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  • Writer's pictureMatt Winch

The Impact of "Flushable" Wipes on Your Plumbing

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Wet wipes, often marketed as 'flushable,’ offer practicality compared to traditional toilet paper, but the real question remains: Are flushable wipes truly flushable?

In a case at the Australian Federal Court in 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleged that a particular brand promoting flushable wipes was a primary contributor to numerous blocked pipes. Another brand faced a hefty fine of $700,000 for similar offences.

Let's dive into the intricacies of toilet drains and sewer systems, to clarify a few aspects:


While flushable wipes do break down eventually, they do so at a slower rate than toilet paper. Unlike toilet paper, designed to quickly disintegrate with the swish of water, flushable wipes pose a higher risk of causing sewer blockages and toilet issues.

Flushed Consequences:

Although these wipes break down over time, the extended duration increases the likelihood of blockages, especially when numerous wipes are flushed simultaneously. The combination of wipes, toilet paper, and other materials in the drain contributes to potential blockages.

The Reality of Flushable:

The term 'flushable' on the packaging doesn't guarantee instant dissolution upon flushing. Similar to toilet paper, flushable wipes are indeed flushable, but it's crucial to acknowledge the heightened risk of toilet blockages associated with their usage.

If you've noticed a surge in toilet blockages at home, and your use of 'flushable' wipes has increased, it's likely the culprit. Beyond the inconvenience, blocked toilets pose health risks due to exposure to raw sewage, highlighting the importance of addressing this issue promptly.

Should you find yourself dealing with a stubborn blocked toilet, Innovation Plumbing and Design are at your service. Our licensed and skilled Brisbane plumbers are equipped with the expertise, tools, and experience to quickly resolve your plumbing concerns. We stand behind the quality of our workmanship, ensuring your satisfaction with every job.

Contact us today to schedule a comprehensive plumbing service. Your home deserves the best, and we are here to make a difference—one plumbing solution at a time.

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