Do flushable wipes live up to their name? Should you really be flushing them down the drain?
Though “flushable wipes” sound like a convenient toiletry option, they can actually cause lots of issues with your sewage pipes. They can technically be flushed down toilets, but are likely to get stuck in your drainpipe or build up over time and cause a clogged drain.
Don’t be fooled by false advertising! Even the Washington Post has written about it! (Article Here)
Why don’t flushable wipes flush?
The materials of these wipes don’t disintegrate, like most toilet paper does. When toilet paper gets wet, it is designed to essentially fall apart. Flushable wipes are stronger than most paper towel brands, and hold their structure even when wet. This structural design makes them more likely to back up your sewer system.
Will my pipes clog from flushing these wipes?
These wipes can cause blockages, as there isn’t enough water to push them through the sewer line. They may cause the need for your septic tank to be pumped more often. They can lead to sewage line blockage and back up, which could cause flooding in your home!
Save yourself (and your sewer system) the hassle, money, and inconvenience, by safely disposing of your wipes in the trashcan. Thick toilet paper, paper towels, cotton swabs, dental floss, sanitary pads, and toilet cleaning pads should also only ever be disposed of in the trashcan. We want to keep your pipes clear and running smoothly!
Think twice before you flush!
Because these wipes take so much longer to breakdown than your average toilet paper brand, we’d recommend steering clear of the false advertising. Dwyer is committed to keeping your pipes clean and clear, and your home as comfortable as can be.
We know accidents happen. Always call Dwyer if you are having any issues with your plumbing!