What your plumber wants you to know while you're home during the coronavirus crisis

Staff photo by Troy Stolt / Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Center, as seen on Saturday, March 28, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Coronavirus has lead to many Chattanoogans spending more time at home and due to social distancing and businesses being shut down, and as a result the City is facing disproportionate amount of sewer lines getting clogged, the flushing of disinfecting wipes down the toilet has been a leading cause of back ups.

Plumbing experts will tell you there are only three things you should ever flush down your toilet: urine, feces and toilet paper.

Disinfecting wipes are nowhere on the list, not even the ones marked flushable.

"No flushable wipes - they don't break down like toilet paper," said Jeff Logan, owner of Scenic City Plumbing in Chattanooga and a plumber with 22 years' experience.

This might come as a surprise to shoppers clearing shelves of sanitizing wipes during the coronavirus crisis. The products' claims of germ obliteration may be true, but don't believe everything you read on the label. Yes, technically, they are flushable. But so is a cellphone. What these products are not is dispersible, or easily dissolvable.

Bottom line: The only thing you want going down your john are the three P's of potent plumbing - pee, poo and (toilet) paper.