'Flushable' wipes causing sewer problems

Posted at 12:01 AM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 00:01:03-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Those so-called flushable wipes in your house might be anything but.

Experts, and city utility officials, say not to use them. In Greenfield, city wastewater workers had to do emergency repairs on a pump after it became clogged with wipes.

But manufacturers say they are safe to use. Kimberly-Clark, which makes flushable wipes under the Cottonelle, Scott Naturals, Pull-Ups and other brands, says all of their products labeled "flushable" are flushable.

But, they point out, they also make baby wipe products under the Huggies brand that are not flushable.

City sewer systems aren't the only things affected by wrongly flushed wipes – homeowners have had to pay hundreds of dollars to get their sewer pipes unclogged because of them.

Kimberly-Clark says even flushable wipes should only be disposed of one or two at a time, and that you should always check the label to make sure they are flushable.