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Flushable Wipes? We Don’t Think So.

You know how some makers of baby wipes – or whatever you choose to call them – tout their product as being “flushable”? Well sure, given that you can flush a lot of extraneous objects down the toilet, but that doesn’t mean you should.

Bottom line, your toilets and drainage system are designed to flush only human waste and toilet paper. And don’t let yourself be fooled otherwise. Why, exactly, should wet wipes not be flushed down a toilet? Because they don’t dissolve.

Consider the following from the May, 2015 issue of Chemical & Engineering News:

“Once reserved for babies’ bottoms and toddlers’ fingers, wet wipes have found a market with consumers bent on keeping their backsides feeling fresh. But the premoistened personal wipes, now ubiquitous alongside toilet tissue in the supermarket aisle, are causing problems for wastewater plant managers. They bemoan wipes’ incompatibility with sewage treatment technology and the millions of ratepayer dollars they’re forced to spend each year to pluck gobs of wipes out of their systems.”

And then there’s this from The New York Times:

“In New York, city officials are tackling the problem in various ways. A City Council bill, which has the backing of the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, was introduced last month to prohibit advertising certain moist wipes as flushable. The environmental department has begun work on a public awareness campaign concerning the importance of proper wipe disposal: throwing them in the trash.”

As much as we’d like to advise you to flush wet wipes down your toilet all you want, we can’t. Because that would be like us urging you to clog your toilet so we can drum up more work for ourselves.

And yet no matter how careful you might be, sooner or later you’ve bound to face a clogged drain or toilet problem you can’t fix on your own. Has that day already come? If so, contact Arnold Plumbing for the service you need, when you need it.

Flushable Wipes? We Don’t Think So.

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