The Hidden Dangers of Disposable Wipes

Flushable wipes are a recent trend in the market. While baby wipes have been a thing for a long time, these flushable versions do undergo testing for the ability to biodegrade, but manufacturers can’t test for all systems. As it is, these wipes may be more trouble to your system than they are worth. Here is a look at some of the things you should consider when you’re thinking about using flushable wipes in your home.


Don’t Flush the Wipes


In the case of flushable wipes, the word “flushable” means that they fit down the drain pipe. This does not mean that you should flush them, only that you can flush them. The truth is flushable wipes end up causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage every single year. Because the wipes do not degrade quickly enough after flushing, they get caught up in the pipes and causing major problems.




A fatberg is a clump of disposable wipes and cooking grease that clump together in your pipes, making it impossible to clean. Giant fatbergs have appeared in the sewer systems across the country, causing thousands of dollars to remove. It is becoming a more widespread problem as the term flushable applies to more types of wipes.


Not Biodegradable


If you look at the makeup of the flushable wipes, you will see that they contain the same things as plastic bottles. This makes them not biodegradable and a hazard to the environment as well as your plumbing. Toilet paper starts degrading upon use in order to not clog the pipes. The recent trend of flushable wipes is causing a lot of damage to household pipes.


Avoiding these flushable wipes in your home could save you thousands of dollars in expensive repair costs. If you still want to use a wipe, you are better off to throw it in the trash instead of flushing it down the toilet. If you have a clog in your pipes, call the experts at Columbia Drain. We can help you clear up the problem in no time, getting you back to working pipes.

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