How Disposable Wipes Can Clog Your Drains

Sometimes, the simplest of inventions can provide a level of convenience that is worth its weight in gold. One of those inventions is disposable wipes. You can find them just about everywhere, from a restaurant to a mom’s minivan to a baby’s changing table. Now, we can’t imagine life without them. But one place disposable wipes don’t belong is in the plumbing system of your home. Once flushed down the toilet, disposal wipes can lead to expensive toilet clogs where you will need plumbing services in Kennesaw, GA, to have them removed.

Invention of the Disposable Wipe

The disposable wipe was invented in 1957 by Arthur Julius. Julius worked for a cosmetic company and made his discovery as he was adjusting a soap portioning machine. He trademarked his moist disposable wipe in 1958 with the name Wet-Nap. Julius showcased his invention in Chicago in 1960 at the National Restaurant Show. By 1963, the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain made Wet-Naps available to their customers, and the rest is history. Today disposable wipes are found everywhere from baby wipes in large tubs to pocket-sized packs for an easy carry-along. Moist facial wipes are sold for easy removal of makeup, and hand-sanitizing wipes are made available for customers at restaurants and supermarkets.

It May Say Flushable – But Don’t Risk It

Disposable wipes are made from non-woven materials of both natural and synthetic plastic fibers. Some of the synthetic fibers come from recycled plastic bottles and plastic bags. The fibers are chemically bonded into one piece of fabric so that the wipe will hold moisture.

Product packaging on some disposable wipes claims they are “flushable.” These “flushable” wipes are designed to disintegrate in a home’s plumbing system. But unfortunately, this is not always the case. The wipes sometimes hold together and can catch other items in the plumbing system, creating clogs. Therefore, even though a wipe may be labeled “flushable,” you are risking a clog. Make it a rule in your house that disposable wipes are only thrown in the trash.

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Clogged Toilets

Toilet paper is designed to partially disintegrate in your home plumbing system when it comes in contact with water. This way, the toilet paper will not create a clog, but easily pass through pipes. Disposable wipes, on the other hand, hold together and can act like a net preventing other materials from passing through the plumbing. If disposable wipes are in your pipes, you are more likely to one day find you have an expensive clog on your hands.

You can take a plunger to the toilet and try to remove the clog yourself. If the clog is down deep inside your plumbing system, your only option will be to find an affordable plumber in Kennesaw, GA. They will come to your house with long metal snakes to push the clog out of your plumbing system and into your septic system or the city sewer system. If that doesn’t work, the plumber may need to send a special camera through the plumbing to identify the problem and come up with another solution.

House Rule

Let everyone in the house know not to flush disposable wipes down the toilet. Because all the drains in a home’s plumbing system are connected, when there is a clog in one area of the house, this can lead to drainage issues throughout an entire house. For this reason, it is better to have a drain unclogged as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to have an annual drain cleaning to avoid this issue throughout the house.

To learn more about how disposable wipes can clog your drains and other plumbing issues, call the Plumb Doctor LLC at 770-912-8922.