Flushable wipes seem like a great convenience item whether you have small children or are constantly on the road. However, they may not be as versatile as they are made out to be. Here are 4 reasons that you should avoid flushable wipes.
Similar to traditional wipes, flushable wipes are not safe to flush. The price is raised and the marketing leads consumers to falsely believe that they are safe to flush. Since you should not flush any wipes, save yourself some of your hard earned cash and buy traditional wipes or using degradable alternatives. Either way, they will end up in the trash so there is no need to spend extra on your wet wipes.
While the wipes may make it through your pipes, they can end up causing damage to the sewage system as well. This can end up causing sewage flooding which is quite possibly the worst smell imaginable. Depending on the location and severity of the issue, it can also cause damage to your home itself. Not only can it damage your home sewage system, but large blockages can form in the town’s sewage system when things that do not easily break down are flushed repeatedly.
The amount of time it takes for wipes to break down is much longer than it takes for people to use them. They are quickly filling up the systems and can cause long-lasting damage to the environment. Most things wipes are used for can be replaced using more environmentally alternatives.
While you should be able to flush flushable wipes in theory, they can do a lot of damage to your plumbing. They break down much slower than toilet paper and can cause clogs in your pipes. Usually, once the clog begins, it makes it so that smaller particles are also getting stuck in the pipes as well. The problem with this is that the blockage just continues to grow. It can end up causing serious damage to your plumbing system if left unchecked. If this has happened to you then contact residential plumbing services to fix the damage and immediately stop using flushable wipes.
There are not any wet wipes on the market that are safe to flush. For them to be safe to flush, they would have to break down in the water which would make it impossible for them to be pre-moistened if they were able to properly break down. Avoid the headache and keep your home safe by avoiding flushable wipes altogether.