Dumping household waste down the drain is the easiest way to get rid of a lot of gross things. It is also a way you can damage your drain pipes. And it is never fun when you have a backed up sink or have to call American Drain Co. for drain service in your Los Angeles home.
Sure, the easiest thing to do is pour that bacon grease down the drain after breakfast, but even the smallest amounts can cause issues. Improper disposal of paper and other waste in your toilet can lead to clogs and backed up drains or other problems.
Here is a list of items that should not be put down your toilet or drain.
The best way to avoid a clogged toilet is by only putting products designed to be flushed down the toilet. For example, toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water and there are wipes you can buy that are flushable as well as a few other paper products.
But there is a long list of products that cannot be flushed down the toilet. This includes paper towels, cotton balls and cotton swabs. These items won’t dissolve in water and will expand when wet and cause you all sorts of grief.
Not even the toughest of garbage disposals can handle coffee grounds. Coffee grounds are a major cause of drain clogs and can cause damage to your garbage disposal. It is best if you just throw out the coffee grounds instead.
Cooking oils are also a major contributor to clogs as they tend to mix in well with other debris to create a nasty sludge that will wreak havoc in your drains. Keep in mind that salad dressings and mayonnaise also contain oil and therefore should not be put down the drain.
BUTTER AND MARGARINE
Butter and margarine can congeal and build up in your pipes over time and create a water-resistant barrier that will cause you problems.
Eggshells are really hard on garbage disposal blades and the membrane tends to wrap up around the grinding apparatus. The tiny eggshell fragments are perfect fodder for blockages. It is best if you just toss your eggshells in the trash.
Rice goes down the drain well enough, but then it absorbs water and swells up to cause blockage and other problems.
Like rice, noodles continue to expand long after they have been stuffed down the drain. And the sticky semolina flour gums things up quite well.
We know how difficult it can be to peel the stickers off your fruit and vegetables, but it is better than having them go down the drain. Take the time and make the effort to remove stickers from fruit and vegetables before sticking them under the faucet.
While your meds pose no real danger to your drains or pipes, the addition of pharmaceuticals in the water isn’t good for animals or humans. There are programs you can utilize should you desire to get rid of old medications.
If you do suffer a clogged drain, give American Drain Co. a call.