Why You Should Never Flush Your Fish Down the Toilet

For many families with young kids, a goldfish makes a great starter pet. Sadly, most are not long-lived, and there will come a time when you and your children have to bid a final goodbye to your little, watery friend. Because of their size, the age-old disposal method is a gentle flush down the toilet. As it turns out, though, flushing your pet is not a good idea.

Why You Shouldn't Flush Your Dead Fish

Alive or dead, you should never flush a fish. Here are a few reasons why.

1. It Is Unsanitary

It may be carrying disease or parasites that caused it to die in the first place. Unless you deep clean every inch of your bathroom, there could be traces of these germs and bacteria where its remains have touched that could lead to future issues.

2. It Could Damage Your Septic System or Plumbing

While your septic system and plumbing are designed for disposing of undesirable materials, dead fish are not on the list of flushable items. Septic systems are only meant to handle human waste, water and toilet paper. Plus, if it gets stuck in the pipes, a blockage or infestation could occur.

If your water or sewage companies find out that you are responsible for damage due to flushing a dead fish, you could be held solely responsible. It is also unlikely that your insurance would help cover the costs. 

3. The Pet Could Still Be Alive

Even if your fish looks dead, it may actually be alive. What happens if you flush a live goldfish? It is likely to suffer due to all the noxious wastes it encounters. 

4. It Can Pass on Diseases to Local Wildlife

Whether dead or alive, diseases or parasites could be transmitted to local fish species. There is also a possibility that those diseases can be carried in the water to the local environment and wildlife. 

5. It Could Damage the Local Habitat

Fish that survive flushing can make their way to waterways and wreak havoc on the local habitat. They may compete with native species for food and resources, kill local fish and wildlife and destroy vegetation. 

Contact Us If Your Fish Flush Goes Wrong

If you have a blocked drain or a different plumbing issue, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Greater Syracuse is here for you. We can handle any pipe or septic system problem, no matter the cause. Contact us today to learn more.