The short answer is yes! Flushable wipes are not truly flushable, but we’re here to tell you why and how you can continue using them without harming your plumbing system!
When toilet paper gets wet, it is made to disintegrate and lose integrity. Flushable wipes are not made the same way and keep their integrity after getting wet. This makes it super easy to clog pipes and septic tanks with “flushable” wipes.
Because flushable wipes need more water to be adequately pushed down drains, people will flush multiple times to avoid clogged drains. This means that significantly more water is being used than just toilet paper, becoming an even bigger problem for states like California in prolonged droughts.
Flushable wipes have also been known to create large piles of debris that must be removed from city pipes and disposed of at different locations. This excess of waste is significantly worse for the environment than typical toilet paper.
Many companies claim that their “flushable” wipes are genuinely flushable, but experts have tested most brands, and none break down enough to the point of there being no risk of clogs or damaged pipes. To stay safe, don’t flush anything other than toilet paper and normal human waste down the toilet!
While flushable wipes should not be flushed, you can still use them if they are what you prefer! If you still want to use wet wipes, they should only be disposed of in the trash can.
If you have been flushing “flushable” wipes and you notice your toilet getting clogged more often or draining slower, you may have a deeper clog in the pipes. If this happens, call a trusted plumber at High Speed Plumbing.