Skip to comments.Popular Bathroom Wipes Blamed For Sewer Clogs Nationwide
Posted on 09/23/2013 12:11:51 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, which represents 300 wastewater agencies, says it has been hearing complaints about wipes from sewer systems big and small for about the past four years.
That roughly coincides with the ramped-up marketing of the flushable cleansing cloths as a cleaner, fresher option than dry toilet paper alone. A trade group says wipes are a $6 billion-a-year industry, with sales of consumer wipes increasing nearly 5 percent a year since 2007 and expected to grow at a rate of 6 percent annually for the next five years.
Manufacturers insist wipes labeled flushable arent the problem, pointing instead to baby and other cleaning wipes marked as nonflushable that are often being used by adults.
My team regularly goes sewer diving to analyze whats causing problems, said Trina McCormick, a senior manager at Kimberly-Clark Corp., maker of Cottonelle. Weve seen the majority, 90 percent in fact, are items that are not supposed to be flushed, like paper towels, feminine products or baby wipes.
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If they didn’t regulate the amount of water down to nearly nothing per flush, this might not be the problem that it is.
Sue the mfgrs’ butts, much like the gun sue-ers (sic).
If they are strong enough to be wet and not tear, then they are NOT made for flushing, no matter what they say.
you know, my job ain't so bad after all......
Mark Steyn was hilarious on this today on Rush. Wipezilla throwing the Tower of London over its shoulder.
Are these the ones that several NFL linemen are promoting (according to Rush)? “Defunk your Drawers”, “Clean your Crack” or something like that...
I know some folks with their heads in the sand who have no problem with gov't bans on guns, etc. But I bet they'll have a HUGE problem with the gov't banning their convenient little wet nappies.
This can’t be.
Hollyweird dictated that people only use one square.
The people doing this are from other countries and this is not a new issue.
They don’t have access to running water or what we think of as a toilet.
Additionally, they live in homes/apartments that are rented and think that the plumbing just gets magically fixed.
If they had to pay for the repairs they would learn in short order what goes in the toilet and what goes in the trash.
I’m reminded of a sign in a bathroom, in Puerto Aventura, Mexico:
“Do not put anything in this toilet that was eaten first!”
They are a godsend for those of us with difficult to clean nether regions.
The very definition of a dirty job, especially inspections/repairs conducted while the system is operational. (Yes, this happens frequently.) You learn to jump out of the way when you hear certain sounds.
If babies are the target, they are called baby wipes. If NFL linemen, then perhaps mud flaps would be a better term.
And if the sewers can’t handle them, I say make bigger sewers because the ladies in my family would never, ever give up using this essential equipment.
“Manufacturers insist wipes labeled flushable arent the problem,”
Oh yes they damned well are. They DO NOT break down like toilet tissue does.
I’ve been on countless calls to snake lines as big as 3 and 4 inches with these damned things blocking them. I have had to cut them off my snake with a sharp knife.
Something like this is NOT flushable I don’t care what it says on the package.
If you use them with a septic system, they will also destroy it in short order.
Low flow toilets make the likelihood of clogging greater but the lines will plug with a high flow toilet also.
You might as well be trying to flush flannel rags down the toilet.
I got some 1950’s-era commodes with the new investment property. They are coming with me when I sell it. You can flush more-or-less anything down these puppies.
Like Dingy Harry’s and Pelosi’s mouth from being attached to der Furher.
They don’t know about the 3 shells?
LOL....love Albert Brooks.
I’ve noticed in the last several years,people using paper towels as toilet paper.
This has lead to paper towels being thinner.
“They dont know about the 3 shells?”
That’s funny, right thar I tell yo.
Howard Stern has been using these for that for years now. You can blame him for any Long Island sewer clogs. Only girly men and retards use this crap. Unreal!
My team regularly goes sewer diving to analyze whats causing problems, said Trina McCormick...
If she and her team get tired of that job - they could always go into politics.
Been using them for 10 plus years and have never had a problem. It is all a matter of how much you use and how much bulk is there. (flush once for the bulk, twice for the remainder /Peter Griffin).
It’s really pretty simple... if it’s going to easily plug the toilet, you’re trying to flush too much at once.
I tried them once. Made me feel like I wasn’t quite ...done . Ended up having ti finish up with dry toilet paper.
A plumber arguing against wet wipes and grease is like a chicken supporting Col. Saunders.
Still the best.
I’m sure they wouldn’t want to go that low on the respectibility ladder.
You say that like it is a bad thing.
So they use them twice? /s
I'm gonna have to do some google research to figure this out.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc can really stink up a situation.
I am redoing my bathrooms and I am keeping my non-lo-flow commodes that were installed before they passed the law that outlawed the sale of non-lo-flows.
When I am riding through my neighborhood and I see old commodes sitting at the curb, I feel like I need to remind the owner how much better that old commode is.
Why are your nether regions hard to clean? On seco.second thought never mind.
Put everyone on their own septic system and they'll learn this real fast.
Government regulation causes as many if not more problems than the complaints “they say” they are addressing.
I assume you meant NOT eaten first? Otherwise what’s them point ?
Ewww...just how did you notice that?
into one of these....
What could go wrong, right??
See post 15 if you own your sewer line.
I was in tears!
Charmin is just as bad.
Its not as nasty, gross, or smelly as you might thing.
I have an “old fashion” commode in my basement. It is in perfect condition and awaiting some future renovation. It is now worth at least 4x what it was originally purchased for. There must be a black market for these things.
I also have about 50 100watt incandescent light bulbs. I am working on the import of some old fashion dishwasher soap and laundry detergent.
Anyone need some asbestos roof shingles? LOL
Sewer clogs? Hope and change at work.
If you lack an imagination, I’m not going to try to help.
Those are definately NOT flushable!!!
So is that how you “bleach the button”....?