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Across the country, there have been reports of sewage systems and toilets clogging as Americans faced with a shortage of toilet paper have resorted to using baby wipes, paper towels, napkins and tissues - and flushing them away.
According to Roto-Rooter, one of the country’s largest plumbing service providers, “If you’re all out of toilet paper, there’s no perfect solution, but you should never flush paper towels and napkins. They don’t dissolve quickly in water and are likely to cause your toilet to back up. Facial tissue is another bad idea, but in the absence of toilet paper, you can use it in small amounts if you flush frequently.”
Flusing so-called "flushable" wipes are another huge problem. Since the coronavirus arrived in the United States, stores have been selling out of wipes as quickly as they can stock them. Now, those wipes are getting flushed down toilets, where they clog the sewer system. Toilet paper is designed to dissolve almost instantly. But not wipes. An increasing number of wipes have been clogging sewage pumping stations.
These types of clogs can be very problematic, not only for the homeowner but also for the Township. This practice could cause a blockage down line and potentially affect hundreds of homes. Or, worse yet, It could cause serious damage to the pumps in our lift stations.
So please, besides human waste, flush ONLY toilet paper!