Taking care of your “business” in the bathroom is not exactly dinnertime conversation. People tend to avoid any type of discussion that delves deeper than simply “using the bathroom”. However, if you’ve watched any television in the past few months, you know companies are now promoting flushable wipes, something once reserved for babies, now handy for all ages.
But are they the best thing to use every day? Will they flush smoothly ever time? And what will happen to your plumbing once you’ve flushed multiple wipes over the course of a few days?
Flushable wipes are a consumer’s dream come true and every plumber’s nightmare. While clogs can develop from any number of items, plumbers will now tell you one of the most common causes of a clog is flushable wipes.
Flushable wipes are quite similar to baby wipes. Just like a baby wipe, these flushable wipes are used to keep your nether regions clean. But unlike toilet paper, these flushable wipes simply do not disintegrate as they move through your plumbing system. While one or two may move through the pipes, when you send multiple wipes down over time, the clogging begins.
Consumer Reports did a test on flushable wipes and found that after 30 minutes of simulated swirling (just like a toilet bowl) the wipe was still intact. (You can watch the video here.) The wipe showed no signs of even beginning to break down.
If you are a fan of flushable wipes, it may be time to rethink your actions. For the sake of your plumbing, either dispose of flushable wipes in the trashcan or stop using them. It only takes a few wipes to get hung up in your pipes for a major disaster to happen. No matter what the packaging says, flushable wipes are not flushable.