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Old 09-16-2019, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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I always flushed used tampons back in the day when I had periods and used them. Even the cardboard applicator was supposed to be flushable. Of course back in those days we weren't as concerned about he environment.
I'm 71. You don't have to be an environmentalist to be concerned about or experience the effects of tampons on your home's plumbing. Just ask Roto-Rooter.
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:14 PM
 
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Having lived in old houses most of my life - I've avoided putting anything unnecessary down the drain. After witnessing a 6' tall fountain of poo due to a 50yr old blocked drain... well... you just can't get that image out of your mind.
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Old 09-16-2019, 12:16 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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Renters do.
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:35 PM
 
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Another waste material that causes clogs is dental floss.

I was surprised to hear that some people flush it rather than putting in the trash, but a plumber mentioned this as a lesser-known culprit.
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:41 PM
 
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I always flushed used tampons back in the day when I had periods and used them. Even the cardboard applicator was supposed to be flushable. Of course back in those days we weren't as concerned about he environment.
I did at first, though never the cardboard tubes. Later on, ob made tubeless tampons that were supposedly flushable. Yeah, up to a point.

The thing that nobody has mentioned in this thread is that in the old days, toilet flushes used 15 gallons of water! Then the standard became half that, and later half that, and now half of THAT. There are even lower-volume flushers sold.

Basically, I consider a modern residential toilet to be a two-flush toilet for #2, and a single flusher for just pee. Some of the high-powered toilets in highway rest stops have become almost alarming, by contrast.
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Old 09-16-2019, 04:43 PM
 
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I always flushed used tampons back in the day when I had periods and used them. Even the cardboard applicator was supposed to be flushable. Of course back in those days we weren't as concerned about he environment.
Yup!
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:02 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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I don't use disposable wipes at all. Doesn't matter how they get "disposed of", how tiny or minimal they seem to be. They are still chemical-laden, polluting, unnecessary "conveniences". The disposable out-of-sight-out-of mind mentality is the underlying problem. Why promote it?
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Old 09-16-2019, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Nobody needs those things, anyway. Americans are idiots. And pigs.
Well, aren't you just a ray of sun shine. Bless your heart.
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Old 09-16-2019, 06:45 PM
 
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I was stunned when a neighbor mentioned that his small rural township's septic department is now spending over $10K a year dealing with wipe clogs. This was a situation that didn't exist a few years ago, but now takes a significant amount of time and money to constantly address.
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Old 09-16-2019, 08:12 PM
 
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Spend the $300-$800 and get a washlet seat installed. It will pay for itself in a year or two on the savings from toilet paper and wipes.
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