Flushable Wipes and Your Plumbing

July 20, 2022
Clogged Drain in Ramona, CA

Flushable wipes are a common bathroom problem. Many prefer them to toilet paper because they offer a fresh, clean feeling after you use the restroom. However, many people wonder whether flushable wipes are okay for your plumbing? In short, no, they aren’t. Flushable wipes can pose a variety of risks to your home’s plumbing. If you’re concerned that flushable wipes may have damaged your septic system and you’re located in Ramona, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, or the surrounding area, call Marklein Plumbing today.

Risks of Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes aren’t generally good for your plumbing because they don’t break down as easily as toilet paper does. They typically contain some type of plastic or other synthetic material that doesn’t disintegrate in your pipes. Flushable wipes can:

  • Clog your toilet and sewer lines
  • Require your septic tank to be pumped more often
  • Block pipes
  • Create a backup and cause flooding in your home
  • Cause damage to city sewer systems, leading to issues in many homes

When toilet paper gets wet, it falls apart very quickly. Paper towels can hold a good amount of water but will still disintegrate over time. Wipes hold up better than paper towels and don’t break down. While they may navigate through your pipes, if there isn’t enough water to push them all the way through, they can cause expensive clogs.

Recognizing Plumbing Issues

Be sure to keep an eye on your plumbing to ensure everything is running properly. Look out for toilets that have trouble flushing or clog frequently, slowly draining tubs, showers and sinks, pooling water around your septic system, or a new foul odor outside by your septic system.

Plumbing Solutions

If you suspect a plumbing issue in your home, call a plumber as soon as possible. [Company_name] can provide quick, quality service to help you pinpoint the issue and create a solution. Don’t wait to take action. Even if it seems like a small clog, seemingly small plumbing issues can turn into extremely costly and inconvenient issues.

You can also reach out to Marklein Plumbing for other home services. In addition to sewer services, we also help with water filtration systems, water softeners, water heaters, shower repairs, drain repairs and cleaning, garbage disposal repairs, and other plumbing-related concerns. Give us a call today!

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