Why Flushing Regular Wipes Will Clog Your Drains
Many disposable wipes are nothing more than baby wipes made for adults. Although many consumers consider these products to be very convenient, they’re causing major problems for sewer systems. A number of non-woven wipes are clogging up sewer machinery and creating costly problems for homeowners.
The problematic wipes are used for all sorts of purposes, and the market for these products is very large. Some wipes are used for makeup removal while others are used for household cleaning. There are even wipes for sunscreen application and hand sanitization.
For the last 10 years, the market for wipes has been growing by nearly 7 percent annually. Currently, the market is valued at over $13.2 billion dollars.
Why Regular Wipes Are Causing Problems
Many consumers have a hard time imagining what could be so problematic about tiny little wipes. They’re marketed as useful cleaning tools, and they’re creating a lot of cleaning problems for local sewer utilities. The worst types of wipes are the ones that are being used by adults and flushed down the toilet.
Problems arise when personal wipes are flushed down the toilet when they should be thrown in the garbage. Baby wipes aren’t nearly as big of a problem as personal adult wipes because they’re usually tossed in the trash. Most consumers aren’t likely to toss used personal wipes into the trash, so they tend to flush them down the toilet.
It’s true that the wipes can make it through the toilet, and there is a good chance that you won’t even have to plunge the toilet, but once the wipes pass deeper into the system, they can accumulate and clog pipes. Our toilet repair and drain cleaning services can help you avoid these costly problems.
Wipes Don’t Degrade Fast Enough
The issue is that the majority of wipes on the market don’t degrade fast enough. Once introduced to toilet water, they take far too long to disintegrate, which can result in costly plumbing repairs. Imperfections in pipes can cause wipes to get stuck, and over time, a large number of wipes can bind together and clog the system.
This is a problem that is happening in home sewer systems, but it’s also causing major issues for public sewer systems. Many brands are marketing wipes that are thicker and touted as being more durable. While these wipes might be more durable and feel softer, they also take much longer to disintegrate, so they’re far more likely to clog your plumbing system.
Most problems with wipes occur deep inside the plumbing system, but it’s not uncommon for wipes to directly clog the toilet, which leaves homeowners paying for toilet repair and drain cleaning services. The materials that are marketed as being the most durable are most likely to clog your plumbing system. The act of flushing paper towels is even more dangerous than flushing thick toilet paper.
Wipes create some of the biggest problems because they tend to be made from very thick material. If you’ve been flushing regular wipes down your toilet and haven’t noticed any problems, it’s only a matter of time before your system becomes completely clogged.
Once wipes get stuck in system imperfections, they begin to accumulate and create a massive blockage. There is also the problem of other flushed items catching the accumulated wipes, which creates an even bigger blockage. You could end up paying thousands of dollars in costly repair bills.
Making Matters Worse
It’s bad enough that consumers are flushing regular wipes down the toilet, but the real problem is that many consumers have no idea that they’re causing problems. A number of manufacturers are marketing regular wipes as being flushable, and even if the wipes are able to make it through the toilet, it doesn’t mean there is no potential for damage to your sewer system.
Some manufacturers are actually putting a huge emphasis on how flushable their wipes are, which leads consumers to think it’s safe to do so. The good news is that manufacturers are being forced to mark non-flushable wipes, so consumers know the wipes are not to be flushed down the toilet.
Are Wipes Really Flushable?
Many companies are labeling their regular wipes as flushable, and the reality is that many of these products are too thick to be flushed, and they’re too strong to be passed through sewer systems. Some authorities are trying to work with players in the wipes market and create products that can be safely flushed down the toilet.
What to Do About It
Most regular wipes will clog your drain, so you should never flush them. If you want to completely avoid this problem, you should avoid flushing all types of wipes. Another great way to prevent issues caused by flushed wipes is to pay for professional drain cleaning.
We can come to your home and clean your drains, which can help to prevent costly blockages. We’re also here to help you if you ever need toilet repair. Preventive maintenance is an effective way to avoid problems with previously flushed wipes, but it’s also a great way to avoid general plumbing issues.
In some cases, a plumbing system is just one more wipe away from a complete failure. If we’re able to catch this problem before it’s too late, our affordable pipe cleaning service could save you thousands of dollars. Many homeowners have awoken to raw sewage filling their basement.
In many cases, the sewage buildup was caused by a clogged pipe, and the clogged pipe was caused by wet wipes. Disinfecting, facial and disposable baby wipes are all to blame.
Once they get stuck in critical plumbing components, they can cost thousands of dollars to remove. Even if you don’t think you have any plumbing problems, it doesn’t hurt to let us inspect your pipes. A simple inspection could save you thousands of dollars.
For drain cleaning, or toilet repair services in your Marin, CA home, call Bellows Plumbing, Heating & Air at (831) 219-8644.