Flushable Wipes, are they safe to flush?


Coronavirus is Causing a Shortage of Toilet Paper

People throughout the Greater Tampa Bay region are stocking up on large amounts of toilet paper because of the Coronavirus. This has caused a massive shortage of toilet paper through the Tampa area, and has made people think of alternatives, like baby wipes.

Do you remember the first time you used a wet wipe instead of toilet paper and flushed it down your toilet? At first, you weren’t sure how to feel about it, but after a few more trips to the bathroom, it didn’t seem like it was that big of a deal. Even the packaging of these wipes do say “flushable,” but are they really safe to flush down your toilet and into your plumbing?

The Breakdown

Wet wipes are marketed as “flushable” and “septic-safe,” so there should be no problem with flushing them down the toilet, right? Wrong! Even though these wipes do eventually break down, they take a longer amount of time to do so compared to toilet paper. Since the breakdown of wet wipes aren’t as rapid, clogged pipes and blockages occur more frequently. Putting your Tampa home’s plumbing at risk for serious clogs. This can translate into hefty plumbing bills.


After these so called “flushable” wipes are flushed, they can get caught up with other items that are currently in your sewer line. Thick toilet paper, paper towels, cotton swabs, dental floss, sanitary pads, and toilet cleaning pads are all commonly flushed items that contribute to clogs and backups.

The combination of these items with wet wipes will create a mess of a blockage known as “ragging.” When this happens to you, break out your cell phone and start your search to find a good Tampa plumber.

What to Do?

Manufacturers provide test results stating that flushable wipes are “deemed safe” to flush — however, there is evidence that supports the flushing of these wipes actually increases the risk of clogged sewer lines and require pumping of septic tanks more often. Even though wipes might feel like the greatest invention since sliced bread, you should opt out of using them. Toilet paper is meant to be the ONLY thing flushed down the toilet, other than “the obvious.”

Just because a label trying to sell you something, says something, doesn’t always make it true. That same principle applies to your beloved “flushable” bathroom wipes and their deceptive packaging. When your Tampa home is experiencing frequent clogs (whether you use wet wipes or not), there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

Cass Plumbing of Tampa Bay is always ready for your call, whether the clog is big or if it’s small! To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 813-265-9200.

At Cass Plumbing, we want everyone in the Tampa Bay region to be safe from the Coronavirus, and remember, only flush toilet paper into your plumbing system.