Flushable wipes are used by many people for a variety of reasons. However, too many homeowners are faced with huge plumbing bills when the so-called “flushable” wipes cause sewer clogs. Here’s why you should never flush these wipes.
Why aren’t they flushable?
Although the packaging for flushable wipes says they’re safe to send into your pipes, many parents of toddlers will tell you that many things that don’t belong in toilets are flushable. Yes, a toy soldier can be flushed, but should it be? Flushable wipes will flush down the toilet, but it’s what happens after the flush that causes problems for your plumbing.
When you wet toilet paper, it begins to fall apart almost immediately. This is because toilet paper is made to travel through pipes and sewer lines without causing leaks. A wet flushable wipe is made to not fall apart at all, so imagine the havoc it could wreak on your plumbing system.
Flushable Wipes Harm Pipes
Flushable wipes commonly cause clogs in sewage treatment facilities, which means they’re durable enough to survive miles of pipe systems and still cause problems for industrial-sized pipes. You can be sure that, if there isn’t enough water to carry the wipes from your home into the larger sewer lines outside your property, they will stay in your pipes and cause blockages that are expensive to repair.
How to Prevent Clogged Pipes
The best way to prevent clogged pipes is to avoid flushing anything besides bodily waste and toilet paper. If you must use sanitary wipes, dispose of them in a sanitary trash can rather than flushing them. To prevent clogs, don’t let the following common causes of clogs enter your pipes:
- Paper towels/tissues
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cotton products, like Q-Tips
Whether you have a small drain clog or a major sewer issue, Parker & Sons Plumbing is the perfect choice for the job. We don’t shy away from big projects, and our expert plumbers will get the job done quickly so your home gets back to normal as soon as possible.
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