Wet wipes are a mother’s best friend and make life much easier when clean-up time comes. They are essential when it comes to keeping our surfaces clean and safe from bacteria and viruses. Many wipes are advertised as “septic safe”, but in reality, flushable wipes are not so flushable and can cost you in plumbing repairs.
What Is Wrong With Flushable Wipes?
The first thing that you might ask is why you can flush toilet paper, but not wet wipes. The answer is that toilet paper is made from finely shredded cotton and is compostable in your septic tank. Wet wipes are often made of synthetic, plastic, or a combination of natural and plastic fibers. Since plastic does not compost, it will accumulate in your septic pipes and tank. Even those that say they are “septic safe” are not truly safe for your system and should never be put down the toilet.
What Problems Do Flushable Wipes Cause?
The problem with flushable wipes is that they get snagged as they travel down the pipes and can cause a clog. The clog can trap other materials and build up over time. This can cause the system to drain slowly or to back up into the house. If this happens, you will have to call a plumber to clear the pipes. Taking care of your pipes by not putting anything down the system that can cause a clogged drain will save you in repair bills and assure that your system works as it should.
Experiencing a Toilet Clog?
If you have a clogged drain, AAA Drain Cleaning in Portland can have your drains running freely again in no time. Our team is highly trained and can get the job done efficiently and professionally. We can do video inspections to locate the problem and take out the guesswork. We can clean out your main line or standard indoor drains. We offer competitive rates, so call us if your drains are running slowly.