Wet wipes are handy supplies that you can use to clean yourself in any situation. Lately, many have been enticed to use a special kind of wet wipes: the so-called “flushable” wipes, which their manufacturers say can be flushed down the drain after use. Are “flushable” wet wipes really as their name claims them to be? If you ask local Edmonton plumbers, they wouldn’t agree.
The administrators of a waste treatment plant in the Durham region pointed out that “flushable” wipes not only wreak havoc in residential plumbing, but to their industrial equipment as well—forcing them to do extensive repair or even replacement which can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Companies may pitch their products as “flushable,” but apparently it is meant literally. It means that the wipe won’t probably clog a home’s pipes, but it doesn’t mean it will completely break down. A product test pitted flushable wipes against a sheet of toilet paper, and had interesting results. It was revealed that the toilet paper took only eight seconds to completely dissolve in moving water; while the wipes stayed intact even after 30 minutes.
Bottom line is, “flushable” wipes do plumbing systems no favours at all. They’re even potent enough at wrecking industrial-grade waste treatment equipment, which means terrible concerns for home plumbing. If you’ve been disposing of these flushable wipes for quite some time now, call on expert plumbers to deal with it.