Did you know? Rags, debris and wipes are the biggest sources of sewer overflows and backups.
If you are considering alternatives to traditional toilet paper, flushing anything other than human waste and toilet paper can result in sewage back-ups, expensive damages to your home plumbing system, and cause problems to the sewer and water treatment system.
Toilet paper is the only paper product engineered to be compatible with the sanitary sewer system. It is the only item that breaks down in water quickly unlike other paper that doesn't break down.
- Disposable Wipes (even if marked “Flushable”)
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Paper Towels
- Dental Floss
- Face Cleaning Pads
- Cotton Balls or Ear Swabs
- Cooking Grease
Wipes, paper towels, and other paper products get caught in sewer lift stations and in equipment at the wastewater treatment facility. These items can damage equipment and must be removed by hand.
In the past 10 years, there has been an increase in damages and costs due to clogs and backups from flushing wipes.
- Sales of Flushable Wipes grew by 23%.
- The total market may grow as much as 12.1% annually, expanding to $2.4 billion annually.
- This market expansion has caused significant clean-up costs on municipal utilities throughout the country.
- Utilities nationwide now spend $500 million to $1 billion each year dealing with problems caused by wipes.
- So-called flushable wipes currently on the market in the U.S. were retrieved fully intact after at least 30 minutes of travel time through the sewer system.
A study in Maine on the performance of wipes showed that approximately 35 percent of debris in the municipal sewer systems studied were disposable wipes.
Toilets are meant for only one activity, and you know what we are talking about! When the wrong thing is flushed, results can include costly back-ups on your own property or cause problems on our sewer and water treatment system.
That's why it's important to treat toilets properly, and flush only your personal contributions to the water treatment plant.