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Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« on: August 22, 2019, 02:02:30 pm »

This article is on the Washington Post website and very interesting:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/08/20/why-you-probably-shouldnt-flush-flushable-wipes/  We had a back up several years ago when a house guest put one of these wipes down our toilet and it created a mess.  There is a great video linked in the article where he does some actual testing to show what happens to wipes (and some other stuff) when they are flushed.  It's fund to watch and forget about politics for 10 or so minutes.
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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2019, 03:28:25 pm »

Absolutely, Alan. On with the thread on wipes! Should be a killer.
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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2019, 03:35:51 pm »

... It's fund to watch and forget about politics for 10 or so minutes.

I can soooo see you mesmerized by toilet flushing for 10 minutes  ;)

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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2019, 04:15:06 pm »

Don't scoff: think of the poor sods without a pot to piss into.

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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2019, 04:30:35 pm »

Question: Should photos of the 10-minute flush be posted on Street or Landscape, or do we need a new thread on Real Toilet?   ::)
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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 04:40:51 pm »

I think you guys are giving Alan a little too much gripe, although it is a subject matter that does importune for quips. 

"Flushable" wipes are actually a pretty serious problem.  We recently had our stack replaced (from being 100 years old) and our plumper actually warned us against using such things. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2019, 04:53:11 pm »

Question: Should photos of the 10-minute flush be posted on Street or Landscape, or do we need a new thread on Real Toilet?   ::)

Since such situations could lead to man-caused floods, the most appropriate section might be the Climate Change.
 
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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2019, 07:46:27 pm »

We need a new category: The Potty Corner.
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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2019, 09:04:23 am »

Here's a real life example of what can happen :-)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/08/sixty-four-metre-fatberg-discovered-in-english-seaside-resort-sidmouth-devon

I can't believe that Hollywood hasn't made a summer blockbuster about that yet.
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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2019, 09:14:08 am »

Here's a real life example of what can happen :-)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/08/sixty-four-metre-fatberg-discovered-in-english-seaside-resort-sidmouth-devon

This is all very well and laudable, but in practical terms, how would you do your washing up if you had to try and separate cooking fats from the sink as you're doing your dishes and pots etc.? I already wipe those things with kitchen roll before they hit the water, but the paper has to go somewhere too... the residue on the plates, post-wiping, is enough to kill the Fairy Ultra in the basin.

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2019, 09:15:21 am »

I'm not typically for regulations, but I would okay if these got outlawed.  If you have a septic tank and leach field, I have not problem with you using them, but then you are liable to fix the problem once it arrives.  With public sewers, these should not be allowed. 
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2019, 09:25:32 am »

This is all very well and laudable, but in practical terms, how would you do your washing up if you had to try and separate cooking fats from the sink as you're doing your dishes and pots etc.? I already wipe those things with kitchen roll before they hit the water, but the paper has to go somewhere too... the residue on the plates, post-wiping, is enough to kill the Fairy Ultra in the basin.

Rob

I think they're mostly talking about emptying the frying pan down the sink - unless your meal is a "Scottish salad" there shouldn't be that much oil left on the plate :-)
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« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2019, 03:54:36 am »

I'm not typically for regulations, but I would okay if these got outlawed.  If you have a septic tank and leach field, I have not problem with you using them, but then you are liable to fix the problem once it arrives.  With public sewers, these should not be allowed.

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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #14 on: September 10, 2019, 07:33:31 am »

Hi there. I am new here. Interesting thread. Thanks for the information :)
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Re: Why You Shouldn't Use Flushable Wipes
« Reply #15 on: September 11, 2019, 03:26:56 am »

Honestly, I doubt that healthy and smart people can flush wipes into the toilet, even if they are positioned as for the toilet. A bunch of stories about it!
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