Think twice before throwing something into the toilet

Disposable wipes can clog pipes and back-up pumps

POSTED: 05:41 PM EDT Jul 17, 2013 
ROANOKE, Va. -

You might want to think twice the next time you go to throw something in the toilet.

Disposable wipes for cleaning and the baby that claim to be flushable, can actually add up and cause problems in your lines.

The Water Authority says it has sent notes reminding customers of this in the past.

The problem is those wipes don't breakdown and can get caught in pipes and pumps within the line.

A local plumber says your toilet should only be used for waste and toilet paper.

"People think once I don't see it, it has not a problem anymore, but its got 50-foot to 100-foot to travel before it's out of your piping system, up under your ground so you've got to watch out for that too, just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it's not there," explains Marcus Morales of Marco Plumbing & Handyman.

The Water Authority says at this point this is an emerging issue, not a major problem just yet.