Not all toilet paper is alike. And people have strong opinions when it comes to choosing their favorite type of toilet paper for many reasons.
As plumbers, we know there are numerous causes to why toilets clog. Likewise, with septic tanks, there are several factors that can lead to leaks, clogs, or malfunction. A common problem with both toilets, sewer lines and septic tanks alike are the types of toilet paper being used.
We’ll explain the different types available on the market and show you the best septic tank safe toilet paper brands to choose for your home, apartment, RV, or boat.
Types of Toilet Paper
Most toilet paper comes in 1-ply, 2-ply, or 3-ply. Other types have biodegradable properties, septic safe features, and other comfort options. Here is a breakdown of the different types of toilet paper.
1, 2, and 3-Ply Toilet Paper
Toilet paper comes in 1, 2, and 3-ply styles and corresponds to the amount of layers the paper has. 1-ply toilet paper is usually the most affordable and is the most common type you’ll see in commercial bathrooms as well. Some might not find it to be as comfortable due to how thin it is.
2-ply toilet paper is still safe for septic tanks and many find this ply to be their sweet spot when it comes to comfort, cost, and performance. 3-ply toilet paper, or as it’s often referred to as plush, is thicker (and sometimes softer due to lotions and other features) and breaks down slower than other types. You can still use 3-ply toilet paper, but be cautious about how much you use with each flush and with how many people in your household. The more people you have in your home, you’ll want to consider a lower ply.
Septic Safe Toilet Paper
While all toilet paper is made to dissolve eventually, the speed at which it dissolves is what really matters. Using septic safe toilet paper will ensure a quicker breakdown which avoids clogs in your pipes and septic tank.
Biodegradable Toilet Paper
Technically speaking, all toilet paper is biodegradable. However, toilet paper that is specifically called biodegradable means that it takes less water to break down and is more septic friendly. The drawback to these types is they’re usually less comfortable and often more expensive than regular brands.
The Best Toilet Paper
So what’s the verdict on what is the best type of toilet paper? Well, the answer depends on a few factors: cost, comfort, and performance. The next time you’re shopping for toilet paper, make sure you choose one that is cost-effective and septic safe.