Household Wipes Clog Sewer Pipes!

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Did you know that wipes, rags, and towelettes that are flushed down the toilet lead to clogged pipes, sewer backups, and expensive repairs?
 Many household cleaning products are labeled and marketed as “disposable/flushable,” but that doesn’t mean you should flush them down the toilet.
These types of items include:                                                                                  
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Towelettes

The problem with these products is that they don’t dissolve once they are flushed; instead, they clog private pipes that extend between your home and the sewer in the street, which can cause expensive and time consuming repairs for you, the homeowner.

On a larger scale, these products also get tangled up and stuck in public sewer pipes and pump station equipment that leads to unpleasant sewer backups. Additionally, wipes and rags can create dams that collect other solids in the sewer system pipes. Wipes, rags, plastics and latex do not breakdown in this process.

When these objects obstruct pipes, pumps, and machinery, they must be removed manually.  Obstructions in these devices can result in damage requiring costly repairs and early replacement of equipment.


Save yourself and your wastewater utility from pain in the drain – dispose of these items in the trash, not in the toilet.

Other items that may seem safe to flush down the toilet but cause problems in sewer pipes include:

  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Band-Aids
  • Dental floss
  • Disposable diapers
  • Prescription medication
  • Paper towels
  • Rags
  • Plastics
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

Remember: No items but the toilet paper can be flushed down the toilet!