Flushing Flushable Wipes

Are Flushable Wipes Safe to Flush?

Have you ever reminisced about that first encounter with a moist wipe, replacing traditional toilet paper? Initially, you may have had mixed feelings, but after a few uses, you were sold! However, the question arises: are these “flushable” wipes as dependable as they seem?

Uncovering The Truth About “Flushable” Wipes

Wet wipes are cleverly marketed as “flushable” and “septic-safe,” leading us to believe that flushing them down the toilet is a breeze. However, this assumption is far from the reality. While these wipes do eventually disintegrate, they do so at a slower rate compared to toilet paper. This slower breakdown often leads to more frequent pipe clogs and blockages, ultimately jeopardizing your home’s plumbing and resulting in substantial plumbing expenses.

Which “Flushable” Products Are Culprits of Clogs?

These so-called “flushable” wipes, when flushed, tend to intertwine with other items already present in your sewer line. Commonly flushed items such as thick toilet paper, paper towels, cotton swabs, dental floss, sanitary pads, and toilet cleaning pads are all contributing factors to clogs and backups.

The combination of these items with wet wipes results in the troublesome issue known as “ragging.” In the unfortunate event that this occurs in your home, it’s time to reach for your phone and search for a plumber.

Should I Continue to Flush “Flushable” Wipes?

Manufacturers may provide test results claiming that flushable wipes are safe to flush. However, evidence suggests that flushing these wipes can heighten the risk of sewer line clogs and necessitate more frequent septic tank pumping. So, while these wipes may feel like a remarkable invention, it’s wise to abstain from using them. Stick to flushing only toilet paper – apart from the obvious.

What To Do If Wipes Have Already Caused a Clog?

Remember, just because something is labeled as “flushable” doesn’t always make it a reality. This principle applies to those beloved “flushable” bathroom wipes and their misleading packaging. If your home frequently experiences clogs, whether you use wet wipes or not, there is an underlying issue that demands attention. Plumb-All is always prepared to assist you, no matter the size of the clog. For further information or to schedule an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us at (844) 758-6225.

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Posted on November 06, 2023