There’s that first moment of fear when the water starts rising in your toilet. You race for the plunger. The only thing on your mind is avoiding an overflow mess that will ruin your day!
One way to avoid a mood-altering and potentially costly bathroom backup is to never flush any product besides toilet paper down your toilet. This includes any type of wipe, even if it’s labeled “flushable.”
Baby wipes and household cleaning wipes should always go into the trash, never the toilet.
While the wipes can be flushed, they don’t break down in the wastewater system. These wipes have a cloth-like consistency, and that means they can clog your sewer pipe, block your sewer lateral or clog pumps and other treatment process equipment.
Even if your pipes don’t get clogged with these wipes, flushing them will cause problems down the line. And that clog could lead to a backup in YOUR home.
Wastewater industry officials worldwide report clogged sewer systems due to problems with people flushing wipes down the toilet. While consumers are free to purchase wipes for the home, the St. Peters Utilities Department urges residents to throw them away in waste containers. They should be treated as a solid waste item and unsafe to flush.