Flushable Wipes – Hero or Zero?

Flushable wipes: Butt wiping hero or zero?

Do you remember your first time using a wet wipe? That smooth baby gliding over your bottom like butter? Weird analogy? Stick with me…. The wipe, for some, was and still is a true beacon of hope. A game changer for personal hygiene worldwide, but what is it doing to your plumbing? The packaging says “flushable”, but are they really safe to flush? Here’s the skinny.

Breakdown:

They’re marketed as “flushable” and “septic safe”, so there should be no problem flushing them down the toilet, right? Wrong! The breakdown of flushable wipes is not as rapid as one would think – taking much longer than normal toilet paper. Considering the breakdown timeline you are really putting your plumbing in danger of major clogs and blockages.

Ragging:

Depending on what you actually flush down your pipes (we all flush bad things down the toilet – no judgement) the wipes can get caught up with other items that are in your sewer line. The combination of these items can cause a major blockage known as “ragging”. Time to call a plumber.

A prime example of “ragging” and why you should steer clear of wet wipes.

Time to give it up:

Manufactures will try their hardest to convince you that these wipes are safe to flush, however, there is evidence that supports the increase of clogged sewer lines. Toilet paper is meant to be the ONLY thing flushed – other than “the obvious”. Just because someone says something, doesn’t make it true. Don’t fall victim to their deceptive packaging, people. If your home is experiencing frequent clogs it’s time to call a plumber. Clarksburg Plumbing is here 24/7 for all of your plumbing needs 301-865-2223.

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