How Do You Warn Guests About Delicate Plumbing?

How Do You Warn Guests About Delicate Plumbing?

Tess Wilson
Oct 8, 2013

The delightful Monk's Kettle in San Francisco has an adorable sign in the bathroom: "The toilet is only for toilet paper. The trash bins are only for paper towels for composting. Anything else goes in the silver mystery box next to the toilet." How do you let guests know your bathroom plumbing DOs & DON'Ts?

We're accustomed to seeing signs and instructions in public restrooms, but it's far less common to find helpful signs in private restrooms. It is definitely an awkward subject to broach (and nobody wants to feel like they're bossing around their guests), but it can be far more awkward for guests if they inadvertently make a mistake.

If you have old or delicate plumbing, or even just a slightly unusual situation such as a septic system, how do you alert guests to what will and won't cause problems? A tiny heads up seems like a good idea, especially when it means avoiding a graphic conversation! What's your solution? Any horror stories to share?

(Image: Sherrie Uy / Andrijana & Stanimir's Subtle Details House Tour)

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