The increased use of wipes has already been causing problems with plumbing and even at sewage treatment plants. Despite inaccurate labels of “flushable” these should never be flushed down the toilet.
Why not? We’ve known for a long time that baby wipes cause problems because they don’t break down, and that leads to blockages. Toilet paper, on the other hand, is made so that it disintegrates soon after it becomes wet. Ever try using TP as a paper towel? It’s soon reduced to muck.
Problems Caused by Flushing Wipes
An increase in major problems caused by flushing wipes has already been noted in Northern California at several locations. The Novato Sanitary District reported a literal geyser inside one of their facilities. Another report involved sewage backing up and overflowing through a manhole cover. And England is already reporting sewer main backups caused by toilet paper substitutes.
To make matters worse, the novel coronavirus has been detected in feces but may no longer be infectious.. Regardless, if you notice that familiar smell there’s a very good change that bacteria and other disease organism have become airborne. So your diligent attention is needed.
So only the 3-Ps — Pee, Poop, and toilet Paper — should go down the toilet.
- baby wipes,
- disinfectant wipes,
- feminine hygiene products,
- paper towels, or
- paper napkins.
Besides risking a clogged toilet, these can cause a shower not to drain or sinks to back up — all drains eventually connect up to the sewer line at some point before heading out to the main at the street. It may be unpleasant, but use some sort of sealable bag or container instead.
We’re all dealing with a difficult time, so don’t add another problem!