A household drain can seem like a pretty efficient way to get rid of unwanted waste. We’ve all at least once been tempted to pour out that dirty mop water straight into the drain or dump used cooking oil down the sink haven’t we? Well, we need to think about what happens to this waste once it leaves our sight. Some basic understanding of how chemicals react could go a long way with helping you visualize the possibilities but just a thought of what we are putting out into the environment would do. The truth is, even though water is treated, what you put into your drainage pipes could one day end up back in natural waterways and even worse, in your own faucet. To avoid clogged sinks, clogged drains and unnecessary drain cleaning services, we should always be careful of what we let go down our drains.
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Pouring Grease, fats, and oils down the drain
It can be tempting to pour all the grease and oils straight from your frying pan into your dishwasher or sink right? These greases and fats cause all kinds of problems on your drainage systems. Oil does not mix with water, therefore, it just floats on top of it and can easily cause a clogged bathtub or even a clogged drain when it accumulates. After a while, it solidifies causing a hardened solid blockage. Pouring these oils when hot is even worse because they can burn the inside of your drainage pipes making you not only pay for drainage cleaning services but replacement as well. You can prevent this by finding other ways to dispose of this oil such as composting.
Putting Paper towels, baby wipes, cotton balls, scrub pads down drains
Just because toilet paper easily goes down the drain doesn’t mean that all its affiliates will. Tissue paper is made to disintegrate in a sewer or septic tank. Other products that are usually made to stand up to harsh conditions will not do the same. These are very likely to bring about clogged drains that increase the chance of overflows and sewer backups. Even though a product may be biodegradable as written on the pack does not mean that it should be in a drain. You should instead use this type of waste as compost or switch to other reusable options.
Flour, bones, egg shells, coffee grounds, rice and pasta
These are ingredients used to make many of our common meals in the house. It is not uncommon for people to pour these down the kitchen sink after a meal before washing dishes. Plates with leftover food should be cleaned out in the bin first before going into the dishwasher or kitchen sink. These foods are known to expand when they come into contact with water, forming some kind of paste that will clog your sink and/or drain.
The above practices are not only necessary when taking care of our environment and our premises but also save money in the long run. By watching what you put down your sink and drain, you will not have to pay hefty bills for unnecessary drain cleaning services.