In the last year new wet wipes have increased in popularity. What are they? Well, they are wipes that you’d normally use to clean up a number 2 on a baby. It seems that adults now long for that baby clean feel too.
It is very hard to write this blog with a straight face, perhaps this is why I’m a Plumber.
You see, when you normally do your business and use standard toilet paper a remarkable miracle occurs. The paper dissolves to nothing, it’s like magic. Sometimes when people run out of toilet paper they are forced to improvise and this is when the problem starts. Kitchen paper, tissues, baby wipes and believe it or not, newspaper doesn’t break down after it’s been flushed and that means one thing, sewer blockage.
Now despite the claims these new adult wipes break down, we are seeing a spike in blockages because of them. Don’t get me wrong, we here at Highlander Plumbing love clearing sewer pipes, we could do it all day, but we need to provide a duty of care to our customers to use these wipes with caution.
The risk of using the wipes is minimized if your house has perfect PVC, well graded sewer system, but if you like the majority of people in Sydney, have a dodgy old sewer system with old Terracotta pipes, then you’d be advised against using the wet wipes. The clearing of sewer pipes with water jetting equipment can sometimes be costly and in this case could have been avoided.
After reading all of this and decide to keep using the wet wipes then please call us when the sewer blocks up, I will greatly appreciate your assistance in paying for my kids’ school fees!