Flushable products are more popular than ever for their ease of disposal options, but are they really safe for your plumbing? Unfortunately, the answer might surprise you and not in a good way. If you use flushable products like baby wipes and tampons on a regular basis, you should read this guide to find out what it could be doing to your plumbing and how you can combat the problem.
The Problem with Flushables
Flushable products are designed to be small enough and flexible enough to go down a toilet's plumbing, but that's where the testing stops. Each manufacturer has their own definition of 'flushable,' which means some products are more flushable than others. However, using any kind of flushable product for a long enough time is likely to cause problems with your plumbing.
The reason for this is that manufacturers don't bother to test what happens once those items go down an actual sewer line, or the pipe leading away from your house to the sewer. Unfortunately, it's entirely possible for those items to get stuck in that sewer line, where it becomes a problem for all of the plumbing in your house.
When you have a partial clog in your sewer line, it can cause your plumbing to slow down. Drains may empty more slowly, or you may notice that bubbling sounds come from your sink when you run the dishwasher, as an example. This is because the water is reaching the clog and has to seep through slowly, instead of quickly. With a full clog, everything in your house will fail to drain, and if you try to force it, like by flushing a toilet, you may have water and sewage come back up inside your home.
How to Mitigate the Problem
Thankfully, it doesn't have to get to this point. If you want to, giving up flushable products will prevent this problem from happening again in the future. But for now, you need to take steps to ensure that you're not already building up a clog.
To do this, contact a plumber. Your plumber will come out and will run a camera down the sewer line to look for problem areas. If one is discovered, they'll break it up with a powered plumbing snake or hydro-jetting, depending on the type of clog and its location. This will completely annihilate the clog and will ensure that you have no plumbing issues in the months to come.
If you continue to use flushable products, consider having a plumber come out on a fairly regular basis to perform sewer cleaning. It can make a big difference in preventing a clog and is relatively inexpensive.Share
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