Wipes in the pipes causing Blocked Sewers

Do you think those antiseptic wipes, baby wipes or bathroom wipes you use can be flushed down the toilet? Think again.

City Sewerage authorities around the world are calling for people to stop flushing any types of wipes down the toilet. (At The Drain Man we’d like to agree with that advice.)

The problem is so bad in some American cities that city authorities are now saying the major cause of blockages and backflows in their sewers are these type of wipes. Some cities have even had to set up traps in the sewerage systems to collect the wipes from certain streets and then backtrack to find which homes they are coming from so they can personally appeal to those homeowners to stop flushing the wipes.

Although the word “flushable” appears on the packaging of some of these wipes, the reality is that they are far from ideal to flush down a toilet. This is because most of these wipes are made from either cotton or some other “fabric-like” material.

This means that they do not break up as they travel through the sewerage system and can cause blockages if they snag anywhere in the system. Also they can cause massive damage to equipment at sewage treatment plants.

Toilet paper however is made from PAPER which is designed to break apart as it travels through the system. It is the ONLY THING you should flush down your toilet.

So please avoid flushing any wipes down your toilet. You will reduce the chance of causing unncessary blockages in your sewerage system.

However if you do find your sewer has blocked up, call The Drain Man immediately on 1800 843 372. We aim to respond on the same day. We can tackle all kinds of blockages, even those caused by wipes.