Flushable wipes have been introduced over the past decade, and a large number of homeowners use these instead of traditional toilet paper. However, if you talk to any experienced plumber, he or she is sure to tell you that flushing flushable wipes down your toilet is a horrible idea. Despite their name, flushable wipes should not be flushed down the toilet, and doing so can cause a number of issues. When it comes to using the bathroom, plumbers recommend that you only flush toilet paper. Some of the top reasons to avoid flushing flushable wipes down your toilet include the following:

Prevent Expensive Repair Bills

A plumbing system can last for years without problems if it is properly cared for. But, when you begin flushing flushable wipes down your toilet, you're just asking for trouble. Unlike toilet paper, flushable wipes do not break down and disintegrate in water. Thus, there is a high likelihood that flushable wipes will get stuck somewhere in your plumbing system, causing problems with your toilet and its flush. Once this happens, you will need to hire a plumber to make repairs and remove the flushable wipes from your system. If you cease to stop flushing flushable wipes, you can expect to pay for repairs on a regular basis.

Avoid Sewage Backup

Since flushable wipes never break down, they will begin to collect in your sewer main line or the pipe to your septic tank, and over time, the entire pipe will become blocked by a thick ball of wipes. When this happens, waste produced in your household will have nowhere to go, so it will begin backing up into your home. No one wants to deal with raw sewage in their home — it is not sanitary and it can be very expensive to clean up after a sewage backup. Not flushing flushable wipes is a simple and easy way to avoid a sewage backup in your home.

Don't Damage the Sewer System

Many people do not realize that flushable wipes are causing major problems in municipal sewer systems. Huge numbers of flushable wipes in the system leads to clogs, blockages, and the inability for the sewer system to work properly. In turn, cities and counties have to spend large sums of money to fix the sewer system, and those costs are passed on to homeowners in the form of taxes and increased costs for monthly sewer service.