There has been controversy over many years on self proclaimed “flushable” wipes actually being “flushable”. Since the Federal Trade Commission has not legally defined the word flushable, companies are still able to list their wipes as such even if they are not. There have been numerous occasions when wipes that say “flushable” will get past the initial toilet flushing and get snagged or create a clog further down in your pipes. Lawsuits have even been put into action over the damaging of pipes created by wipes.
A New York city native cited Kimberly-Clark and Costco Wholesale corporations, and sought damages of at least $5 million when he filed a class action lawsuit for the “flushability” of the wipes they have on market. In addition, a consumer reports test performed with a lab stirrer in a neatly simulated toilet revealed that a sheet of toilet paper falls apart after about eight seconds in swirling water. A so called flushable wipe didn’t so much as fray after half an hour. These wipes, along with multiple other wipe marketing companies, have been known to cause millions of dollars of damages that result in getting these wipes removed from piping that has been corrupted, clogged and backed up due to flushing.
I suppose the question is: are “flushable” wipes actually flushable? The answer is both yes and no. Will they flush down your toilet with little to no issues? Yes. Is it something that should be done regularly or without caution of knowing risks involved? No. With the controversy at hand regarding how much money is being spent on plumbing to resolve sanitary wipes issues, one D.C. homeowner phrased it best on a parents’ message board. “The cost per sheet of flushable wipe is $1—meaning for every flushable wipe, $.10 is for the wipe, and $.90 goes to the plumber”. This quote was one among many disputes from home and business owners. The best idea is to just put it in the trash to be safe. If you have been using “flushable” wipes or are concerned with the passage of your sewer pipes, please don’t hesitate to call us at Harts Plumbing & Excavation LLC to come out and take a look. We are open 24/7 for emergency services and are happy to make an appointment at your convenience.