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Personal wipes are everywhere. Sales of the products, including makeup and baby wipes, have surpassed 16 billion dollars in 2019. Consumers love their performance and ease of use. And with many labeled as flushable and septic safe, who wouldn’t want to use them?

This is where the debate begins. Flushable wipes are specifically engineered to be flushed. Since flushable wipes are made of plant-based fibers, they are meant to quickly lose strength and begin to dissolve in the water. Some brands are even accredited as safe for plumbing and sewer systems. But despite this brilliant engineering, there have been many instances where flushable wipes don’t work as advertised and have proven awful for plumbing. 

No, it’s not a good idea
In almost every home, plumbing systems are the victim of inadequate water pressure, which often fail to transport flushed wipes out to the city’s sewer system. Toilet paper is designed to quickly disintegrate with minimal water. Personal wipes are able to withstand being submerged. They are able to survive the journey from the home through many miles of pipes until ending up in the municipal sewage treatment plant. It is inevitable that in some parts of the sewer line, flushable wipes can easily become trapped and cause clogging, disrupting the entire drainage system. Things get even worse if there’s not enough water to transport the wipes into a city sewer line. At some point, your sewer will get clogged. 

Plumbers and sewage treatment plant managers argue that nothing but the “Three P’s” are safe to be flushed, pee, poo, and toilet paper. Spokespeople for the manufacturers of personal wipes stand by their testing claims that their products are safe to flush and deem the accusations as unfair. They blame the problems of clogged sewers and treatment plants on wipes that are not meant to be flushed.

Are you prepared for the cost?
In the USA, repairing flushable wipe clogs can cost you around $600 to $1200, depending on the situation’s adversity. Costs quickly rise if there’s damage to other components of your drainage or septic system, such as sewage pumps. So next time you think of flushing labeled wipes down the toilet, make sure you take into account the risk and associated costs of clearing the clog and repairing the damage. 

The best way to deal with personal wipes is to throw them in the trash. One easy way is to maintain a separate bin with a lid and treat as you would a soiled baby diaper. 

Why call professionals for clogged problems?
Have you already been flushing wipes down the toilet? Are you concerned about expensive repairs down the line?  On-time preventive maintenance can preserve the functionality of the plumbing system in your house. Call a professional plumber before it’s too late. Letting professionals do some cleaning tasks on your plumbing system can easily prevent clogging problems.

Moreover, resolving a clogging problem is not DIY-friendly. You need to call an expert for dependable work. Here are the top 3 benefits of calling a professional plumber:

  • Skilled workmanship
     – Plumbers are highly experienced individuals with extensive training and are knowledgeable in handling all plumbing problems. They understand the plumbing system’s ins and outs. 
  • Detailed diagnostics –A qualified plumber can correctly diagnose plumbing problems and repair them instantly. They are capable of finding complex problems and suggest personalized solutions and viable preventive measures that work with your budget.
  • Convenience – Plumbing issues always tend to appear at the worst possible times. Hiring a plumber can help you save time since they are usually available whenever you need them and can get the job done quickly. Let the professionals take care of your problems and help you get back to your life. 
Flushable wipes might seem safe to flush, but they also come with the risk of clogged sewer lines. If you have questions about preventive measures or are in need of professional assistance, call us today.