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  I need a cute, nice or funny way to say don't flush anything down the toilet. The septic needed pumped and the guy said do you have old people stay. Several Depends have been flushed. 

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If you only knew what I have.  Never knew about them till we bought this land.     You know what I'm talking about?

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 I don't like seeing things spelled out, and in fact it grosses me out. Just like I don't like or want to know who was "using" my bed before I stayed in it.

blech

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That's why I liked the one I posted eons ago, "Country plumbing (or Septic System) not like town, only TP will go down."  I don't want to hear about everything either. 

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We get a lot of city folk here who have no idea what a septic system is.  They flush everything and anything in their apartments in the city and need to have things spelled out.  I do agree that tip toeing around the issue might do the trick with some guests, but at the risk of offending the more delicate ones , I lean on the side of saving the plumbing. 

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 Same here. We have a village septic tank but the same rules apply. 

Originally I had a note saying "as the village is on a septic tank please do not flush items down the toilet, but use the sanitary bags and bins provided."

I then had a couple of people ask if it was ok to put toilet paper down the loo, so had to change the note to say (except toilet paper). 

 

You have to spell it out.

 

 

Just because people in the city get away with flushing everything down the loo doesn't make it right or mean they won't block the system.

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We had guests ask last week if tp was ok to flush and I don't even have signs. No idea why they asked other than they had stayed somewhere else where it was a problem.

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Madeleine wrote:

We had guests ask last week if tp was ok to flush and I don't even have signs. No idea why they asked other than they had stayed somewhere else where it was a problem.

Maybe in a tent. LOL

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 Were they Greek? I don't know about the mainland but it's common not to flush tp on the islands.

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Entirely different continent. And not mine or yours!

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It's common in many areas of Africa and Asia to put TP in a recepticle and not flush it. 

And then there are the extreme cheapskates. youtu.be/olWArpqK3F0 And the part that gets me is at the end when the kid says "It's kind of dirty" and the mother replies "That's okay, it's clean."

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 We have a sign over the TP that says,

Our "country plumbing" was not designed to accept bulky items like: tampons, condoms, diapers, paper towels, personal hygine wipes, sanitary napkins etc.

PLEASE DO NOT FLUSH THESE ITEMS.

Flush toilet paper only.  Use the bags provided for all other items and place in sealed can.

This seems to work. We get pumped out every year but have never had a back up from guests flushing bulky items.  

At one point we thought of making a joke about the "grinder in the toilet" but opted for the sign above.

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 Sometimes I think common sense gets flushed along with everything else! 

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When in doubt, threatening to make someone's vacation a tad more expensive because of a careless disposal works well!

But if you're looking for something clever, try something like "Our Toilets Panic If It's Not Organic. If You Haven't Digested It, Don't Flush It"

Okay, that was pretty lame, but you get the idea.

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No matter how many times you tell 'em, somebody's gonna do it.  I just spent 5 hours last night disassembling a sewage system to find the mouse that some girl flush.  The "hunt" for the offending item required that I had to disassemble a vacuum pump to discover it's not there.  I removed four duckbills to discover it's not there.  I vacuumed all of the discharge lines to discover it wasn't there.  Then, lastly, the big job - I had to completely remove the toilet, seals, and discharge plates to find that it was stuck in the hose.  So, I had to remove the entire hose, cut it and re-engineer a new fitting into place since the hose had been destroyed at the spot of the where the clog was.

When the group got there on Sunday, I TOLD THEM that if they do it, I will dig it out and I will mail it back to the offender (and if the person who made the booking didn't figure out which one of her girlfriends it was, then she would get the present), and that it's not the first time I've done that.  That's my policy; I spell it out up front; and although it will kill any potential for repeat business, I already know that I don't want repeats of people like that.  Oh...and they will also get the repair bill.  Marine labor runs $100/hour no matter what the job is.

Five hours into it, and I have retrieved the object, and still need to re-seat the toilet, re-assemble the pump and put it all back together.

All I need now is a stamp.

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You are my hero(ine)!

