Flushable Wipes Are Not So Flushable – But Should They Be Banned?

May 13, 2019

Flushable Wipes Are Not So Flushable – But Should They Be Banned?

Many people have started using so-called flushable wipes. They assume that if the name says flushable, they must be. Unfortunately, these wipes are hurting septic and sewer systems. It’s true that they break down within sewer systems, but they take longer to do so than toilet paper does – and in the meantime they can get caught up with other things that contribute to blockages.

This is why Washington D.C. has passed a law that prevents manufacturers from saying that a product is flushable unless it meets specific criteria, such as it being dispersed shortly after flushing, non-buoyancy, and a lack of plastic. A federal judge has stopped the law, but the question remains: Should these be banned? Let’s take a look at what you should and shouldn’t flush. If you need help from an experienced local plumber, contact High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185 for immediate help.

Do Not Flush These Things

Flushable wipes may be a contributor to clogged drains, but they are not the only culprits. We do recommend that you do not flush them if you want to avoid repairs, but there are other things that can cause clogs too. Do not flush cotton balls, cotton swabs, hair, dental floss, toiler roll tubes, facial wipes, band-aids, condoms, tampon applicators, cigarette butts, or sanitary pads. Flushing any of these can cause serious issues. If more than one type of non-flushable item is flushed, it can lead to serious clogging.

What to Do if Your Sewer Line Becomes Clogged

First of all, know that a clogged sewer line does not always mean a sewer line that is not working at all. There are signs before it becomes 100% clogged including a toile that runs all the time, gurgling drains, or water that backs up and comes out of your drains. If you have any of these issues, you should contact High Speed Plumbing right away at 626-890-0185 so we can get the issue repaired before it turns into a major issue.

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The truth is that many people do not realize that flushable wipes are not truly flushable – and why would they know when the label indicates that they are flexible? We find a similar lack of knowledge with things like garbage disposals and what can really go down them, or myths about sewer lines.

If you have questions or are unsure about any plumbing need, or you need services, you can always contact High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185. We are your neighborhood plumber who is ready to help you get the service you need. Call us now!