To Avoid A Crappy Situation | Use These Tricks To Keep Employees From Flushing Inappropriate Things Down Company Toilets
Many plumbing disasters can be prevented if only toilet users refrained from flushing inappropriate items. A good rule of thumb to follow? If it is not the "number one," the "number two," or toilet paper, it should not be flushed.
This might sound like common knowledge, but the simple fact is that people tend to treat property owned by a "faceless" person with less respect than they would treat their own items. Most people you know would agree with the Golden Rule, but in reality, self-interest frequently interferes.
If your business or building has a company toilet, your plumbing is at risk. If you are frustrated with people disrespecting flushing etiquette, you might be on the brink of giving up and succumbing to regular visits from your plumber. All is not lost. These little tips might help remind your employees and guests not to flush their non-flushables.
The Call to Reality
Many things, like feminine hygiene products and wet wipes, are advertised as plumbing- and septic-safe. In reality, these items are just as likely to cause clogs as products without accompanying guarantees.
The next time your plumber fishes out a suspect item, make a copy of the bill, regardless of whether or not the item is allegedly "flushable." Post the bill copy in a visible location inside of the bathroom and highlight the issue behind the plumbing problem.
The person who flushed the offending item probably did not anticipate that it would cause a problem, especially if product packaging misled that person into believing it truly could be flushed safely. Sometimes, people need a reality check before they believe the seemingly over-protective flushing rules.
Is posting a bill passive aggressive? Probably. But unless your culprit has no conscious, it will assuredly bring up feelings of guilt and prevent any reoccurring flushes. On a kinder note, it speaks to the perpetrator without public shaming or confrontation.
Sometimes good people do bad things. Why? Numerous reasons, many of which are rooted in self interest.
If someone is flushing an item down your company toilet, it is for a reason. The object might be too embarrassing to carry out of the stall or too gross to handle longer than necessary. The toilet bowl is right there, just begging to be flushed--even if that person never inappropriately flushed in the past, in this instance, it might appear to be the only option.
You can prevent the moral dilemma by placing a discreet, convenient waste receptacle in every stall. Yes, every stall. This leaves no excuses for flushing--the trash can prevents embarrassment and combats laziness. If your can is outside the realms of the private stall, your mission is compromised.
Get Them On Your Side
We've all seen those obnoxious signs that advise against flushing inappropriate items. Some are threatening, some try too hard to "fit" with the decor, some are just too dang detailed. Despite your best intentions, these signs are often perceived as annoying or patronizing.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Instead of posting one of these signs, win them over with humor. People identify with humor and want to be on the same side as the "funny guy," so if they perceive your as someone with a good sense of humor, they will also be less likely to intentionally do something to hurt you.
Keep your "no flushing" sign light-hearted and humorous. As an added bonus, if something slips down your pipes, you can narrow the whodunit list to those with no sense of humor.
For more information, check out companies such as Issler Plumbing.