• Examining the Dangers of Flushable Wipes

    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 plumber for 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 plumbing services.