Does the coronavirus have you worried about toilet paper? Using paper towels or napkins can lead to plumbing problems.

Does the coronavirus have you worried about toilet paper? Using paper towels or napkins can lead to plumbing problems.

The photos from supermarkets of aisles emptied of paper products get no less jarring as the coronavirus continues to have an impact. People reportedly are asking other shoppers before they park at a store if toilet paper is available.

But carts full of toilet paper lead one to ponder just how much damage we can do to our toilets during self-quarantine. (Bidets are becoming popular.) 

Baby wipes? Those don’t go in the toilet.

As for Kleenex? That, too, is a no-go.

Paper towels? Nope.

Wipes are one of the No. 1 causes of a backup in plumbing systems — baby wipes and paper towels. Paper towels are pretty tough. They’re designed to absorb spills, but they’re not designed like toilet paper, which is supposed to break down as soon as it hits water. They have a tendency to clump up and that causes problems.

This is a crazy time. People are hoarding toilet paper. But I do know the only thing that should go down a toilet are the three “P”s”!. Anything else, put it in a bag, seal it up and toss it in the garbage. That’s what it’s for.

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