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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

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 reduce clogs. Contact Smith’s Plumbing Service today by calling (901) 290-1110 to schedule a service for your home.

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