There’s a bit of a buzz around so-called ‘flushable’ wipes at the moment – and it’s not all good. On the one hand, they’re moist with a special hygienic cleansing solution, which for some people, makes them a lot more attractive and practical than toilet paper. And the best part is that you just flush them down the loo when you’re done. What could go wrong? Well, firstly, there’s actually still an outstanding question: Are flushable wipes actually flushable?
It wasn’t too long ago when the Australian Federal Court heard a case brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) – with the ACCC alleging that one particular brand marketing flushable wipe was responsible for a lot of blocked pipes. And that was just a year before another ‘flushable wipes’ brand was fined $700,000 for the same offence.
As ever, it’s those who spend the most time elbow-deep in toilet drains and cleaning Gold Coast sewers – professional plumbers! – who is best placed to provide the answer. So let’s clear a few things up:
1. Are flushable wipes flushable?
Sort of. Yes, they break down – eventually. With toilet paper, as long as it’s not in massive dense clumps, it’s designed to very quickly and easily break down with an intense swirl of water. But there’s no doubt about it: flushable baby wipes are not as flushable as toilet paper towels, and they cause more sewer blockages and toilet problems. Full stop.
2. What happens when they’re flushed?
Again, while it’s true that this flushable wet wipe eventually break down, it takes longer. So if a toilet drain is being asked to flush a lot of them, the chances of a blockage are higher, not necessarily because of the wipes alone, but because the toilet paper and everything else that goes down the drain needs to share space with them potentially. And that’s what usually leads to a hopeless blockage – a combination of gunk.
3. So … are wet wipes flushable?
The important thing to understand is that just because something says ‘flushable’ on the packet and on the TV ad doesn’t mean it dissolves into thin air when you flush it. The same goes for toilet paper – but we’ll repeat it again: flushable toilet wipes ARE flushable, but you’re increasing the risk of a toilet blockage.
We’ll rid your pipes of those flushable toilet wipes!
So if your home has suddenly become much more susceptible to toilet blockages and the only thing you’ve really changed is how many ‘flushable’ wipes are being flushed, the culprit should be pretty clear. And it’s not something to take too lightly either, even if you do have spare cash for the occasional plumber. Don’t forget blocked toilets aren’t just gross and inconvenient; any exposure to raw sewage means exposing yourself to a greater risk of disease-causing organisms.
If your toilet is hopelessly blocked, there’s no need to despair – because Gold Coast Plumbing Experts are only ever just around the corner! We’ll unclog your toilet in a flash with our fully licensed and skilled Gold Coast plumbers, equipment and experience – and we’ll guarantee the quality of our workmanship, no questions asked. Get in touch with Gold Coast Plumbing Experts today.