Flushable products are more common than ever and can be bought in most stores. They're advertised as being convenient, but unfortunately, the testing that determines if a flushable product is safe for your home's plumbing is usually left up to the manufacturer of the products. There are no rigorous standards or oversight, so you could end up with an issue with your plumbing if you continue to use products like flushable baby wipes, self-cleaning add-ons, and tampons. Here's what they could do to your plumbing.
The first problem will likely happen to your indoor plumbing. Your toilet may start to become sluggish, or may not always flush all the time. At first, using a simple plunger will solve this problem for you. However, it's likely to just move the build-up further down the pipe where it will become unreachable with a plunger. At this point, nothing is going to be able to reach the clog shy of a plumbing snake. If you have one, feel free to use it. However, even that will likely just move the clog further along until you can no longer reach it with the tools you have at your disposal.
The Sewer Line
Another problem that can develop - especially if the clog moves past your plumbing - is for your sewer line itself to become clogged. This takes a while to happen because the sewer line is considerably larger than your indoor plumbing. However, this also means that once a clog develops in the sewer line it's also a lot harder to get rid of.
A blocked sewer line can cause problems for the plumbing throughout your home. One telltale sign that your sewer line has an issue is if you're able to drain water through sinks without a problem but flushing the toilet, using the dishwasher, or the washing machine results in a back-up. This is because the larger amount of highly pressured water can't get through, while a slow drizzle can usually squeeze past a clog.
What to Do
If you've been using flushable products, the best thing you can do right now is to call a plumber that specializes in residential plumbing. Even if you're not having problems, it's the best way to ensure that you don't going forward.
Your plumber will come out and check the lines for problems. If you're not actively having any, they'll go ahead and ream out the indoor plumbing as well as the sewer line to break up any clogs that were still developing.
From there, you should consider giving up flushable products. Throwing away your waste in the garbage can may require a little bit more work, but it will ultimately save you time and money on your plumbing.Share