The Myth of “Flushable” Wipes

Why These Convenient Products Can Mean Big Trouble for Your Pipes

We’ve all seen them in stores – so-called “flushable” wipes that serve as an alternative or addition to regular toilet paper. According to the packaging, you can flush them down the toilet without worrying, but according to or plumbers, these wipes can cause some serious issues.

Unlike conventional toilet paper, these wipes don’t break down when exposed to water. Instead, they can get trapped in your pipes or get caught on things like cleaning pads or sanitary products that have also been flushed, leading to plumbing problems like:

  • Clogged toilets
  • Backflow
  • Burst pipes
  • Sewage clogs
  • And more

Ultimately, the vast majority of professional plumbers recommend that you dispose of these wipes, as well as other non-toilet paper products that you may habitually flush, in the trash to avoid the serious plumbing issues they’re associated with.

Spot the Signs of a Sewage Blockage

One of the biggest issues that flushable wipes are associated with is sewer line blockages. If your sewer line is blocked, you could soon find yourself dealing with sewage backflow, septic leaks, and other unpleasant scenarios. Learn to spot the early warning signs of a blockage, like:

  • Slow drains
  • Multiple clogged drains or fixtures
  • Water backing up into your shower or sink when you flush
  • Toilets gurgling when you turn on the tap

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, call our plumbers at (818) 650-4883 to get immediate help. We’re available for same-day scheduling and even 24/7 emergency service.

How to Clear Your Pipes

Unfortunately, clearing blockages caused by any flushed object, including flushable wipes, isn’t always easy. While store-bought cleaning supplies and snakes can be effective, bits of the clog can break off, remaining in your pipes and continuing to block the flow of water. If you’re still experiencing issues after attempting DIY drain cleaning, call our plumbers to make sure the job is done right.

Our professional plumbing team has access to solutions that can remove any clog cleanly, safely, and effectively. Contact us online to consult with our team and schedule your service appointment today!

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