Clean But Don't Flush | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

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Clean But Don't Flush | Billy the Sunshine Plumber

Plumbers are “essential businesses” and allowed to remain open during the current lockdown. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is open and available to help you with all your plumbing needs 24/7/365.

You managed to get out for a bit of boating at the Anclote River Park over the weekend. It was quite a trick at times to maintain the proper distance between boats, but just getting out of the house was worth it. Of course, when you got back home, you went into a frenzy of cleaning and disinfecting. You figure you’re been through more disposable disinfectant wipes in the past two or three weeks than you have in the rest of your life up until now.

Of course, you’re not alone. People across the country are using disposable disinfectant wipes by the barrel full. And many of them are simply flushing them down the toilet when they’re finished with the wipes. 

But that’s exactly the wrong thing to do. You should never flush a disposable disinfectant wipe even if the label says it’s “flushable.”

Wipes bind with fats, oils and grease and can wreak havoc on smaller wastewater treatment facilities, clog local sewer systems and harm your home’s plumbing,” officials with the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District said according to a recent news story. That’s because they are not truly “flushable.” They may go down the drain but they don’t break up like toilet paper. Instead, they clump and turn into a messy mass that can clog up your home’s plumbing and also do damage down the line to city and county systems.

It’s not just the disinfecting wipes that cause problems. Ohio officials sent out this reminder recently:

  • Baby wipes are not flushable.
  • Paper towels are not flushable.
  • Tissues are not flushable.
  • Disinfecting wipes are not flushable.

What do you do with a used wipe? Toss them in the trash when you’re finished with them.

Of course, sometimes things get flushed that should not get flushed and you get a clog in your toilet or elsewhere in your plumbing. Many times you can clear the clog yourself, but other times you need help. That’s when it’s time to call the plumbing pros at Billy the Sunshine Plumber. 

Billy the Sunshine Plumber is Tampa Bay’s go-to drain-clearing pro. Billy the Sunshine Plumber has been clearing drains and pipes for almost 100 years, since opening for business in 1924. Billy the Sunshine Plumber is available 24/7/365. Days, nights, or weekends, Billy the Sunshine Plumber is here to help you with that.

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