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Paper towel being flushed Norwalk, CT

Most homeowners make the mistake of flushing used paper towels down the drain, because they believe that it would break down with water anyway. However, paper towels, tissue paper, and similar products should never be flushed or disposed of in this manner. JNR Plumbing, the trusted plumber in Norwalk, CT, explains why below:


Paper towels are thick, absorbent, and are made to withstand moisture and retain their structure even when wet. This makes them more likely to cause clogs and blockages in your plumbing system.

Does Not Dissolve

Paper towels are not designed to dissolve easily in water. When flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink, paper towels can get caught in the pipes and accumulate over time. Regular drain cleaning will help remove any buildup caused by paper towels, but it’s best to dispose of them properly to avoid further issues.

Can Damage Sewer Lines

Over time, paper towels can make their way into your sewer lines and contribute to blockages that put strain on the infrastructure. This can lead to costly repairs and potentially impact the sewer system’s overall functionality.

Make it a habit to dispose of paper towels properly to prevent potential problems. At JNR Plumbing, we can provide you with reliable plumbing solutions, including drain cleaning and water heater repair. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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