Tossing things down the drain when you’re in a rush may seem convenient. After all, if it goes down, its mostly like throwing it away… right? Wrong. When you decide to toss the wrong things down your drain, they can get caught in your drains and pipes, potentially causing nasty clogs. At Mahon Plumbing, it is our job to keep your plumbing from working as best as it can. To help keep your pipes in great shape, we’ve put together this list of things you shouldn’t ever put down your drains. Here is the list for your future drain cleaning endeavors.
To make drain cleaning easier on yourself, avoid tossing coffee grounds down your drains. They do not belong in your drains, for any reason at all. You might have heard it was a good idea to toss some grounds down your drains to help mitigate pipe odors, but if you follow that recommendation, you will end up with a clogged drain. Rather than tossing grounds down your disposal, pour them on your plants, compost them, or toss them in the trashcan.
Cooking Grease or Oil
Cooking grease and oil stick to the inside of your pipes, where they then collect smaller particles that make it much harder for drain cleaning. As these particles accumulate, they also stick the inside of your home’s pipes, resulting in a clog. Grease and oil also trap food particles, hair, and anything else they touch. So, avoid dumping anything oily down your pipes and drains. Instead, collect leftover oil and grease in a small, disposable container. Once the container is full, toss the whole thing in the trashcan.
Even if your sanitary product packaging states that the products are flushable or septic safe, this does not mean you should even consider flushing them down the toilet. The cotton used in these types of products can easily snag on anything inside your pipes, getting caught and leading to a massive clogged pipe. Instead of flushing these, dispose of them in your trashcan.
If you have ever substituted paper towels for toilet paper in a pinch, think twice before you go that route again. Paper towels do not dissolve the same way as toilet paper. They break down much, much slower. As a result, they can cause serious clogs in your septic tank or sewer line that might require a sewer repair. While they might be biodegradable, your plumbing system cannot handle a buildup of paper towels in it.
Call Mahon Plumbing Today
If you still have more questions regarding your plumbing, we here at Mahon Plumbing are here to help. We have been serving the wider Baltimore area since 1994, so we have 25 years of experience to back up our fantastic service! Call us at our Baltimore location at 410-766-8566 or our Pasadena location at 410-636-7944. Be sure to keep up with us on social media by following us on Facebook or Twitter.