Can I flush disposable wipes?

No, disposable wipes, rags, clothing articles, and paper towels should not be flushed because these combine with fats, oils, greases, and other debris to cause major clogs within the wastewater collection system and treatment facilities.  The fibers contained within most “flush-able” wipes are not biodegradable.  Also, if your house has a low-pressure grinder pump, the pump may become damaged and the property owner could be responsible for the costs of repair. Please see the Grinder Pump Informational Brochure (PDF) which discusses the use and maintenance of grinder pump systems.

A briefing regarding legislation in the District of Columbia regarding flushable wipes provides additional insights into the issue.

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1. Can I flush disposable wipes?
2. How long will it take for my new grinder pump to be installed after I have applied for one?
3. I am having work done on my home and need to locate my sewer line. How can that be done?
4. What can I do to prevent sewer overflows?
5. What do I do if the alarm on my grinder pump sounds?
6. What is a smoke test?
7. What is the purpose of smoke testing?
8. Should I do anything to prepare?
9. Could smoke enter my home?
10. Do I have to be home when smoke testing is being performed?