Are Flushable Wipes Flushable?

(WARNING: Photos below contain graphic content. If you do not want to see things pulled out of a Green Bay residential sewer do not look at them.)

That is a very good question. Flushable wipes are flushable in the sense that you can flush them down the toilet if you want to. But the real question is: Do you want to? (Remember, wet concrete, acid, and hot lava can also be flushed down your toilet.)

The reality is that flushable wipes disappear from sight when you flush them. But most of them go on to stick like glue to the trap of your toilet or to the walls of the drain line the toilet is connected to. This is a problem. Once they are stuck in the drain line, they catch other things. Before you know it, your toilet or drain line is plugged up tight. The photos below show some of the dozens of flushable wipes we pulled out of a customer’s drain line recently here in Green Bay. You can see them wrapped around the snake cable along with some tree roots too.

Best advice: have your plumber cut the tree roots out of your main drain line and sewer once a year to avoid back ups. If you want to see him or her more often, flush the “flushable” wipes. (You can use them, just don’t flush them. Hint: garbage can with lid.)

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