Why Flushing Regular Wipes Will Clog Your Drains
It’s Time to Look at Wet Wipes Differently
If you regularly used wet wipes only to clean your child and have now started using them for yourself, then it’s time to take a different look at wet wipes. Wet wipes used for babies can be tossed into the trash with the diaper, but this is not what the adults do who choose to use wet wipes.
Adults are always flushing the wipes, even though it’s not something they would do after they clean their child when they have a dirty diaper.
Although many manufacturers would love for you to think that you can easily flush a wet wipe away, you’re mistaken if you do so because they have been notorious for causing clogs in the sewage system, and it may not be your home alone that’s affected by the clog.
You can flush wet wipes and find that they still exist, even several weeks after they’ve been flushed down the toilet. Although you may no longer see the wet wipe, those in a sewage treatment plant that gets the waste will see the wet wipe and may have to do a lot of vigorous work to get rid of the wipes, which is not the same thing that has to be done with toilet paper.
Toilet paper has no problem degrading, but wet wipes seem to want to stick around forever, and the clogs they cause can be very troublesome.
Wet Wipes Have Caused Many Big Plumbing Problems
Several cities around the globe have experienced problems that they blame on wet wipes, and London is an infamous one. Many people were complaining in London that they were not able to flush their toilets, and after going into the sewage system to find the problem, a massive wad of wet wipes along with grease had solidified itself into the sewage system and took three weeks to clear and dislodge, and the entire ball weighed 15 tons.
The massive ball of wet wipes was named fatberg, and it’s been used as a cautionary tale to let others know how bad wet wipes are for the plumbing system.
Certain cities have even printed out flyers that they hand out on a regular basis to let people know not to flush wet wipes, even though some people still stubbornly do so.
The problem has been so serious in certain cities that many are lobbying for bills that make the wet wipe creators accountable, especially since they are labeling the products as flushable when they are not.
The biggest plumbing problems caused by wet wipes is clogs, and the clogs can range from small to large, and it’s even possible for the clogs to cause problems for someone other than the person in the home flushing the wet wipes.
Don’t Risk Your Plumbing by Flushing Wet Wipes
Before you think about flushing any wet wipes, think about the alternative, which is to throw it away into the garbage. It may seem a bit gross or even nasty to throw the wipes in the garbage, but you’d much rather have to take out the trash more often than to pay money constantly to have clogs dislodged in your home because you are flushing wet wipes on a regular basis.
If you still have a child that you change regularly, then allow the wet wipes you use for yourself to be thrown in the trash with their diapers, and you’ll know that the wipes were disposed of properly.
Those who continue to flush wet wipes are only asking for trouble, especially since the clogs are almost inevitable, and this is more likely if the person uses wipes every single time they go to the bathroom. There are also other ways to wipe one’s self after using the bathroom, other than simply using toilet paper.
If you have a towel that you can use to clean yourself, then simply wipe yourself after you’ve used toilet paper, and then you can wash the towel with soap and water, so you can use the towel again when you’re ready.
Wet Wipes Have a Place in the Garbage
Wet wipes should only be thrown in the garbage, especially if they are thick in nature. Some wet wipes can be really thin, and that’s why many feel they can easily be flushed, but even the thin wet wipes have the possibility of expanding, and they also don’t degrade fast enough like toilet paper, so it’s always best to put them in the garbage.
It’s not even a good idea to put a wet wipe into a portable toilet, especially since the waste from a portable toilet will still end up in the sewage system.
If you’re having a problem getting used to putting a wet wipe in the garbage, then you need to create a garbage that is specifically meant for the wet wipes, even if it’s a garbage that also takes diapers.
Those who choose to get a garbage can that allows them to seal the top of it to prevent smells in the bathroom can use such a can for the wet wipes. Also, don’t hesitate to ball up the wet wipe to put it into a clean one or into toilet paper because this can help mask the smell, even if it is eventually thrown into the garbage.
When in Need, Call a Plumber
If toilet repair is something that you need, and you know that you can use drain cleaning, then give your plumber call. The toilet repair is most likely necessary if you’ve been flushing wet wipes for a long time and are having problems with the toilet. The drain cleaning can be useful for any home, especially if they haven’t had their drains cleaned in more than a year.
Get a plumber from All Types Plumbing, Drain & Rooter Services in Tooele, UT at (435) 241-6715 out to your home today.