Don’t Flush That! ‘Flushable’ Wipes Can Wreck Pipes

What should be flushed down the toilet? Only toilet paper and, well, you know. What shouldn’t? Those new, so-called flushable personal wipes, say a growing number of city sewer managers, who are dealing with humongous clumps of these wipes clogging up pipes and sewers across the country. Unlike toilet paper, which quickly breaks down in water, these other products – despite their claims of being “septic safe” and “breaking down like toilet paper” – tend to stay intact, gumming up …