Can You Flush Adult Wipes Into The Sewer?

Posted on: 25 May 2016

Adult wipes are made to be hygienic and convenient. They're meant to clean the body after using the restroom, and then to be thrown away. Some adult wipe products may label themselves as "flushable." If you're a homeowner, you should be aware of the problems that can be caused by flushing certain products down the sewer line.

Can you flush adult wipes into the sewer?

The "flushable" label on that may appear on adult wipe packages is an indication that the wipes will clear the toilet and make it into the sewer; they can be flushed. However, adult wipes are made to be thick and tough. If the adult wipes snag on something already in the sewer line, they're likely to stay there instead of tearing and washing away. In addition, adult wipes are made to stand up to abuse, so they won't biodegrade quickly in your system's sewer. While they might not clog the toilet, adult wipes can easily clog your home's sewer line. This can lead to sewer clogs and backups.

What other "flushable" products should not be flushed down the toilet?

The only safe things to flush down the toilet is human waste and toilet paper. There are a variety of products on the market that may label themselves as flushable. Like adult wipes, these products may clear the toilet but can wreak havoc on the sewer. Below are a few examples:

  • Tampons.  Tampons are designed to absorb liquid and expand in small spaces. Like adult wipes, they're designed to be tough so they won't disintegrate in the human body.
  • Diaper inserts. These products are designed to absorb a great of liquid and they're thick enough to pad a diaper.
  • Kitty litter. Like rice, flushable kitty litter can expand in your pipes and create clogs quickly.

If you've been flushing adult wipes for a long time and have not noticed any problems, does that mean that your sewer is safe?

Sewer problems can build slowly with time, especially if your line is new or newly cleaned. Even if you've been flushing adult wipes for years, you can still develop a sewer problem down the road. To find out if your sewer is in need of cleaning, contact a certified plumber in your area. He or she can send a camera down into your sewer and check your line to tell you whether or not you need a sewer cleaning. Companies like Optimum Plumbing LLC may be able to meet your needs in this area.

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