Bathroom wipes clogging local sewer pipes

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WICHITA, Kansas – It’s a product that’s making for an expensive flush.

“They cause a huge problem,” says drain cleaner Tom Weakly.

A moist towelette that’s often advertised as flushable, but drain cleaners like Tom say it’s not.

“The thing is they’ll make it through the toilet, any stool will flush them out it’s that sewer line where that stool goes, if you have a bad sewer line or tree roots, they don’t break down like toilet paper,” explains Tom.

Instead, they build up in your sewer pipes, creating clogs.

To see for ourselves, we put one to the test. We placed a flushable towelette alongside toilet paper in a container of water for more than an hour.

“The increased types of waste cause us to clean those collection lines more often and that also increases cost,” says Joe Pajor of Wichita’s Public Works and Utilities.

They can lead to costly repairs and damage to your home.

“Places where they can catch they will and as they pile up, they can dam of the sewer line and cause backups into peoples homes and business,” says Pajor.

“That’s all you should be putting down the toilet. Just toilet paper,” says Tom.

Even if your bathroom wipes are labeled as flushable, Pajor recommends throwing all material; besides toilet paper in the trash rather than flushing it.

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