Why Flushing Disposable Wipes Down the Toilet is Dangerous?

flushing disposable wipesIf you can throw toilet paper into the toilet, why can’t you do the same for disposable wipes? What’s the harm? While convenient, flushing disposable wipes down the toilet is unwise, even if the wipes are labelled flushable.

What Does “Flushable” Mean?

Disposable wipes with the flushable label simply means the wipes are small enough to fit through the drain pipes. An accumulation of these wipes can still clog drains. As far as “disposable” goes, that means you discard them—in the trash—after a single use.

We can’t tell you the number of times our plumbers have cleared a toilet clog. Want to guess what the primary source of the clog was?

Other Problems with Flushing Disposable Wipes Down Toilet

Disposable wipes are also non-woven. This means the material consists of multiple natural and synthetic fiber types, such as cotton, rayon, and plastic resins. Some of these materials are non-biodegradable or they take an exceptionally long time to fully disintegrate. This contrasts with toilet paper, which manufacturers designed to disintegrate when the material comes into contact with water.

Due to the thick fibers, wipes can trap other smaller solid debris that would otherwise pass through the pipes. This includes grease and other oils that eventually turn into solids. In time, what started as a few wipes turns into a large mass of accumulated filth. An average toilet drain pipe, by the way, is only about four inches in diameter. The buildup of solids can easily cause a backup.

We Clear Toilet Drain Pipes

Perhaps you have already thrown a few wipes into the toilet and now notice slow draining. Call Plumbing and Heating Specialist to clear the backup. We also repair heaters and provide special offers on select services. Flushing disposable wipes down the toilet is tempting, but it’s not worth the long-term consequences.

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