With toilet paper
in short supplies at most stores, many households are increasing their use
of “flushable” wipes, but Indiana American Water Company (IAWC) is warning
folks not to flush them down the toilet.
According to IAWC,
“flushable” wipes are one of the leading causes of clogged pipes. Flushing
any type of paper towels or wipes down the toilet, even those that are
labeled flushable or biodegradable, can lead to sewer backups, treatment
plant issues, and in-home plumbing clogs.
blockages occur between the house or business and the utility’s sewer main,
where the property owner is responsible for correcting the problem,” IAWC
President Matt Prine said. “We want to help our customers avoid blockages
and a costly plumbing emergency. While it might seem to make your daily life
easier, putting the wrong thing down the toilet or drain can and does cause
blockages, which take time and money to fix.”
In addition to
keeping disposable wipes out of your plumbing system, Indiana American Water
is also encouraging homeowners to use the following tips to avoid sewer
clogs and backups:
all paper towels, flushable wipes and even cotton rounds. These items should
be thrown in the trash instead.
--Your drain pipes
are typically only four inches at their widest, which makes it easy for
things like dental floss, cotton swabs and hair to cause stringy clogs.
Always throw these items in the trash and use a strainer in your tub drain
to prevent hair clogs.
contact lenses and medication can impact the environment and the wastewater
treatment process. Throw all used contact lenses in the trash and take your
unused/expired prescription medications to an authorized prescription drug
--Never pour fat,
oils, or grease down your garbage disposal. Instead, allow it to cool and
use a rubber scraper to remove these items from cookware, plates, utensils,
and cooking surfaces. Then place the grease in a sealed container and
dispose of it in the trash.
baskets/strainers in sink drains to catch food scraps and empty them into