Warning: Your Flushable Wipes Aren’t Actually Flushable

Flushable wipes can be found in nearly every home.

Whether you use them to clean your baby, wipe sticky hands, or take off your makeup, there is no denying the benefits of having pre-moistened wet wipes on hand.

However, while they may be labeled flushable, you shouldn’t believe everything that you read!

To many Orange County residents’ surprise, flushable wipes aren’t actually flushable — and you’ll want to keep them far away from your toilet bowl, or you may end up with a plumbing nightmare.

It’s on the Label, So Why Aren’t Flushable Wipes Flushable?

When we flush wet wipes down the drain, they probably won’t immediately clog your pipes on the way out of the house IF they’re working properly.

However, flushable wet wipes don’t break down over time. This means that if you have anything at all stuck in your drains and a wet wipe gets stuck on the way down, it won’t ever break down.

This severely increases your risk of clogging your plumbing drains — and you don’t want to find the water coming up instead of down after flushing the toilet!

Since flushable wipes don’t break down, they also pose a problem for the municipal waste system. Septic tanks fill up faster because unlike toilet paper that breaks down in seconds, flushable wipes don’t break down at all.

What Should You Do Instead?

Stick to regular toilet tissue when possible, and when you do use wet wipes, toss them in the trash after, instead!

If you run into any problems with your home’s plumbing, do not hesitate to reach out to our professionals here at Barker & Sons Plumbing and Rooter.

We are here to help you with all of your home plumbing needs!