Understanding Your Toilet Paper Options

There are so many toilet paper options to choose from nowadays; it can make your head hurt. From strong to soft, to 1-ply to 3-ply, picking your favorite type can be overwhelming. And although you might put comfort above the rest, we want you to keep the health of your plumbing in mind, too. The truth is, not all toilet paper breaks down the same, and some might even lead to significant clogs in the future. So, to find the best option for your toilet here’s what you need to know: 

Toilet paper roll in bathroom

Picking A Dissolvable Toilet Paper 

Understand The Levels Of Ply

Most toilet paper brands offer 1, 2, and 3-ply versions; the difference being the level of paper. That being said, the higher the number, the stronger and softer it should be. Now, a common thought in most households is that 1-ply rolls will be wasteful, as you’ll need to use more of it to get the job done. 

However, even if you have to use more of the toilet paper, it often breaks down faster than the thicker and softer options. Some natural brands, or those marketed as “quick dissolve” or “septic safe”, may breakdown quicker than your standard 1-ply. While those marked “ultra plus” will often be the biggest clog culprits and should be avoided.

Do Some Testing

If you are worried that your current toilet paper option is leading to a massive clog, you can do some testing on your own. Place one piece of paper in a container of water. After 30 seconds, gently stir. 

Ideally, you’ll want a brand that will immediately breakdown or at least start to shred. You can also do the no flush test, leaving a single piece of paper in the toilet. If you come back to see that it’s intact, your toilet paper is probably not the right fit.

Avoid ALL Wipes

Once you discover the most dissolve toilet paper of your liking, be sure that it’s the only thing getting flushed. There may be a slew of “flushable” wipes out there, but if regular 3-ply soft toilet paper has a hard time dissolving, these wipes will, too. Therefore, limit your flushing to only toilet paper and bodily waste — that’s it. 

Are you experiencing constant toilet clogs or have a recurring plumbing issue?Scott Hale Plumbing is here to help with all your plumbing needs in Salt Lake City — with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call: (801)-797-3376 or request service online today!