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Flushable Wipes and Your Toilet

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A good plumber knows that proper toilet maintenance is a crucial part of keeping your sewer pipes and septic system in good working order. Unfortunately, disposing of non-flushable or non-dissolvable household products costs Americans millions of dollars each year in plumbing and even damage repair services. Today, many companies have started producing "flushable wipes," the seeming answer to the thousands of clogs caused by household wipes each year.

Is there really such a thing as flushable wipes? We are going to tackle that question below.

What Are Flushable Wipes?

Disposable household wipes — baby wipes, makeup wipes, antibacterial wipes and many other varieties — are notorious for clogging sewer pipes and causing structural damage to the pipes' interiors. Most disposable wipe packages indicate that they are not flushable on their packaging, but people flush them anyway and often pay the price later. Major brands have released supposedly flushable wipes that go down your toilet as easily as toilet paper to combat this problem. 

What Happens After You Flush Flushable Wipes?

After you flush a flushable wipe, you probably will not have to worry about it clogging your toilet. These wipes, however, still have a long journey from your toilet through your sewer pipes and to your residential or commercial drain line. Plumbers and waste management specialists then have to spend countless hours unclogging drains and sewers. 

Regular and flushable wipes are not readily distinguishable from each other, so many plumbing experts caution against flushing any kind of household wipe for the following reasons:

  • Dissolvability: Flushable wipes may go down the toilet with ease, but their dissolvability factor can vary — and not for the best. Many so-called flushable wipes stay intact just as long as their counterparts, which causes clogs and related issues.
  • Stringent testing: Flushable wipe manufacturers in the U.S. are not legally required to pass any assessments to label their wipes as "flushable."

Many people make arguments for and against flushing flushable wipes, but the vast majority of plumbing experts agree that, in general, flushable wipes are not all that flushable.

Our Verdict on Flushable Wipes

Manufacturers have a long way to go before flushable wipes can live up to their name. It is best to dispose of flushable wipes in the trash, as with any household item that is not toilet paper. Contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing today at 315-472-1203 and request a free job estimate for all of your Oneida area plumbing needs.