It may not seem like you’re causing much damage when dumping a little leftover cooking grease down the drain. Or when sending the flushable cat litter down the toilet. These items may seem harmless but over time, they can clog the drains in your home and ultimately leave you with a big mess. Save yourself the headache and avoid putting these items down the drain:
- Oil, butter, and grease should never be washed down the kitchen sink. Some greases will start to cool as they flow down the drain, picking up debris and contributing to a clog.
- Food waste should either be composted or put into the garbage. Fruit peels, coffee grounds, and eggshells are all known for clogging drains.
- Chemicals such as motor oil, transmission fluids and paints should be disposed of according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Not only do you not want these chemicals in your water system, but many of them have corrosive properties than can damage your plumbing system.
- Although some cat litter is labeled as flushable, all animals products should avoid drains!
- Medicine won’t typically clog your drain, but studies suggest that flushing them can be harmful to our water and aquatic organisms. Look for collection bins to properly dispose of your old prescriptions.
If you’ve put any of these items down the drain, keep an eye on how the drain flows. If you notice the drain isn’t emptying as quickly, you might need to contact us for a service and repair call!