Advertisements for new “flushable” wipes promise to leave you
feeling clean and confident after using the restroom. However, what is often
not advertised is the promise that you’ll likely have to call your Sacramento-area
drain clearing or sewer repair. Despite being called “flushable,” these wipes may actually
cause serious sewer and plumbing issues.
What Happens After The Flush?
Plumbing related issues with flushable wipes stem from how effectively
they breakdown in water. Toilet paper is designed to stay strong while
being used, but quickly break down when soaked in water. This makes toilet
paper safe for flushing because it travels through your home’s plumbing
and municipal sewer systems as small particles instead of large clumps.
However, flushable wipes don’t break down as easily in plumbing and
sewer systems because they are plastic-based and designed to maintain
their strength when soaked in pre-packaged liquids. This results in clogged
drains, backups, and, in some cases, the need for emergency plumbing service.
The Financial Impact of Flushable Wipes
Some parts of the country have reported an increase in severe sewer and
plumbing clogs since flushable wipes have become more popular. Fox News
reports that many community sanitation commissions have spent hundreds
of thousands, in some cases millions, of dollars in
sewer repair and drain cleaning that can be correlated to the increase in flushable wipe use.
Other Non-Drain Friendly Products
Flushable wipes aren’t the only unsafe items clogging Sacramento-area
sewers. Other items that often lead to clogged toilets and drains include
paper towels, baby wipes, grease, tougher food waste, plastic, and hygiene
products. To minimize your need to call an emergency plumber, always err
on the side of caution and only flush toilet paper when you use the restroom.
If you’re struggling with a clogged drain at your home or business, contact
Ace Plumbing. Our Sacramento area plumbers have 40 years of experience providing high-quality
residential and commercial plumbing services including sewer and drain
clearing, air conditioning repair, water heater installation and repair,
and more. Call (916) 455-4548 to schedule an appointment or for emergency