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“Flushable” wipes caused massive blockage in city sewer pipes

“It’s pitch black. The huge wet glop feels like an oily ball of string. And it’s just as well the helmet and mask doesn’t allow the diver to smell.

The snarl is largely thousands of wet wipes, or baby wipes — those supposedly “flushable” disposables people toss into their toilets every day.

The diver on Monday and Tuesday was nearly 100 feet down in a sewer well, removing the congealed mass that clogged up suction intake pumps to the Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Center on James Island.”

See the photos and read the story here.

Toilets shouldn’t be used as garbage disposals. Even if what is discarded makes its way out of your sewer system, it’ll likely form a mass in your local area sewer system causing problems for everyone. As the phrase goes, when in doubt – throw it out… in the trash.

If your toilet is clogged and a plunger isn’t doing the trick, call DC Annis Sewer at 612-861-6425 or visit our clogged toilets page for more information.