Flushing Wipes

Document (1)Save Your Pipes. Don't Flush Wipes

Many household cleaning products are labeled and marketed as disposable; many baby hygiene products are labeled both disposable and flushable. And while these products may be marketed as a convenience item, the truth is that these household wipes have the ability to clog and stop up not only your sewer pipes, but also can cause blockage and service problems in Amelia County Sanitary District's (ACSD) sewer system and pump stations.

Unlike toilet paper, these products don't break down once they are flushed. They can cause blockages in your on-site side sewer, especially older pipelines that may have grease, roots or other obstructions already existing. Eliminating these problems from your sewer pipes can leave you with a nasty repair bill.

On a larger scale, when these products make their way into the public sewer system they collect together and cause clogs in ACSD's sewer main lines and get tangled in pump stations requiring repair or possibly even expensive replacement of equipment.

Never Flush
The following items should never be flushed into the sewer system:
  • Baby wipes
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Moist towelettes
  • Mop or "Swiffer" type refills
  • Paper towels
  • Q-tips
  • Toilet cleaning pads
  • Any consumer item that is not toilet paper
Are 'Flushable Wipes' Really Flushable?

There are many relatively new bathroom products on the market today that are advertised as a better cleaning experience when compared to traditional toilet paper. These products' labels indicate they are safe for sewers. In addition to wipes, there are also other cleaning products that are labeled as "flushable" which may go down the toilet but they are not breaking down sufficiently enough.

Flushable wipes are marketed in a variety of ways, such as "septic-safe", "breaks down like toilet paper" or "safe for sewer and septic." The problem is that they generally take longer to break down when compared to traditional toilet paper and as a result have caused major blockages in sewer systems.

Consumer Reports conducted a test to determine if flushable wipes really are flushable. Check out the Consumer Reports video to see the results.