Although these wipes are advertised as “flushable,” that does not mean you should always trust what the outside of a package says.
Let’s go over what you need to know about using “flushable” wipes and why they’re in fact, not meant for flushing.
Here’s the Truth About Flushable Wipes
While some people might feel that wipes do a much better job than toilet paper, if you’re not disposing of them correctly, you’re creating a disaster in your plumbing system.
This is because wipes do not dissolve that most toilet paper does.
If you are routinely flushing wipes every time you use the bathroom, this is more than likely to cause your plumbing system to completely back up. This is because wipes cannot dissolve in water like toilet paper does. The more wipes you flush down, the bigger the problem will be.
Essentially, once a series of wipes gets clogged in the line, they are stuck there until they’re able to be removed. The more you flush down, the wipes are becoming stuck essentially continuing to build up the volume of wipes in the line. This will eventually close up the line completely, leaving you with sewage backups into your other drains as well as sewer smells throughout your home.
Which Products Cause These Blockages?
A lot of people tend to think that your plumbing system can handle basically anything that you flush down your toilet. That’s far from the truth. You should not be treating your toilet as if it’s just another trash can in your home. It is quite the opposite.
The only things that you should be flushing down your toilet is toilet paper, preferably 1-ply so it has the best chance of dissolving, and then of course human waste which we all do everyday.
Things like cotton swabs, floss, and wipes are all items you should be throwing in the garbage. Avoid flushing these down your toilet at all costs.
Should You Flush Flushable Wipes?
Take a look at this video that proves why you should not be flushing wipes. This is a common occurrence for our drain division. People often don’t realize the damage that wipes can do to your plumbing system!
What Should I Do If My Toilet Is Already Clogged With Wipes?
If you’re having trouble with a clogged toilet or main line, give us a call! Remember, wet wipes aren’t the only reason behind a backed up toilet or main line. A lot of different factors fall into why a backup or clog can happen.
Take a look into this blog here on the different types of foods and other materials that you should not be putting down any drain in your home.
In conclusion, “flushable” wipes are not flushable. Over time, they will clog your line and completely back up your plumbing system. Oftentimes, this can result in sewage backing up into your toilet or shower, or smelling sewer smells in your home.
Don’t hesitate to contact us here or call us at 1-Tom-Plumber (1-866-758-6237) if you need any help unclogging a drain in your home. 1-Tom-Plumber’s certified team of plumbers and drain technicians respond immediately to any emergency plumbing, drain cleaning, or water damage problem.
We also handle the excavation of underground water lines and sewer main lines. Our immediate-response team is available every day and night of the year, even on holidays.