In recent years, plumbers across the country have had to deal with a new scourge to Americans’ toilets: disposable wipes. If there is a professional plumber in your life, you may already be familiar with this issue. If there isn’t, you may be thinking, “what’s the big deal, the package says ‘flushable,’ doesn’t it?” Yet this labeling can be deceptive. Keep reading to learn more about the problem with disposable wipes, and make sure to contact All City Plumbing for all your essential plumbing needs.
Why You Should Avoid Using Disposable Wipes
While some version of the disposable wet wipe has been around since 1957, these products have only been regularly marketed for use in the bathroom for the last few decades. Most disposable wipes that are made for your toilet are constructed from non-woven synthetic and plastic fibers. The fibers are bonded together to hold moisture, and can be very effective as a sanitary product.
The problem is there’s a persistent claim that disposable wipes are “flushable.” Unlike regular toilet paper, disposable wipes do not dissolve easily in your plumbing system. As a result, they can easily clump together in your toilet drain, congealing to form a nasty clog. In turn, this type of issue can become even worse when those disposable wipes begin to create a kind of net, preventing waste and other materials from traveling through your pipes.
All City Plumbing Knows How to Get Rid of Clogs
If you flush a large enough amount of disposable wipes down your toilet, you could end up with a burst pipe of backup on your hands. Dealing with the clean-up and repairs that result from these problems can be extremely expensive, so trust us, it’s better to just stick with regular TP when it comes to flushing your toilet. While we admire the desire to be as sanitary as possible, using disposable wipes in the bathroom can actually lead to a situation that’s not only unsanitary but dangerous. Fortunately, our expert plumbers offer clogged toilet repair for even the toughest blockages. Call All City Plumbing the next time your toilet is acting up, and remember, it’s always better to think before you flush!