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Disinfecting wipes being flushed down toilets causing major pipe problems

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  1. [6]
    skybrian
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    From the article: [...]

    From the article:

    Wes Fredenburg runs one of the vac trucks for the San Rafael Sanitation District. His job is to clear sewer lines. He has been fighting wipes for the last few days.

    “They get snagged in the pipes and cause a build up, cause a blockage and overflow. Or they can get caught in a pump and stop the pump,” said Fredenburg.

    He showed KPIX 5 example of how rags and wipes can clog up and completely jammed a pump. Not very sanitary for sanitary wipes.

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    “There’s legislation that’s we’re looking at requiring manufacturers of wipes to use proper labeling. So, if there’s synthetic material in the wipe, like plastic or regenerated cellulose, you can’t label them as ‘flushable’ anymore,” explained Dow.

    Bottom line, regardless of what the label says, those wipes should be put in the trash, not toilets.

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    1. [5]
      reese
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      Ugh. And that's not the only thing people unsuccessfully try to flush down the toilet: 14 things you should never flush down the toilet.. While we're at it, here's another listicle: 12 things you...

      Ugh. And that's not the only thing people unsuccessfully try to flush down the toilet: 14 things you should never flush down the toilet..

      While we're at it, here's another listicle: 12 things you should never pour down the drain.

      If the profound sample size of all my otherwise intelligent friends and family members who have tried to flush or drain one of the mentioned items is any indication, then at least somebody here reading my comment needs to click on both links and memorize the lists.

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      1. [4]
        bleem
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        Do napkins count? I have one roll of TP left and then napkins til the 24th

        Do napkins count? I have one roll of TP left and then napkins til the 24th

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        1. DanBC
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          You can test by putting a napkin in a jar of water and shaking it up. If you get a cloud of very small disconnected stuff after 10 seconds it's probably flushable.

          You can test by putting a napkin in a jar of water and shaking it up. If you get a cloud of very small disconnected stuff after 10 seconds it's probably flushable.

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        2. [2]
          reese
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          Praying for you.

          Praying for you.

          1. bleem
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            dont pull a pence. I dont need prayers lol

            dont pull a pence. I dont need prayers lol