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Will Flushable Wipes Clog My Toilet?

are flushable wet wipes safe for plumbing system

How do you “get clean” after doing your business? If you swear by wet wipes, we don’t blame you! They’re said to be awesome at cleaning up, and they are. They also say that they’re flushable, too, so they have to be safe to flush, right? Well, that’s where things are a little misleading. Our Southern Air experts are here to clear up this age-old myth!


Can You Flush Wet Wipes?

It seems like all wet wipes have “flushable” on the packaging, but is this really true? Sadly, it’s not. While it may seem like these wipes should break down as they flush, they don’t do it quickly enough. Toilet paper breaks down quickly, so it rarely clogs pipes. However, wet wipes don’t break down at the same speed, so they often lead to blockages in pipes. If you flush wet wipes, you could risk serious clogs in your home’s plumbing system.

So, what can happen when you flush wet wipes? These are some potential risks:

  • Clogged pipes
  • A drain clog
  • Toilet clogs
  • Sewer line damage

With your entire plumbing system at stake, it’s time to rethink flushing those wipes. It’s always important to monitor your home’s plumbing and look for these signs. Frequent clogs are definitely a sign of a larger issue, even if you don’t use wet wipes!


What Not To Flush

If you can’t even flush “flushable” wipes, what else can’t go down the toilet? Some of the most common causes of clogs are:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Paper towels and thick toilet paper
  • Sanitary pads and feminine products
  • Cleaning pads
  • Dental floss

These frequent flushers often clog drains and backup sewer lines, leading to high repair costs. Sometimes, a combination of these items (and wet wipes) can cause “ragging,” an extreme blockage that requires a professional plumber to fix.

What Can Be Flushed

Toilet paper, being the only real product made to completely dissolve in water, should be the only material that you flush. Even though many wipe manufacturers state that their products are safe to be flushed, plumbers strongly disagree. Plumbers continually see “flushable” clogging sewer lines, requiring drain cleaning and forcing septic tanks to be pumped often.

What To Do About Clogs

If you are experiencing frequent and persistent clogs, it’s time to call a plumber. So call a team you can trust, call Southern Air Heating, Cooling & Plumbing. We can take care of any plumbing problems you may be facing in your home!


Contact The Plumbing Professionals!

Southern Air has been providing high-quality service to Central Louisiana homeowners for over 20 years. Our professional team is dedicated to setting the industry standards for repair and customer service. This means that we prioritize homeowners’ peace of mind and comfort while providing our services!

Emergency repairs are unavoidable, and we understand. If you have an emergency, we know the importance of quick repairs and returning your home to its usual caliber. So give us a call the next time you experience an emergency, and we will make sure that you and your home are taken care of.

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