Flushable Wipes Causing Sewer Problems

Flushable Wipes Causing Sewer Problems Posted by on February 17, 2014 in Drains, Plumbing

 

Next time you decide to flush that wipe down the toilet, you may want to reconsider.

Happening more often than not, sewers are becoming clogged after the pre-moistened towelettes being packaged as “flushable” are being tossed down the commode.

We’ve all seen them and chances are we’ve used them, but many plumbers are finding out that these so-called flushable wipes are becoming a reason for backups in city plumbing systems.

Think Before You Flush

Just because something tells you to flush it, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s “flushable.” Pre-moistened wipes are particularly different than regular toilet paper.

These wipes are not biodegradable and don’t break down after being flushed. As a result, they are causing serious backups, some even making it back to the water plant where water is cleaned and recycled.

Many tests have been done to see if the word “flushable” can really be associated with these certain types of wipes. Most studies found that most wipes were found intact miles away from where they were flushed, with only minor tears and rips.

The Future of Flushable Wipes

As wipes continue to contribute to blockages in city sewers, crews are being sent to unclog the pipes and pumps, eventually costing more money to fix the problem. Money is being paid on traps to capture the wipes, so that further clogs can be prevented.

However, as money gets spent, people are still flushing these wipes down the toilet. Wipes do cater to the consumer by being efficient and convenient, but flushing them down the toilet may be a mistake.

Albuquerque Plumbing and Sewer Cleaning

When it comes to your sewer lines, TLC Plumbing has been helping Albuquerque locals since 1987. If you have a clogged sewer lines due to “flushable” wipes, we can unclog them with a variety of techniques.

To prevent future clogs or plumbing surprises, TLC Plumbing can take a look at your plumbing with a professional sewer inspection by one of our master plumbers. Contact us today!

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