What really happens to pipes when you flush "flushable wipes."

Your “flushable wipes” are not actually flushable. This is what can happen to pipes from “flushable wipes.” There are health concerns having to ask our employees to clear the mess. The clogs can cause sewer backups creating human health and environmental issues.

WHAT NOT TO FLUSH:No Wipes in the Pipes

  • Baby or any “Flushable Wipes.” YOUR “FLUSHABLE WIPES” ARE NOT ACTUALLY FLUSHABLE! Not only do they affect the public sewer pipes (see photo to right), they can affect home lateral pipes (the pipe that carries home wastewater to the public sewer pipe) and the home’s internal plumbing. The home lateral and internal plumbing are the responsibility of the home owner and can be costly to clear. Dispose of “flushable wipes” in your trash.
  • Paper towels, napkins and facial tissues. Although they appear to be of the same material, they are not and, do not decompose in water like toilet paper does.
  • Disposable and cloth diapers. They normally don’t fit anyway.
  • Fibrous materials: Q-Tips, cotton balls, cotton pads, hair, rags, cigarette butts.
  • Large quantities of cereals or grains. They can swell in water.
  • Kitty litter.
  • Gum.
  • Medications. Treatment plants do not treat for synthetic compounds. Instead, place in a sealed container or, wrap in aluminum foil, and dispose of in your trash. Park City Police and Walgreens Pharmacy also accept medications. Click here for more on Endocrine Disrupting Compounds.
  • Menstrual products. They are products intended to absorb water, not decompose in water.
  • Condoms. Also do not decompose in water.
  • Dental floss. Behaves like a fishing net in water, capturing and holding on to debris. Can wrap around pump motor parts (for homeowners who have wastewater ejector systems).
  • Food. Yes, it’s biodegradable and, will eventually decompose. However, not before it clogs your drain.


  • Instead, pour it in a cup, allow it to cool and harden, then throw it in the trash.
  • Better to have it harden outside your plumbing system rather than in your plumbing system where it can cause expensive clogs.
  • Greases and oils from cooking combine with the assortment of chemicals in your plumbing and the public sewer system (fatty acids combining with calcium common in sewer water) to form a waxy, soapy compound. Those fatty blobs stick to the walls of your home plumbing, lateral and public sewer pipes, sometimes referred to as “fatbergs.” Click here to see part of a very large “fatberg” on display in the Museum of London.
  • “Fatbergs” are analogous to bad cholesterol building in your arteries, eventually causing blockages.
  • “Fatbergs” are notorious for generating strong stinky odors too.
  • We all know what this is. If you’ve ever left bacon grease in a frying pan too long, you’ve noticed that it cools and solidifies. Imagine that happening in your home’s plumbing, lateral or the public sewer system.
  • “Fatberg” clogs pose a potential hazard to human health and the environment when the home owner’s plumbing, lateral or the public sewer system backs up. And, they are costly to clear.