Avoid Clogged Drains: What Not
to Pour Down Your Drain
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It’s the little things you send down the
drain that end up becoming the worst
problems in the future.
People tend to ignore the limits of their
plumbing systems because they aren’t
visible. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
While it’s convenient to flush everything
eventually leads to failure. All this does is
inconvenience everyone involved and lead to
potential health problems. Getting sick and
suffering from poor water quality because
you let your hair run in the shower for too
long is the last thing anyone wants.
It doesn’t take much for a clogged drain to
escalate. Whether it’s slow drainage, leaks,
flooding, or sewage problems, all it takes is a
single mishandled strand of hair to get the ball
rolling. Prevention comes from being aware of
the causes of clogged drains.
Here’s a handy list of everything you should
never pour down your drain:
Hair is a leading cause of blockages. Strands
quickly form clumps when combined with
sticky substances. While you can’t control
hair loss, you can prevent it from going
down the drain by using a simple drain
screen or tweezers after every bath.
Soap scum forms when a bar is exposed to
hard, mineral-rich water for a prolonged
period. When it builds up, it becomes difficult
to remove, creating clogs and bacteria
It’s because of this that liquid soaps are
notably gentler on the plumbing system. Bars
tend to leave a thin film, which can also stop
the flow of water.
3. Food, Oil, Grease, and Fat
Can you pour oil down the drain? What about
grease; can you put grease down the drain?
After all, isn’t it what the garbage disposal is
meant to do? No. It’s far more beneficial to
throw these undesirables into the trash can
instead. Oil, grease, and fat buildup can
potentially block water flow.
“But, they’re liquid, so shouldn’t it be fine if I
dump it with hot water?”
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