3 Reasons Not To Flush "Flushable" Wipes Down The Toilet

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Wet wipes that are advertised as being flushable have become increasingly popular. Many homeowners purchase flushable wipes and then dispose of them in the toilet. While a lot of people believe that flushable wipes are okay to use, in reality they can actually cause a lot of problems. If you enjoy using flushable wipes in the bathroom, the best thing that you can do is dispose of them in the trash instead of flushing them down your toilet. Some of the top reasons to avoid flushing flushable wipes down your toilet include the following.

Toilet Clogs

Toilet paper is designed to quickly break down in water and flow through your toilet into the connected pipes. While wet wipes for the restroom may be labeled as flushable, that is actually not true. The material used in flushable wipes is not designed to break down nearly as quickly as traditional toilet paper. That means that if you flush flushable wipes down your toilet, you are greatly increasing the chance of a major clog. Over time, flushing flushable wipes can lead to toilet overflows and an expensive repair bill to have a plumber contractor remove them from your toilet.

Sewer Line Problems

In many cases, flushable wipes do make their way through the toilet and attached pipes and into a home's sewer line. Once flushable wipes are in your home's sewer line, they can cause even more problems. When flushable wipes are used on a regular basis, they are more likely to get stuck in the sewer line and cause a blockage. If there are too many flushable wipes in the sewer line, they can block the pipe completely, which can result in sewage backing up into your home. Dealing with a clogged sewer line can be a major hassle—you are much better off either not using flushable wipes at all or throwing them away in the trash.

Protect the Municipal Sewer

Many cities and municipalities are having major problems due to the use of flushable wipes. Flushable wipes can clog up a municipal sewer, which can cause problems for everyone in the area. Cities and municipalities are having to spend huge amounts of money to clean out the sewers and remove flushable wipes, and those costs trickle down the homeowners in the form of higher monthly fees for sewer service. Not flushing flushable wipes down the toilet can go a long way towards protecting your local sewer system. 

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