Your Guide to What Not to Put Down the Drain
When it comes to our plumbing systems, we have to take care of them to ensure they stay in working order. Depending on how old your home is, your pipes may have seen some odd items go down them at some point. Accidents happen and sometimes there are no long-term problems with the wrong items going down a drain. However, sometimes the wrong item going down can cause plumbing issues that cost an arm and a leg to fix. Let’s look at five items you should never put down your drain.
What Not to Put Down the Drain to Save Your Plumbing
What Not to Put Down the Drain: Coffee Grounds
Everyone seems to put coffee grounds down their drain instead of the trash can, but is a big no no! Coffee grounds can cause worse blockages than grease if you can believe it. Wait for your coffee grounds to dry, then throw them in the trash can.
What Not to Put Down the Drain: Eggshells
Eggshells are a granular waste which can cause blockages in pipes and drains. Even though you think you’re grinding them to a pulp with your garbage disposal, this isn’t enough to keep them from forming clogs when mingling with other waste going down the drain. Eggshells can be thrown in the trash.
What Not to Put Down the Drain: Grease, Fats, and Oils
Grease, fats, and oils should never, ever be put down the drain whether they’re in liquid or solid form. These slowly trickle down drains, getting stuck and dried, collecting other debris going down your drain until a full blockage occurs that can crack your pipes and cause a backup. Store grease, fats, and oils in a Ziploc bag, freeze it, then throw it out in the trash for proper disposal.
What Not to Put Down the Drain: Cat Litter
Even flushable cat litter – it is a thing! – can’t be flushed down the drain no matter what you’ve heard. Cat litter not only backs up drains, it can also help bacteria breed in your drains that lead to bodies of water sickening animal and plant life. Make sure to tie off your cat litter in its own bag, then throw in the trash for safe disposal.
What Not to Put Down the Drain: Flushable Wipes
Flushable wipes are not actually mean to be flushed down the toilet or thrown into the garbage disposal. The issue with these wipes is they combine with other nasty stuff in your drains to cause a blockage and impede water flow. Throw these in the trash.