Bio-Degradable Wipes—NOT!!!!! - There are a lot of personal hygiene products out there today that are advertised as bio-degradable or “flushable”. Some of these items, like baby wipes are very resilient and heavy duty. Try “tearing” one up if you doubt this! They may very well flush down the toilet, however from that point on you may have an issue with blockages. Old terra-cotta or clay sewer pipes under the basement floors may have cracks, off-set joints, roots and other defects that will “grab” these products and a blockage can occur. Better to dispose of these items in the trash.