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What NOT to Pour Down the Drain

It is not uncommon for people to look at their drains and garbage disposals as bottomless black holes in which they can dump anything and everything. Modern plumbing is pretty amazing and has to be pushed pretty far before it starts showing problems, but it isn’t infallible. You should always be careful with what you are tossing down the drain. In today’s blog, we will look at a few items you should absolutely avoid.

Corrosive Cleaning Products

Check the labels of any cleaning products before you dump them down the drain. If they say they are corrosive, toxic, or flammable, figure out another way to dispose of them. Most of these chemicals wont wreck your pipes right away, but they could cause problems down the line. Additionally, toxic chemicals that you pour down the drain could end up mixing with each other creating noxious or even deadly fumes. When in doubt, don’t dump!

Oil and Cooking Grease

Clogged drains and backed up drains are the worst. You want to avoid them at all costs. One way to do this, is by avoiding dumping oil and cooking grease own the drain. As these liquids cool they become more viscous which can quickly lead to a clogged drain. Grease can also cause problems in the sewer system. We recommend draining grease and oil into a glass container and disposing of it in the garbage.

Additional Concerns

The worries don’t stop there. You should also avoid tossing coarse materials like coffee grounds down the kitchen sink. They are notorious for causing clogs. Egg shells are another thing to look out for. Some people will tell you it’s a good idea to put a lemon rind in the garbage disposal, but these too can lead to clogs. When in doubt, toss it in the garbage.

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