Wednesday, May 21, 2008

WFMW - flushable wipes are not flushable!

It's another WFMW.
I have to admit that I can be a sucker for advertising, but surely if the instructions say that the wipe is okay to flush down your toilet then it should be ok to flush down your toilet, right?? Apparently, not. I've spoken to others (and my husband has too) and some of our plumbing issues (you don't want to know, trust me) might be attributed to using flushable wipes (cleaning ones and toddler ones) that we *actually* flushed down the toilet. Please line your bathroom trash can and begin putting those flushable wipes in there b/c you don't want to clog your sewer line with *supposedly* flushable wipes! Just to let you know - not flushing those flushable wipes works for me! :)

As always, check out Shannon at Rocks in my Dryer for more helpful tips.


CanadianCarrie said...

Really!!?? Do you have your own septic tank or are you in the city/town? I know that tampons shouldn't be flushed into a septic tank, but aren't they ok with city plumbing?? I am curious! :)

Angie said...

We have been flushing flushable wipes ever since they really came out on the market with no problems. BUT -- we do make sure to not put more than about two per flush. I could see if someone were using them excessively how it would cause problems, but for us, in moderation, they have been fine.

Anonymous said...

I agree with this completely. We have had to have the drain snaked because of this. If you plumbing is picky watch out for flushing floss, femmine products, and premium tp like Charmin. All of these have given us trouble.

NeedANap2 said...

We have city sewer. I don't know about femmine products b/c admittedly I can't recall flushing anything in the four years we've lived here (pregnant 3 times - one ending in miscarriage, and breastfeeding so no period during that time). But we have had tree roots in our line and other issues so there might have been a lot of build-up that wasn't allowing the flushable wipes to get through.

As far as I know there was only 1 at a time, but with kids you can never be sure. I mostly wanted to post a warning to others (consider your pipes before flushing a wipe!).

Yes, we've snaked a few times! :)

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Heather said...

My coworker just described the same problem in her new house! After living there only a few days, the sewer backed up into her bathrooms. After the plumber snaked the main line, he said he found what was blocking it: tree roots and baby wipes! (And she lives in a bustling city, no septic tank.)

Mrs Nespy said...

I have not heard that these were no good. I have not had any issues with them yet, but I'm certainly going to stop flushing them BEFORE I have a problem!

Thanks for the tip!

SewerTech said...

NO! They should not be flushed. Oh, they are "flushable", but that doesn't mean you should flush them. Those on the board who are not having problems with plumbing might think they are ok, but they're not. I'm sure your local sewer system is cussing all who use them. I know I do. They clog the pumps and lifts and must be cleaned out and hauled to a dump. They do not degrade like toilet paper does and combine into big wad masses that shredders can't handle either. My advice, stop using them or pitch them in the trash can next to you. Because sooner than later, your local sewer is just going to raise your rates in order to handle the clean up and destruction caused by these things.

adult diapers said...

I have been using the larger wipes from an online retailer and haven't had any problems with them. I believe they are called ReadyFlush.
I did read on their literature that they were safe to flush in commercial toilets, so maybe they really are not safe to flush in residential potties

Peter said...

Although most toilet bowls clear perfectly (showing the flushability....), the wet wipes cause many problems further down the wastewater transport system, sometimes in-house or on private property, but mostly in (public) sewer pumps, treatment plants and other equipment. Therefore, consider them solid waste and use the bin!!!