Flushable Wipes and Your Septic System

September 21 2020

Flushable Wipes and Your Septic System

Flushable wipes may seem like a dream product, especially for parents of potty-training toddlers. However, as with most things in life, if it seems too good to be true it probably is. While the popularity of flushable wipes is increasing, and even replacing the use of toilet paper for some individuals, property owners should never blindly believe product descriptions. This is even more true for those who use a septic tank for their waste management. At Septic Blue, we provide high quality septic services for home and business owners in Atlanta, Georgia and surrounding metro area neighborhoods. Are you wondering whether you should buy flushable wipes for your household? Here are some reasons why this may not be the best solution. 

What Are Flushable Wipes? 

Flushable wipes are a product where the manufacturer claims that they can be safely flushed down a toilet after use. They are very similar to baby wipes but are marketed toward people of all ages who simply want to feel as fresh as possible after using the restroom. While they may be made of materials that are more easily broken down over time, this may not make them fully safe for your sewer line, particularly for property owners who use a septic system. 

Why Flushable Wipes Are an Issue for Any Waste Management System 

Cities around the world are already suffering from frequent plumbing problems due to the large numbers of people putting non-biodegradable items into their drains. Items like feminine care products and baby wipes are notorious for creating major blockages in city sewer systems. Flushable wipes have also been known to contribute to the problem. While one or two flushable wipes may not ruin the day, millions of people flushing them into the system all at once can create a major issue for utility companies. 

Can People with Septic Systems Use Flushable Wipes?

Okay, so flushable wipes can cause issues for big cities, but septic systems are often located in rural environments with only a single household connected to the tank. So, is it okay for people with septic systems to use the flushable wipes? Not really. Conventional toilet paper is very thin and contains few additives. This means that the paper can easily dissolve in liquid and can feed the beneficial microorganisms inside the septic tank. In contrast, flushable wipes are specifically designed to remain solid when soaked with liquid. They also often contain polypropylene, polyethylene, polyester, rayon, cotton and other chemicals or fibers that will not break down quickly enough inside your septic system. If you want to avoid clogs, then it is best to use products that are guaranteed to be septic safe. 

Do You Need a Septic Pumping and Cleaning Service? Call Septic Blue Today 

Have you already developed a habit of using “flushable” wipes, and now your septic system is severely clogged? Do you need a routine septic pumping and cleaning service or septic tank repair service? Then call the experts at Septic Blue. Our specialists are always ready to help you improve the condition and efficiency of your waste management system. Contact our office for more information about our offerings or to schedule a convenient appointment with a septic professional in Atlanta, Stockbridge, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Snellville, Riverdale, Peachtree City, McDonough, Georgia or a surrounding community.