Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?

Are Flushable Wipes Really Flushable?

Who doesn’t love a flushable wipe? They provide a more refreshing and cleaner sensation than toilet paper. Flushable wipes are just like regular disposable wipes, except they claim to be septic system “safe” and safe to flush.

What most people don’t realize is that flushable wipes are not made for plumbing because they don’t disintegrate. Wipes are made from a type of paper pulp that is held together with non-degradable materials, therefore they stay intact. As for toilet paper, when it gets wet it falls apart quickly. Toilet paper is made to dissolve, so it’s made so that it doesn’t clog the drain.

Are Flushable Wipes Septic Safe?

If you have a septic system instead of a city sewer system you may want to know how flushable wipes will affect your septic tank. Flushable wipes are not good for the sewer system or your septic system. Non-dissolvable wipes will build up in the part of the septic tank where solids collect, potentially clogging your pipes and leading to more frequent septic pumping. This can increase your plumbing cost as well because flushable wipes clog pipes.

Manufacturers like to tell a different story to keep selling their products, but the experts at Eastern Plumbing have the experience to know that is not the case. If you’ve been using flushable wipes, you could definitely experience a clogged toilet as a result.

Here’s a guide on how to unclog a toilet clogged with flushable wipes:

  • Start with a plunger. Using a plunger can help loosen a clog and force the wipes down through the sewer pipe.
  • Try a toilet snake. You can use the toilet snake to grab the wipes blocking the pipe and pull them back up through the toilet, then dispose of them in the trash can.
  • Call the professionals at Eastern Plumbing. Sometimes the only way to unclog your toilet, is to call a licensed plumber.

Don’t Ever Flush Wipes Down the Toilet

Most homeowners don’t realize how bad flushable wipes are for their plumbing because they don’t break down like toilet paper. This can cause serious damage to your plumbing and/or septic system leading to expensive repairs. You should avoid flushing anything down the toilet, other than toilet paper, even if it’s marked as flushable.

If you and your family have been using flushable wipes and experience clogged pipes, drains or toilets, don’t panic, Eastern Plumbing can help! Give us a call today at 252-758-7579.

Do Plumbers Install Dishwashers?

We’ll get right to the point. Yes, we install dishwashers! If you recently purchased a dishwasher and don’t know how to install it, call the professionals at Eastern Plumbing – we can help!

What are the benefits to calling a plumber for your dishwasher installation?

It’s certainly easier to ask for a plumber’s help, than trying to figure it out on your own. Although DIY projects work for some, if you are not familiar with indoor plumbing this could be a project for the professionals at Eastern Plumbing.

Here are some reasons you should call a plumber:

  1. Improper installation could result in a much bigger problem. If the dishwasher isn’t installed correctly you could end up with leaks and ultimately with water damage.
  2. Plumbers will know if any codes need to be followed and most homeowners are not familiar with those. Plumbers will know them and will follow them if they are required.
  3. Having the installation done right the first time means you won’t have a malfunctioning dishwasher later. Getting the help of a professional from the start means you are ensured less problems down the road.
  4. Avoid warranty issues and expensive repairs. Having your dishwasher installed correctly ensures your warranty will be intact and you could have fewer repairs down the road.

Many people think that you just put the dishwasher in place and you’re done – but that’s not the case. When you use a plumber, they will first disconnect the electric and water from the old dishwasher. They will check the water supply line for kinks and determine if it needs to be replaced. Next, the old dishwasher will be removed while taking measures to ensure there are no water spills or leaks. Now comes the installation of the new dishwasher. The plumber loops the new drain hose to the drain source, connects the water line and secures it so it doesn’t leak. Once the supply line, electrical cable and drain are all properly connected, the plumber will run the dishwasher to make sure it works without any problems!

Again, DIY projects aren’t for everyone or for every home project. If your DIY project involves plumbing or electrical, it may be better to rely on the experts. Using a professional is a sure way to prevent headaches and expenses in the future.

For your plumbing installation needs, call Eastern Plumbing. Our team of professionals will be happy to help you with your dishwasher installation. Call us today at 252-758-7579.