Now that the Coronavirus COVID-19 has made its way here to the United States, our society has slowly been learning quite a bit. We know now more than ever the importance of washing your hands with soap and water for 20+ seconds, how quickly and easily the virus can be transmitted, and the impact a serious virus can have on societies across the globe. One notable impact that many have had to deal with as COVID-19 makes its way across the United States is the hoarding of supplies. Fear and panic have caused many to stock up on all the essentials: meats, non-perishable items, guns and ammunition, but most notably… toilet paper. The shortage of toilet paper has led to some rather unusual and unique problems for Americans that we haven’t had to face before. In today’s blog at Gundlach’s Service, we give a few expert tips and advice from our plumbing services in Bakersfield. Keep reading to learn more and if you are in Bakersfield or the surrounding areas and are in need of plumbing services, be sure to contact us right away!

Don’t Flush Paper Towels

Plumbing services across the United States are pleading for people to stop trying to flush paper towels down their toilets. The only acceptable materials that can be flushed are waste and toilet paper. Nothing else should be flushed — including paper towels, baby wipes, tissues, coffee filters, or other alternatives to bathroom tissue. There have been an increasing number of flooding, septic system backups, and severely clogged toilets due to people seeking alternatives to toilet paper. The lack of toilet paper availability has people trying many alternative means that they might not have thought of before. While there are many alternatives that you can use in a pinch for wiping, you should not try to flush these alternatives like you would toilet paper. Simply throw them in a wastebasket instead. This will save you time, money, headaches, and the need to call emergency plumbing services during this already stressful time period. For a little added clarity, feel free to refer to the below list.

Acceptable Items to Flush

  • Toilet Paper/Bathroom Tissue
  • Human Waste

Alternatives to Toilet Paper That CAN NOT Be Flushed

  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Newspaper
  • Sponges
  • Clothes
  • Water

At Gundlach’s Plumbing in Bakersfield, our plumbing services understand that accidents happen. If you or someone you know is in need of plumbing services due to clogged plumbing or any other plumbing needs, contact us today.

Consider a Bidet

Another plumbing-services trend that we have noticed during the spread of COVID-19 is the rise in the popularity of bidets. For those unfamiliar, a bidet is a device that uses a stream of water to promote hygiene and cleanliness after using the restroom. They are built directly into the toilet or toilet seat, are arguably more sanitary and effective than toilet paper alone, and are considerably better for the environment. Having a bidet installed in your home can drastically decrease your need for toilet paper, decrease your costs, and increase your cleanliness. If you are interested in learning more about having a bidet installed in your home, reach out to our plumbing services at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield today!

Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield

At Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield, we offer a wide variety of services to Bakersfield and the surrounding communities. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for plumbing services, HVAC services, home comfort services, or commercial services! Contact us at Gundlach’s Service in Bakersfield today and don’t forget to ask us about our seasonal deals.