This Is What Happens When You Flush Those Flushable Wipes

Flushable wipes should never be washed down the toilet, despite what the packaging says. They cause problems with the plumbing and septic systems when they make it down the drain. These so-called rinsable wipes can even cause sewer backups and burst pipes. What would make a wipe flushable are a few properties that make it break down and dissolve after being in contact with water; just like it happens with toilet paper. Unfortunately, most wipes can't do this, so instead of moving through the pipes with all the other waste, they get stuck and cause massive blockages or build-up in septic tanks.

While their packaging often states that they're flushable and septic safe, they are anything but harmless, according to Sunshine Plumbing & Gas. The United States doesn't have any laws in place that make manufacturers' wipes pass tests to prove their products are flushable before labeling them as so. Because of this, any wipes can be branded as flushable.

Expect plumbing and septic issues

If flushable wipes were disposed of in the toilet, again, they could cause a lot of damage to the pipes and septic system. The massive blockages these products create can lead to more problems throughout the home: It can cause flooding and water damage that can then easily develop mold and mildew issues.

If you've been flushing wipes down the toilet, there are signs to look out for to keep your pipes and septic system working. According to Sunshine Plumbing & Gas, there's a problem with your septic system if you see water pooling around it or smell a bad odor like rotten eggs outside. Also, if you see that the water in sinks and tubs is draining slowly, there is likely a clog in your plumbing.

However, you don't have to stop using flushable wipes because they are not truly flushable. The only change you need to make is to dispose of them properly. You should only flush bodily waste and toilet paper down the toilet; everything else, like wipes, can be thrown in the trash.