Flushable Wipes Creating Messy Septic Issues
"These wipes are thicker than regular toilet cloth so they don't dissolve," said Ernie Anderson of Algood Sewer and Septic Tank Services. "The alcohol in it can kill the enzymes and bacteria in the tanks and that is what breaks the solid waste in the tank down."
Anderson said even though the wipes have been advertised as "toilet" or "septic" safe, they're actually much thicker and more difficult to dissolve.
The thicker wipes have been filling septic tanks up much faster than regular toilet paper.
Typically tanks only need to be emptied every four to five years at a cost of around $225. Anderson said he has seen some tanks fill up in less than two years.