“Flushable” wipes are a billion dollar industry right now. They’re wipes that you can use and toss in the toilet, just like toilet paper. They’ll flush for sure (hence the name), but that’s not the end of it. They can cause problems even after they’ve disappeared. We’ll explain how in this article.


Flushable wipes work when they’re wet. They can handle some major rubbing, pulling, twisting and more. That’s what they are meant to do, but that’s a problem in itself. Toilet paper on the other hand, works quite differently.  It works best when it’s dry and is practically useless when it gets wet. We all see how toilet paper melts apart when it gets wet. You can’t do anything with it at that point. You see where we’re going with this?


So when you flush toilet paper down the drain, it disintegrates super quickly and easily and that’s the end of it – no clogging, no blockage, nothing. Wipes – hmm, different ball game. Like we said before, they can withstand a whole lot when wet, because that’s what they were made to do, so the drain’s water has little effect on them. They disintegrate extremely slowly!


This gives them the tendency to get stuck on things that are deep down in your pipes. They can get stuck on just about anything that protrudes within the pipe and they can cause major problems for your filters, pump and septic systems.


Flushable wipes? It’s a good idea not to flush them. Save yourself the heartache. If it’s a bit too late for that, don’t think that all is lost, just call us. We’re those professionals you need to call if you have plumbing problems like these and more. We’ve got experienced and affordable plumbers in Ottawa. With just one call, we can help you solve your plumbing needs and offer you emergency plumbing services.