Fact or Crap: Are flushable wipes really flushable?
In case you don't want to spend the time reading more about this topic, I will get straight to the point - This is crap! Flushable wipes are NOT flushable, no matter what the packaging may tell you.
Now, I digress - in today's society we are all about convenience. We have ice makers in our refrigerators, automatic dog food dispensers, and robotic vacuums - all to make our lives easier and more convenient. We are usually willing to pay a little extra money for more convenience. Although, sometimes there may be more cost to the extra convenience than may first meet the eye.
Flushable wipes is one of them. There are "flushable" wipes for everything - baby bottoms, makeup removal, bathroom refresher, cleaning wipes - just to name a few. Many of these wipes advertise that they are safe for septic and sewer systems. This couldn't be farther from the truth. Flushable wipes are causing septic and sewer problems left and right over the past few years. The packaging stating that these wipes are flushable make the consumer believe that the product is going to disintegrate just as toilet paper does. Studies have proven that this is not the case - not even close. Consumer Reports did an experiment on how quickly toilet paper disintegrates versus the “flushable” wipe. Toilet paper will break down in just a few seconds, but the “flushable” wipes were still completely intact after 10 minutes of being swirled in water. While the industry is still trying to find a way to produce wipes that do break down when flushed, they are still marketing these products as “flushable” and “sewer and septic safe”.
Our advice? Don’t flush anything that isn’t toilet paper. Flushing items such as “flushable” wipes, you have the potential to plug your pipes between your house and the tank and build up at the inlet of the septic tank. This will cause your septic to back up into your house. And who really wants to deal with that mess? Even if the wipes make it into your tank, the accumulation of wipes in your septic tank will reduce its ability to remove solids from the water discharging your leach area. As you can expect, all of these issues will cause nothing but trouble for you and your septic system. If you enjoy the convenience of wipes, we suggest you dispose of them in the garbage instead.
The bottom line? Keep the wipes out of your pipes!