Save Your Drains by Not Putting These Problem Substances Down Them

February 16, 2019

Save Your Drains by Not Putting These Problem Substances Down ThemNo one wants to deal with clogged drains, yet many homeowners don’t realize that they are putting things down the drain that can cause clogs. In some cases, people don’t realize that they can’t put everything down a garbage disposal. In other instances, a homeowner may not have a garbage disposal at all. Some of the items you should not put down drains are commonly flushed down the toilet.

If you do end up with a clog that a plunger can’t fix, then it is time to contact High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185. We can help 24 hours a day. In the meantime, check out this list of things to keep out of your drains when possible.

Do Not Put Coffee Grounds Down Your Sink

This is an extremely common one and it seems not to cause trouble at first – but trust us, it can. In fact, though most people know that grease can clog up drains, in some cases coffee grounds are worse culprits of clogged drains. The better option is to wait for the grounds to dry and then dispose of them in your trash can.

Do Not Put Eggshells Down Your Sink

Most people assume that eggshells are safe to put down their garbage disposal but this is not true. Think of it like this: Eggshells are granular. They can create blockage in pipes and drains, even if you believe that they are being ground into tiny pieces with your garbage disposal. The truth is that they are not ground small enough and they can still clog when they are mixed with other things that go down your garbage disposal. Disposing of eggshells is simple: Throw them in the trash.

Do Not Put Grease, Fats, or Oils Down Any Drain

No matter what drain it is, no matter what the substance is, no matter if it is in liquid form or solid form, grease, fat, and oil should never go down the drain. They can slowly trickle through your plumbing system, drying and getting stuck. When they do, they attract debris and eventually a full blockage is likely. The best way to dispose of these substances is to freeze it, put it in a bag, and throw it in the trash.

Do Not Put Flushable Cat Litter Down the Toilet

We know – it’s right in the name! But the truth is that there is no such thing as flushable cat litter. No matter what the manufacturer says, it can clog up a drain. Not only that, but it actually introduces bacteria from your cat’s feces, which can lead to serious issues for the safety of the ground water.

These are just a few of the things we never recommend putting down the drain, whether the toilet or the sink. If you do experience a blockage from these or other substances, call High Speed Plumbing at 626-890-0185 for help.