Plumbers say toilet paper alternatives could damage your pipes

Posted at 7:45 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 21:45:28-04

BOISE, Idaho — With toilet paper in high demand, some are turning to flushable wipes and other alternatives.

A local plumber warns flushing those alternatives can impact you and your city's waste treatment system.

Kenny Calkins has been working as a plumber for years.

He said his team responds to a clogged sewer system at least once a week, with "flushable" wipes as the culprit.

According to Calkins, septic systems aren't immune either.

Flushable wipes, paper towels and even napkins will line the bottom of your septic system and eventually cause clogs.

The Department of Environmental Quality says instead of flushing those items, put them in the trash.

Calkin says that plumbing is an essential system in preventing the spread of COVID-19, because without them it is difficult to practice proper hygiene.