With the Coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us find ourselves working from home, taking care of children, or more confined to our home than usual. With the rush to the supermarket to stock up on paper products during this unprecedented time, some homeowners might find themselves toilet paper strapped.
At the moment, there is a high demand and low supply of toilet paper. While many of us have an ample amount of the product, we urge all homeowners to think twice before flushing baby wipes, paper towels, napkins, and tissues down the toilet.
Don’t get us wrong. These products, particularly wipes, are used for a variety of purposes. If that is the case, and you must use these products, we encourage you to use the trash can to dispose of them.
There is an ongoing debate about whether an item that is labeled flushable is flushable. While baby wipes, paper towels, napkins, and tissues can easily flush down the toilet, it is what you cannot see that will eventually wreak havoc on your plumbing system.
Toilet paper is constructed to be biodegradable, quickly clearing your system’s plumbing. Flushing baby wipes, paper towels, napkins, and tissues, on the other hand, often create what is called a “fatberg”. A fatberg is a term used to describe masses of water that clog a sewer system.
“Fatbergs” eventually create rope-like clumps. The clumps have immense strength and reach a choke point or blockage, disputing your plumbing system.
We encourage all of our customers to stay safe during these challenging times. Wash your hands and stay home. We hope that your lives are not unduly interrupted any more than they have been.
For over forty years, Gene Wagner Plumbing has been dedicated to providing the highest quality service to our customers while using the most state-of-the-art, quality materials available in the marketplace. Contact us or call us at 414-541-9217.