Baby and personal wipes may look and act like toilet paper, but they have one significant difference: they don’t break down after being flushed. Cleaning or sanitary wipe products are growing in popularity across the nation, and sewage systems are suffering as a result. These products have “Do Not Flush” warnings for a reason, but users continue to either miss or ignore this warning. Our plumbing repair services here at Ben Franklin include handling backups and clogs, but we are also here to help prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Common Clog Offenders

When it comes to toilets, toilet paper is the only foreign object that should go down the drain. Even products that claim to be flushable can create the types of clogs that require professional plumbing repairas they may dissolve slowly or form clumps. Recent research shows that some supposedly flushable items can take upwards of a week to break down and safely travel through a plumbing and sewage system. The aforementioned cleaning, baby, and personal wipes typically don’t dissolve or break down at all, presenting potentially serious plumbing issues. It is wise to always inspect a product for flush warnings, and when in doubt—throw it out after use. Your plumbing system and wallet will thank you.

Rapid Response for Clogs and Other Plumbing Problems

Clogs can occur for a variety of reasons, some of which may have nothing to do with what has been flushed. The expert team of plumbers here at Ben Franklin is here to meet all of your plumbing maintenance needs in a prompt and professional manner. For more information on our services, how to keep your plumbing systems running at full speed, or to set up an appointment for plumbing repair, please give us a call.