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How Disposable Wipes Can Cause Clogs

Don’t Throw Disposable Wipes Down The Drain

Disposable baby wipes came out late in the 1970s but the manufacturing cost was too high. Only a few major brands commanded the market. It took almost 20 years before smaller brands were able to make an appearance. Initially, disposable wipes were sold in the diaper section of supermarkets.

Today, they are available almost everywhere, from large tubs to smaller, handy pocket-sized packs that easily fit into womens’ handbags. From being an alternative cleaning agent for babies during diaper changes, the product has evolved, with facial wipes and hand sanitizing wipes flooding the market.

These handy disposable wipes said to be “flushable” are mislabeled though. While you can flush them down your toilet, there are many horror stories of drain pipes wipes being able to clog your bathtub. Here are some reasons why you should not dispose of disposable wipes down your drain.

Disposable And Flushable But

It is true that you can flush disposable wipes down the toilet. However, the “flushable” term here means that it is easy to dispose of them in the toilet because the wipes will fit your drain pipes. The wipes are flushable but an accumulated number of them can still clog the pipes. Wipes are disposable, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you should flush them down your toilet. Disposable means you should dispose of them in a trash bin.


From the materials used in the manufacture of wet wipes, you can see that most of them are used to make plastic bottles and plastic bags, proof that the cloth is not biodegradable or at least will take a VERY long time before it degrades. Comparing that to ordinary toilet paper which disintegrates much more readily than wipes.

It Attracts Other Wastes

A typical residential toilet drain pipe is only about four inches in diameter. Since the disposable wipes are not so biodegradable and water just passes through them, they can accumulate inside the pipes, trapping other solid wastes including grease. In time these waste materials can turn into one solid mass, which will clog your pipes, prevent waste from passing through, and in time, you’ll end up with a problem that will require professionals to solve.

Clogged drains can back up throughout your house, which necessitates toilet repair. If the clog has already become a big problem, drain cleaning is necessary as the pipes may require removing to get to the clog. All these repairs cost money, something that you can prevent by not flushing disposable wipes in the toilet. Throw them in the trash bin instead.

If the clog is already there and DIY solutions no longer work, call for professional plumbing services. A plumber will come to your house to inspect and determine the extent of the problem. We may need to use a camera and snake in the drain to find the location of the clog, determine what is creating the problem and what method to use to remove the clog. Avoid costly drainpipe clogs. Do not flush those disposable wipes and call us to schedule your plumbing service now.

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