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We renovated our home last fall and I’m just now getting around to the grand reveal 😉 – keep scrolling to see our white half bath!
I’ve been working with Hoffmann Brothers, a local St. Louis company who has been serving the St. Louis area for over 40 years. Hoffmann Brothers can handle almost anything you need done around the house – residential (and commercial) air conditioning, heating, plumbing, electrical, drain, water heater, sewer, and appliance repair… like I said, almost anything!
With kids in the house, someone is bound to flush something they shouldn’t… but if they do, Hoffmann can help! Whether its a clog that won’t clear (tips on preventing that below 😉 ), or a toilet that always runs or fills slowly, call Hoffmann.
One easy way to prevent toilet trouble is to only flush stuff that’s meant to be flushed… makes sense, but sometimes it can get confusing, especially when some products are being marketed as ‘flushable’.
stuff you should NEVER flush down the toilet
- ‘Flushable’ wipes and/or baby wipes – they just don’t break down well enough to be flushed down toilet pipes
- Menstrual products – even if you have a ‘normal’ plumbing system (ie not septic or well), menstrual products really shouldn’t be flushed
- Diapers – this seems pretty obvious but I think some crazy things happen sometimes
- Floss – this seems innocent enough but floss down the toilet is a no
- Medication – flushing meds may sound like a good idea but it’s really bad for the water system because the meds get into the water – bad environmental side effects. Look into a safe medication trash day with your local police department instead.
- Kitty litter – we don’t have a cat but apparently, some kitty litter is marketed as ‘flushable’ but don’t do it!
- Hair – it NEVER breaks down in water so just throw it in the trash
- Gum – it can stick to your pipes and doesn’t break down in water
- Dead Fish – just don’t.
- Bleach – it can react with other chemicals in your pipes and create a bad reaction. Yikes.
- Paper Towels – they’re just too much for a plumbing system to handle
- Tissues – they seem super similar to toilet paper but they’re not designed to break down the same way
- Anything with cotton – q-tips, cotton balls… both a NO!
- Anything with plastic – including band aids, wrappers, etc.
- Toys – this goes without saying but kids can be crazy 😉
Thanks to House Beautiful for the list of what not to flush!
White Half Bath Reveal
A couple things about the urinal…
- no, it does not stink – I don’t have a ‘urinal cake’ or anything in there but it doesn’t stink at all
- I haven’t had any issues with kids trying to play with it or the dog trying to mess with it
- it really is convenient for guys! this was Chris’s ONE request during the renovation and his logic was that at least half the people who visited our house would love it (the guys) so we went for it!
Special thanks to Hoffmann Brothers for partnering for this reveal + list of what NOT to flush!