Are Flushable Wipes Bad For Your Plumbing?

By Thornton Plumbing and Heating

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Many individuals are resorting to flushable wipes as a substitute for toilet paper due to the present shortage in Salt Lake City. Flushable wipes are like conventional disposable wipes, with the exception that they claim to be “septic system safe” or “friendly” and are flushable. Are flushable wipes, on the other hand, safe for your septic system? Is it true that they can be flushed?

Are flushable wipes flushable?

Flushable wipes can theoretically be flushed; unfortunately, while they may pass through the curved area of your toilet, they are more likely to become lodged in the drainpipe or accumulate over time, resulting in a clogged drain.

The trouble with flushable wipes is that they don’t decompose even when they flush and go down the drain. When toilet paper is wet, it swiftly disintegrates. This is because toilet paper is designed to disintegrate rather than clog the drain. When flushable wipes are moist, they do not break down. They keep their shape better than paper towels.

As a result, they don’t dissolve and clog the sewer pipe if there isn’t enough water to force them through. Septic tanks may have to be emptied more frequently, and pipes may become clogged. They can also cause a sewage system backup, resulting in flooding in the residence. They can even cause your sewage pump to catch fire.

Even if the wipes make it through your sewer pipes, they end up at sewage treatment plants, where they can jam the pumps and cause major obstructions. This, in turn, can result in devastating damage to a city’s entire sewer system, resulting in clogs and backlogs that could affect numerous families or water shortages across an entire region.

The bigger picture

In a study conducted in Canada, researchers evaluated 23 different types of flushable wipes. They constructed a working replica of a residential septic system before flushing each wipe. None of the wipes decomposed sufficiently to flow through the system without clogging or causing damage.

Furthermore, every year, utility personnel all across the world clear tones of clogged garbage from sewer systems. And flushable wipes that didn’t degrade properly account for a significant portion of this waste. While flushable wipes may appear to be a good idea at first, they can wind up costing millions of dollars in septic system damage, both at home and in the community.

Should you or should you not use flushable wipes?

If you’re in a hurry and don’t have any other options or have to clean up quickly, flushable wipes are fine.  They should not, however, be flushed down the toilet. Human feces and toilet paper are the only things that should be flushed. While flushable wipes have their advantages, they aren’t exactly what they promise to be. However, if you must use flushable wipes, dispose of them in the trash can rather than flushing them.

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