Flushable Wipes are advertised almost everywhere. They are advertising toilet wipes, baby wipes, facial wipes, body wipes – just about any type of wipe you could imagine. And some of these wipes are being advertised as flushable. Well, flushable wipes aren’t really flushable and shouldn’t ever be flushed down the toilet.
Wipes aren’t like traditional toilet paper, they don’t break down quickly. A study done at Ryerson University in Ontario says that “cleansing and diaper wipes shouldn’t be flushed (even if they’re labeled as “flushable”) because they’ll clog sewer systems”. This study tested 101 different wipes and not one of them passed a flushability test. Meaning they didn’t fall apart or safely disperse in any tests. Twenty three of these were labeled as flushable wipes. This failure means that these wipes can impose a negative impact on household plumbing, as well as municipal sewage infrastructure, thus impacting our environment.
When these wipes clog our homes, we have to deal with potential flooding which can lead to costly repairs down the road. It can also lead to damage to the interior and exterior of our homes, as well as environmental problems such as mold, and mildew.
When the sewage system gets clogged, raw sewage can come back into your home, the overflow can also be released into the environment. The specific problem with these “flushable wipes” being released into our environment is that they look like the food that many of our sea life eat. To a turtle a wipe can look like a jelly fish. It could also look like seaweed to a manatee. Many of these wipes are made out of synthetic fiber and plastic which shouldn’t be released into our waters, or ingested by our wildlife either.
If you’re using wipes, dispose of them in a waste paper basket, not the toilet. Regardless of what the box says, flushable wipes aren’t flushable. If you live in the Port Charlotte area and are in need of a plumbing professional, call us at 941-624-4343. As your local Port Charlotte Plumber, McDonough Plumbing is here to help with all of your plumbing problems, big and small.