Are Flushable Wipes Safe to Flush?

10 February 2021   |   by PRIME PLUMBING & HEATING INC   |   Plumbing
Are Flushable Wipes Safe to Flush?

Flushable wipes are everywhere and if you go to a store, you will find rows after rows of recognizable brand names that carry them. And we get it; it does a great job with the cleanup compared to a regular toilet paper. And with the term 'flushable' conveniently stated in the packaging, one might think it is a better choice. But the big question is: are they truly safe to flush?

Before we delve into that matter, let's discuss what makes these wipes different from others.

Flushable wipes are single-use wet wipes that are considered septic-safe because they break down. Many brands claim that these wipes are 100% organic cotton and are compostable. While it is true that they are indeed biodegradable, they take a longer time to break down compared to regular toilet paper. A study conducted by Ryerson University in Ontario showed that among the 101 single-use wipes they tested, each one of them failed to disintegrate safely during a flushability test.

Because of this, even flushable wipes can cause clogged pipes and blockages more frequently. Moreover, as soon as you flush these so-called flushable wipes, they can get caught up with other things in your sewer like cotton swabs, thick toilet paper, and toilet cleaning pads. All these items can contribute to clogs and backups in your plumbing system. If you are a business owner, this puts your property's plumbing at risk for serious clogs that could lead to costly repairs.

When this happens, you need to start searching for commercial plumbing contractors to address the problem. Even if the plumbing issue is a minor one, plumbing contractors in Denver will be able to immediately fix it to prevent further problems in the future.

With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to prevent clogs and blockage in your plumbing system.

  • Be proactive in putting signages in toilet areas on what not to flush.

If you manage a commercial property, it will be a lot more complicated to track the items being flushed in the toilets. Many people can easily dispose of flushable wipes and other products down the toilet without you knowing it. To prevent any plumbing problems, you can put up some signs and warnings in toilet areas stating that only toilet papers should be flushed. You can also show infographics or data that shows why flushable toilets should never end up in the sewer.

  • Schedule regular maintenance with commercial plumbing contractors Denver.

You can easily prevent clogs and backups in your property by scheduling a routine checkup and maintenance with trusted plumbing contractors Denver. They have the tools and expertise to handle any plumbing issues you may have. If there are unexplained issues with your plumbing system, they can easily track the source of your problem and fix it.

Flushable wipes may be a better product for the environment, but do not be easily swayed by deceptive packaging. Make sure that you opt-out of flushing these wipes down the toilet. Doing this can make a huge difference in your plumbing system.

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