “septic
safe” for paper that breaks down easily. Some brands offer toilet
paper that uses 100% recycled fibers to lessen the environmental impact,
but these recycled papers can be less soft than others.
Septic systems require different care than sewage systems, and if your
home uses a septic tank, you may need a different toilet paper. When selecting
toilet paper that won’t cause damage to your septic system, look
for the following:
- Avoid toilet papers that use softening additives, such as extra-plush brands
- 1-ply for a toilet paper that breaks down easily
- “Rapid dissolving” or “septic safe” on the label
- Recycled fibers for an ecofriendly choice
Don’t flush anything except human waste and toilet paper. Even “flushable”
wipes won’t dissolve in a septic tank.
Finding the right toilet paper for your home involves a balance between
comfort and dissolvability. Expect to try several different kinds of toilet
paper to find the one that works best for your plumbing and is comfortable
for your family. No matter what kind you choose, be sure to limit the
amount you use to help keep clogs from occurring and save you money.
Does your plumbing system clog easily? Contact our
Bartlett plumbers to find out what you can do to improve your home’s plumbing and
Contact Smith’s Plumbing Service today by calling (901) 290-1110 to schedule
a service for your home.