April 2, 2019

Don’t Flush Wipes Down Your Toilet!

flushable wipesWet wipes can cause serious damage to your home’s plumbing. They don’t dissolve and they clump together causing pipe clogs. Flushing wipes down the toilet might not be an immediate issue, however, the problems will arise later when the wipes move through the sewer system. Then, they will wreak havoc on the local wastewater treatment plant. 

If you are flushing wet wipes down the toilet, you will most likely experience plumbing problems in the near future. Damage caused by wet wipes can be over a grand to repair! These damages are easy to avoid, however. Learn why it’s important that you throw away, instead of flush, wet wipes. 

Why shouldn’t I flush wet wipes down the toilet? 

Even though plumbing problems might not be apparent right away, flushing wet wipes down the toilet will definitely cause issues in the future. Here’s why:

They dissolve slowly or don’t dissolve at all

Toilet paper dissolves quickly, whereas paper towels, feminine hygiene products, and wet wipes can take weeks or even months to dissolve; this is why flushing wet wipes could result in a nasty and expensive clog. 

They clump together 

Wet wipes combine with the fat, grease, and other dirt trapped in the pipes. These wet wipe formations can create huge clogs that can be over 10 feet long and weigh more than 100 pounds… yuck!

They will get caught 

Pipes are often built out of clay, concrete, or iron. These materials are extremely susceptible to the growth of tree roots; when roots enter the pipes they form a web which can trap materials that are trying to pass through. If you are flushing wet wipes down the drain, they will most likely get caught and start a clog. 

They could cause damage at the treatment plant 

You might be thinking, “I’ve never experienced any plumbing issues in my home!” Well, even if wet wipes flush down your toilet and don’t wreak havoc on your home’s plumbing, that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing so somewhere else. Even if the wipes manage to make their way through your plumbing system, these fibrous wipes can damage and overheat the industrial grade pumps at wastewater treatment plants. These damages will cost taxpayers to repair.

Are “flushable” wet wipes really flushable? 

“Flushable” wet wipes are just wet wipes that are less fibrous and stringy than others; this might make them more likely to dissolve and less likely to clump. However, to prevent clogs and issues with your plumbing, we recommend avoiding flushing all wipes and here’s why: 

  • Flushable wipes break down… slowly. Whereas some wet wipes won’t dissolve at all, flushable wet wipes will dissolve. However, the process is so slow that it doesn’t make much of a difference. 
  • They will clump with other items in your sewer line. Toilet paper, cotton swabs, dental floss… anything else that is stuck in the pipeline will clump with the wipes. 


Avoid costly repairs by simply throwing away your wet wipes! If you’re experiencing a troubling clog or issues with your plumbing, get in touch with Applewood today. We’re open 7 days a week to serve you with NO overtime charges!


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