5 Things You Shouldn't Put Down Your Drain - Parker & Sons - Phoenix
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Dumping household waste down the drain seems so easy and harmless. However, in reality, you could cause severe damage to your home’s drainage and sewer system. Sure, it’s easy to pour that bacon grease down the sink after breakfast, but even the smallest amount can cause substantial damage. In order to prevent issues with your plumbing, here a few items that should never be put down the drains in your home.


Regardless of how hard you try, hair will always make itsway down the drain. A few strands aren’t a big deal, but the more that buildsup, the bigger the clog. Have you ever seen a nasty clump of hair in a showerdrain? Imagine that stuck inside the pipe! So instead of forcing it down thedrain, simply throw it away if you see it starting to accumulate.

Fat, oil and grease

Whenever you finish cooking and eating a meal, it’s likelythat you’ll have a bit of clean-up to do. It may be easiest to just dump theleftovers down the drain but doing so can wreak havoc on your plumbing. Youprobably didn’t realize that these materials harden as they cool down. Thismeans that as they travel down your drain, they can stick to the sides of yourpipes and harden. This causes a chain reaction because anything else yousubsequently put down the drain can get caught up in these materials causing aclog.

Paper products

Unlike toilet paper (which is designed to be flushed), wet wipes, paper towels, cotton balls, swabs, and similar materials aren’t designed to easily disintegrate. When they get wet, they don’t dissolve; they clump up and can cause a blockage.

Coffee grounds

Not even your garbage disposal likes coffee grounds! Theyare a major cause of clogs, and a plumber will tell you to simply throw them inthe trash.

Egg shells, bones andhard food waste

Even though your garbage disposal can handle these types of food waste materials, it’s still likely that they can cause a clog in your system. It’s best to stick with the garbage can when disposing of these materials.

Call A Trusted Phoenix Plumber

If you live in the Phoenix area and find yourself in need of a drain cleaning or have other plumbing needs, the experts at Parker & Sons would be more than happy to help! Give us a call at (602) 273-7247 or schedule an appointment online!

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