04/14/08, 03:16 AM
Join Date: Jun 2002
"Safe" for your septic or sewer system
I got a coupon offer in the mail for Charmin Ultra Strong toilet paper. Which is great, because that is exactly the brand we use.
Looking through their little brochure though, I came across the following: "Septic Safe. Think Charmin causes plumbing problems? Think again!
Charmin has a rigorous testing approach that includes more than 20 test methods to ensure that our bath tissue is safe for your septic or sewer system.**"
I'm thinking to myself, "Well if I had a sewer system, I don't think I would care what kind of toilet paper I used, I wouldn't care if it was "safe" or not."
But then I notice the ** after their quote. "What does that mean I wonder?" Going to the bottom of above quote in small print it says "Charmin flushability claims assure appropriate use in a properly functioning septic or sewer system."
So now I'm not sure what it means. The flushability isn't a concern for me. Well . . . . okay it is, but I don't worry about the flushability aspect of toilet paper. I wonder if it is going to break up properly in the septic tank.
I want toilet paper that once flushed, quickly breaks down into small "blobs" of toilet tissue. I don't want toilet tissue to remain intact once flushed. So what exactly does their ** mean?
Does it mean that Charmin is safe for plumbing, septic, or sewer. Safe as in it quickly breaks down into small little blobs, or safe as in it won't clog the toilet?
Regardless, it really doesn't matter to me. Most toilet paper we use gets thrown in the trash beside the toilet. (I've heard too many stories about toilet paper that won't break down once flushed and possibly causing septic problems.) So unless it's really a mess, it doesn't get flushed around here.
But I wonder how many people don't read the fine print, and just think it is safe regardless? Perhaps I should call the toll free number listed just to see what kind of answers I get asking if it really breaks down in the septic tank or not. Hmmmmm, I could have some fun with these folks!
Michael W. Smith in North-West Pennsylvania
"Everything happens for a reason."