The Problem with Flushable Wipes

If you have a baby and toddler, it’s easy to walk down a grocery store aisle looking for wipes, find one or more with packaging that screams “Flushable!” and think you’ve got exactly what you need while preventing your toilet for clogging up.

Except you would be wrong. 

There’s still only thing other than “you know what” meant to be flushed:  toilet paper, because it dissolves. Flushable wipes don’t. Just because they flush doesn’t mean you’ve beaten the odds. Sooner or later, a clogged toilet is coming.

So how do manufacturers get away with advertising their products as flushable?  Sometimes they don’t.  Take the case of Australia’s White Kind flushable wipes who got slapped with a $700,000 fine for claiming their product flushed “just like toilet paper”.

Wipes are made from a very tough material called “air-laid paper”, and are often impregnated with cleansing chemicals, disinfectants and cosmetic scents. Wipes are resilient and tend to entangle with other wipes and create blockages. This is a bit like the knot of tangled clothing sometimes found in the washing machine. Sewage system managers around the globe seem powerless to prevent the problem.

We’re not advising you to stop using wipes.  We are advising you, however, to stop flushing them down the toilet.

You’d also do well to teach your kids not to use toilets as trash bins.  You’d be amazed at what we find when unclogging a toilet’s drain line: watches, toys, small slippers, socks, sets of false teeth…you get the idea.

At the same time, if you get a drain or toilet blockage, you can count on Plumbtastic coming to your prompt rescue.  Contact us today for any home plumbing or drain cleaning need.

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