Consumer Reports recently tested 23 different kinds of flushable wipes to determine whether or not they were safe to flush. All of the products were too large to be passed through a toilet’s agitation system, but the flushable wipes did not break down. They were found to clog pipes and water treatment machinery and could be a contributing factor in overflows. However, if you’re in doubt, there are several ways to ensure the safety of your wipes.
Are Flushable Wipes Really Safe to Flush
Many wipes are advertised as flushable. This designation implies that they’re designed to be safely flushed. This isn’t true, though. A recent study revealed that flushable wipes don’t break down in water. And yet, thousands of people regularly flush non-flushable wipes. Even if they’re labeled “flushable,” they’re still harmful to the sewer system and could lead to a clogged toilet.
While it is legal to flush wipes, it’s best to stick to the traditional toilet paper. This makes cleaning more convenient and less expensive. Additionally, flushable wipes are more environmentally friendly. Plumbers throughout Aldershot (and indeed all over the world) have fished dozens of wipes from local drains. If you’re in doubt, contact your local wastewater service provider. It’s best to use the old fashioned toilet paper.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, about half of flushable wipes contain PET, a synthetic polymer. Often mixed with natural polymers, PET is used to increase the durability of wipes. It should break down in water, which is what the product is intended to do. That’s why most people are inclined to flush them. Unfortunately, the synthetic material is not a good choice for the environment.
In addition to causing blockages in the sewer system, they can also create a lot of unnecessary waste. So, it’s important to consider whether you can safely flush them.
Despite the fact that flushable wipes are not entirely safe for the environment, you should always flush the TP, or “three Ps” as it’s known. As long as you’re using a TP, you can rest assured that the wipes will break down in water, and no harm will be done to your sewer or septic system. It’s better for the environment and your wallet.