Toilet paper is different from other types of paper. Unlike facial tissues and paper towels, you want it to disintegrate when it gets wet. And while all toilet paper dissolves eventually, the speed at which it breaks down differs.
Slow-dissolving toilet paper can get caught in your plumbing and cause clogs. That’s why it’s critical to buy the right type, especially if you have an old toilet, aging pipes, a septic tank, or a family member notorious for using wads of toilet paper. Here’s how to find the best toilet paper for your plumbing system.
1-Ply vs. 2-Ply vs. 3-Ply Toilet Paper
The difference between 1-ply, 2-ply, and 3-ply toilet paper lies in the number of sheets per tear-off square. 1-ply toilet paper is only one sheet thick, while 2-ply paper has two sheets per square. There are even 3-ply varieties with a triple layer of paper for a truly luxurious experience on the commode.
In general, 1-ply toilet paper is the type recommended by plumbers. Even if you end up using more to counteract the thinner composition, 1-ply paper still breaks down faster. And that’s the key to preventing toilet paper from clogging your pipes. Still, limiting the amount of paper you use can help decrease plumbing problems further, no matter what thickness you use. You’ll also save money on toilet paper costs if you conserve it more.
If your toilet clogs frequently, try switching from 2- or 3-ply to 1-ply paper. While scratchy, tear-in-your-hands, 1-ply toilet paper certainly exists, rest assured that there are plenty of soft, luxurious options in the single-ply category. Squeezing the roll is a good indicator of softness, which can help you decide what brand to try next.
Best Toilet Paper for Septic Tanks
If your pipes lead to a septic tank, you must be particularly choosy about what you flush down the toilet. Follow these tips for the best results:
- Avoid brands with the word “plush” in the name. Your derrière might enjoy the treat, but your septic system could be more liable to clog.
- Regardless of thickness, look for the word “rapid-dissolving” on the label.
- Consider recycled toilet paper, which won’t hurt your septic system and is good for the environment.
- Never flush anything except human waste and toilet paper.
Making Your Decision
In the end, finding the best toilet paper for your plumbing system involves striking a balance between comfort and dissolvability. Still, rapid-dissolving toilet paper remains a top priority if you have finicky pipes or a septic system.
Puget Sound Plumbing and Heating offers sewer line and drain cleaning services in the Seattle area. We have a 20-year history of keeping our customers’ pipes flowing smoothly, and we would be happy to help if your toilet has clogged or is overflowing. We can also offer our expert recommendations about what toilet paper to use based on your plumbing system. To request plumbing services in the Puget Sound area, please call (206) 350-0079 or contact us online.