American toilet paper causing toilet clogging issues at Japanese air force base

American toilet paper causing toilet clogging issues at Japanese air force base

“American multi-ply toilet paper brands are to blame for frequently clogged pipes on Yokota Air Base, Amy Moses, operator of the tower maintenance department on Yokota, told Stars and Stripes in a phone call Monday. Yokota, in western Tokyo, is the headquarters for U.S. Forces Japan, 5th Air Force and the 374th Airlift Wing.

“We aren’t trying to take business away from the exchange or commissary,” she said. “But it saves a lot of work and frustration for everyone in the long run if you don’t use that toilet paper.”

Over time, thick toilet paper brands can back up in the septic system and lead to flooding and clogged drains that affect the bathtub and sink, Moses said. She said Japanese brands are designed to dissolve faster than American brands.”

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One could hardly blame Japanese plumbing for the issue of clogged pipes. The fact is, super-absorbent toilet paper here in the U.S. also causes all sorts of havoc and blockages. As an alternative, you could purchase a bidet and use two-ply toilet paper to help reduce the chance of clogging.

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