From childcare to personal hygiene, the ease and convenience of wet wipes have created a massive industry. Wet wipes are laminated plastic cloths that are so tough and durable that you can clean your barbeque with just one sheet.

If you have ever tried to rip one up, you would know that it’s extremely hard to do so by hand, so how is water meant to break it down?

Unfortunately, the “flushable” label is extremely misleading. Toilet paper breaks down in water within minutes while wipes hold their form completely.  

These wipes could be adding to a blockage in your pipes by mixing with oils, fats and hair and catching on cracks and roots.

Many homes have already experienced the burden of a blocked drain due to these wipes, causing overflowing sewers, clogged toilets and terrible smells when you least expect it. With household drainage use increasing during evenings and weekends, the after-hour charges may end up costing you a fortune.

Furthermore, these wipes are ending up in the city drainage systems and mixing with hardened oils and fats to create massive fatbergs. Five hundred tons of fatbergs are formed like this every year in Sydney alone, costing millions of dollars annually.

How to avoid:

Make sure you are throwing any wet wipes you use into the bin rather down the toilet. It’s always best to follow the three P’s rule for what goes down the toilet: pee, poo and paper only!
If you have been disposing of wipes down your toilet as many Australians have been, you could be building a fatberg in your drainage system.

Make sure to call Network Plumbing to get your drainage inspected by CCTV camera. You could be saving yourself time, money and extreme discomfort by clearing these blockages before they become a greater issue.
Don’t let the big-name brands like Kleenex cost you money by faulty labelling … Call Network Plumbing on 9958 5858 to have your drainage inspected now!

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