You might think you already know what never to put down your drain. But we’re here to tell you, 99% of homeowners don’t know ALL of the things in this article:
So, if you think there’s any chance whatsoever that you might be putting the wrong thing down the drain … from wet wipes down your toilet to coffee grounds down your sink … read on! The vast majority of people are doing at least ONE thing wrong. So take a couple of minutes to read this article and save yourself a couple hundred or even a couple of THOUSAND dollars in the future!
No-no #1: “Flushable” kitty litter
You know better than to flush kitty litter down the toilet … But, what if it claims to be “flushable” on the box? We want to say that this is one of the most dangerous marketing claims we’ve seen! Not only does flushable kitty litter clog your drain, but it also traps bacteria in a unique way that isn’t killed in the water treatment process. EW! Do you know how they say a pregnant woman shouldn’t clean the litter box in case of exposure to toxins? The same thing is true with flushing kitty litter down the toilet. Not only is it not flushable, but it’s also poisoning the water supply! OK, maybe poisoning is a strong word, but please, stop flushing “flushable” kitty litter!
No-no #2: “Flushable” wet wipes
Along with the pandemic came a rise in the number of wet wipes people bought to sanitize surfaces. While that’s a good thing, flushing them down the toilet isn’t! You’re probably thinking to yourself, “But if they claim to be safe to flush, then don’t they break down in your pipes?” Well, that’s just the thing. There have been lawsuits against wet wipes companies for marketing themselves this way, and then their wipes block the pipes!! “Flushable” wet wipes aren’t truly biodegradable, and they often get stuck in your drain, like at an elbow/turn point. And then once one gets stuck, more and more get stuck. This clog could end up causing a gross mess in your bathroom. There’s a reason this made “#2” on our list!
No-no #3: Liquid drain cleaner
You may have already known that drain cleaner is wrong for your drain, but we want to explain precisely why you should never use it! And why you should use Parker & Sons in an emergency instead!
The problem with liquid drain cleaner is that it corrodes your pipes. And that’s not just true for copper pipes. It warps PVC pipes, too. It can even crack the porcelain of your toilet! And, did you know, even pouring boiling water down your sink or toilet can warp PVC pipes? Crazy, right? This is possible because if the boiling water doesn’t get rid of the clog, that means the boiling water is stuck in your pipe. And even though boiling water is usually safe to go down your drain, it’s not safe if it’s stuck in the same spot for a long time. To avoid warped pipes, give us a call instead:
No-no #4: Lots of different foods (we’ll list them all)
We KNOW that 99% of homeowners have put at least one of these things down the drain before, even though they shouldn’t have! Read this list of foods you shouldn’t put down your sink, and cringe at how many of them you’re guilty of:
- Coffee grounds (because they form a giant CLUMP)
- Rice/pasta (because these expand. Yes, even after cooking them)
- Flour (because flour + water = glue)
- Eggshells (they stick to anything, and they don’t break down)
- Raw meat (fat that doesn’t break down)
- “Fibrous” foods (like celery. These foods are hard for YOU to chew and break down, so they’re hard for your sink to “chew” too.)
Call Parker & Sons
Don’t throw money down the drain by making any of these mistakes! We can guarantee that you’re much less likely to have a clog if you follow our rules. But they still do happen! Parker & Sons is here to help unclog your drain or make any other plumbing repairs you need. If you’re in the Phoenix or Tucson areas, schedule service online or give us a call any time: (602) 273-7247