The Problems With “Flushable Wipes”
CAN WET WIPES BE FLUSHED DOWN THE TOILET?
Contrary to what you may have heard, wet wipes, baby wipes, makeup remover wipes and similar items are not flushable. Since wipes do not break down like toilet paper, flushing them can cause major clogs and blockages.
This can spell really bad news for your plumbing system, which can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Willing to take the risk? Just think of the thousands of dollars this issue is already costing taxpayers and you may want to reconsider.
To avoid any preventable problems with your sewer system, it’s important to refrain from disposing of these items down the toilet. It’s also essential to perform regular maintenance. A simple drain cleaning is an easy solution to help prevent costly problems.
WIPES CAN GET CAUGHT ON A JOINT OR A BEND IN THE PIPE
The pipes that connect your toilet to the town's sewer system are not straight. They may have several turns before making a connection. These bends, where the pipe may become smaller and joints that may become offset and create a lip on the bottom of the pipe, are prime places for debris to become lodged
Just Remember: Your toilet is not a garbage can. Anything that is not human waste or toilet paper does not belong in your toilet.
MYTH: Wipes can be flushed, as long as you flush them one at a time
Fact: Even one wipe can cause a blockage. Wipes and other debris can clump together to create a large ball.This ball has the potential to become lodged somewhere in the pipes. Depending on the severity and location of the blockage, you may need a professional drain cleaning service to clear the blockage. These blockages can also happen at the physical treatment facility (WPCF) and the pump stations. If a blockage is bad enough, it may cause equipment to break, which means it will have to be replaced or repaired. This results in hours of downtime and thousands of dollars in taxpayer expenses.
MYTH: Wipes are just like toilet paper
Fact: Designed to dissolve in water, toilet paper will break apart when submerged. All toilet paper passes strict standards dictating how quickly they need to break apart in water. Wipes are not subject to these same standards because they are not technically “Toilet Paper” Wipes are more fibrous and take a much longer time to break down, if they break down at all. The material is more cloth-like and being a woven product is much more durable. It is this durability that makes them so problematic.
MYTH: Wipes will move through the sewer system without any problems. It says right on the package “Flushable”
Fact: Equipment and pipes are likely to jam or become blocked by these wipes. Even the “Flushable “ ones. The term Flushable was first used in the manufacturing industry for disposal wipes as a marketing strategy to promote sales. It was never tested by plumbers or experts in the sanitation industry for flushability.
Please do you part and keep wipes and all trash out of the municipal sewer system.