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I agree with "Put it above the toilet paper roll. More guests will see it there" however I had a good chuckle because I have that nice little point at the tip of my TP and I cannot tell you how many times that nice little point is still there after guest has been in the room for hours / days .....

Um I KNOW darn well they did not put that little point back there after using it, I also know they probably did not bring their own so I can only guess .. eww don't even want to think about it (Shake shake shake ... excuse the pun)

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Thank you for this to-the-point wording.  I added 'no hair', and deleted the last paragraph, centered in the 'Old Century' font, and framed signs (yes, the dreaded signs I've been holding off of for so long) will go up above each toilet.

-(other) Kathleen

(edited to add that this is in reply to Harborfield's post)

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Skamokawa wrote:

Thank you for this to-the-point wording.  I added 'no hair', and deleted the last paragraph, centered in the 'Old Century' font, and framed signs (yes, the dreaded signs I've been holding off of for so long) will go up above each toilet.

-(other) Kathleen

(edited to add that this is in reply to Harborfield's post)

Put it above the toilet paper roll. More guests will see it there.

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Country plumbing. Not like on town. Only toilet paper will go down.

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Mtatoc wrote:
Country plumbing. Not like on town. Only toilet paper will go down.

I was trying to remember what that little ditty was. It's in a lot of restrooms in little shops around here.

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 I would just put a sign up saying "We are on a septic system, pls be considerate of our plumbing." I would not spell out anything, please, as we always say, don't offend everyone else.

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the only problem with this many people (ie myself included) would not know what to put down and what not. Believe in being as discreete as possible but people are idiots and also don't think rules apply to them ust everyone else.

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All of our toilets have the following posted over them:

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STOP Please, Do Not Put
Anything In The Toilet That
You Have Not Eaten First!

(Except toilet paper)

The sewage system cannot digest anything else.
No tampons or sanitary napkins, No paper towels or
"Wet Ones," No dental floss, No diapers, No cigarettes!

If a toilet or faucet has a tendency to keep running,
please let us know as soon as possible.

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I ordered the sanitary bags in the personalized packaging from Greenwich Bay and there is one on the tank of every toilet or within near reach. Nothing will stop some people but I think it does help having both the bags AND a sign

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Simply put: SEPTIC SYSTEM - please only flush TP, for all other personal items please use the sanatary can.  We have a separate can - foot peddal lid with bags inside.  I add plastic grocery bags for baby diapers... unfortunately we don't know when we need these for adults!

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I asked a question here a while back about attaching a garbage disposal to the kitchen sink. Maybe they should be attached to the toilets instead!

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Please refrain from putting anything that does not come out of you down the loo.

We have a sticker on our toilet that says "Please be aware that this is a macerating toilet (here put in septic system) so please refrain from putting any contraceptives, sanitory products, nappies etc as this will clog/break the system with unpleasant results there will also be a $300 fine for fixing the toilet. We havn't had a problem since then.

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 FORGET THE CUTE! Just simply put a note saying it right out!!!

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Not that you would post this but OBF's dad said to me as he pointed out the head the first time I was on their boat, 'If it wasn't in your mouth first, it doesn't go in there.'  See how well that stuck with me? 40 years!

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Unbelievable.  Inexusable.

But since it's true, I wonder whether it might help to have some small, opaque plastic bags under the sink along with a note asking folks to wrap anything other than toilet paper that they might be tempted to flush down the toilet, along with a suggestion of where they could dispose of the bag once tied up.

But I say again, unbelievable and inexcusable.

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 STOP! I can't believe that, no way. How terrible.

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 Oh yes I bet this happens to lots of innkeepers and no one knows it.  I never dreamed anyone would do that. 

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sandynn wrote:

 Oh yes I bet this happens to lots of innkeepers and no one knows it.  I never dreamed anyone would do that. 

We have an issue when I worked for the health dept with women flushing things, also on a septic and was right on the edge of Botany Bay (yeah where Capt Cook landed in Australia) south of Sydney, we had waste baskets but they would not use them, we finally had to hire the monthly rented disposal bins for them to get the idea and insist they use them.

 

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