Why You Should Exercise Caution When Using Flushable Wipes
Flushable wipes are very popular right now. They make it easy to clean up after you use the toilet, leaving you with a clean and refreshed feeling. They can also help you save on toilet paper since you don’t have to wipe as many times to get the same results.
Though flushable wipes may be good for your body, they are not good for your plumbing. In fact, they can cause damage that can cost you a lot of money. Here are a few of the reasons you might want to consider going back to plain toilet paper – or at least throwing those “flushable” wipes into the garbage instead of the toilet bowl:
They Can Clog Pipes
Flushable wipes aren’t as flushable as they claim to be. There are no regulations in place about whether manufacturers can advertise their products as flushable, and if so, what criteria have to be met. Therefore, any wipes can be advertised as flushable, no matter how long it takes them to break down and no matter how easy it is for them to move through the plumbing (or is not).
Flushable wipes are thicker than most toilet paper, and they tend to get stuck in pipes, especially around bends and connections. When they get stuck, they cause a chain reaction that can lead to a big clog. The longer clogs stay in your plumbing, the more likely they are to damage your pipes, either because of the increased water pressure or because of the damaging chemicals that are trapped there.
They Can Damage Wastewater Treatment Plants
All those non-flushable flushable wipes won’t just clog your pipes, they’ll also clog up the pipes in your city’s waste management system. In fact, one Dallas wastewater treatment plant had to pay $165,000 to clear the wipes out of the system, according to an NPR report. If that were to happen in your city, it wouldn’t be just a problem for city officials; it would be a problem for you, too. The city would use taxes that you pay to correct the problem, and you could experience outages.
Help yourself and your neighbors by skipping the flushable wipes or by making sure you throw them in the trash.
You May Need to Pump Your Septic Tank More
You may not be on city water or septic, so you may think that this issue isn’t a problem for you. However, putting all those wipes into your system can create problems for your septic tank, and you may need to pump your system more frequently. That’s going to cost you a lot of money, and it could mean more problems for your septic system. You don’t want your system to back up and cause a smelly mess inside your house or elsewhere on your property.
Just keep the wipes out of your system and extend its lifespan. You’ll save money and keep your stress low.
You don’t need flushable wipes to get the results you want. You can always install a bidet to your toilet to spray clean water on your undercarriage to get the same cleaning power. You can then just follow up with a bit of toilet paper. In fact, you’ll likely find the results to be far better than those you get with the wet wipes. If you absolutely cannot part with your wipes, at least make sure that you’re putting them in a trash can next to the toilet instead of putting them in the bowl. You’ll save yourself a lot of trouble and a lot of money, and you’ll be a better citizen to your community and to the environment.
If your system has become damaged from frequent clogs, the professionals at Integrity Repipe may be able to help. Our plumbers in San Diego can perform repipe repair on specific sections of your plumbing, or they can perform a whole-house repipe to address systemic problems. You may need total repiping if your system has been seriously damaged or if it is aging out. A repiping plumber from our team can perform an inspection and let you know what’s necessary. Contact us in San Diego today to schedule an inspection and get an estimate.
Published by – Integrity Repipe Inc
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