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Flushable wipes: Are they really safe to flush?

As a plumbing expert, I can tell you that flushable wipes are not really safe to flush. They may be labeled as "flushable" or "septic-safe," but that doesn't mean they're good for your plumbing system.

Flushing wipes can cause a number of problems, including:

Clogged pipes: Wipes are made from a variety of materials, including plastics and synthetic fibers, that don't break down as quickly as toilet paper. This can lead to clogs in your pipes, which can be expensive and inconvenient to repair.

Septic system problems: If you have a septic system, flushing wipes can damage it and lead to costly repairs. Wipes can clog the septic tank and drain-field, and they can also harbor harmful bacteria.

Environmental damage: Wipes that aren't properly disposed of can end up in our waterways, where they can pollute the water and harm wildlife.

So, what should you do instead of flushing wipes? The best thing to do is to simply dispose of them in the trash. There are a number of alternatives to wipes that are safe to flush, such as toilet paper, bidet attachments, and washcloths.

If you must use wipes, be sure to choose a brand that is labeled as "flushable" and "septic-safe." And be sure to flush only one or two wipes at a time.

Here are some additional tips for preventing clogs in your plumbing system:

Avoid flushing anything other than toilet paper and human waste.

Use a plunger regularly to clear any minor clogs.

Have your plumbing system inspected and cleaned by a professional on a regular basis.

By following these tips, you can help to keep your plumbing system running smoothly and avoid costly repairs.

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