Maybe you cooked dinner and just tossed the leftovers down the sink, and let the drain do its magic. Or even you were tempted to empty the kitty litter and flush it down the toilet. Well, that might seem like it saves much of your time and energy, but in the long run, it will end up ruining your wallet in the total cost you will incur.
However, you shouldn’t feel guilty about it because everyone has done it in the past. However, to avoid the substantial costs in the future, you need to understand what you shouldn’t just go flushing it down your drain.
Here are some of the things to altogether avoid going down your drain lest it gets clogged or blocked.
1. Flushable Kitty Litter
Well, you might be wondering why the ‘flushable’ is in the word, and yes, you shouldn’t flush that kitty litter down your drain. While the word suggests that it is flushable, that should not be the case. The cats’ waste should be disposed of properly because if it enters the drain, there is a high likelihood that it will block the drain.
Besides, the cat litter has been known even to block some huge septic tanks; hence, a lot of money used on maintenance.
2. Coffee Grounds
When done with the coffee grounds, you assume they are small enough and will pass the sink. Right? Wrong. In as much as they may seem small, the coffee grounds cause blockages, and most plumbers say that coffee grounds are a leading cause of drain blockages.
It easy to overlook the eggshells and term them as harmless. However, what happens, the eggshells are ground to small pieces and are trapped by grease and oil, causing a thick messy clog on the drains.
The best thing is to ensure that you dispose of the eggshells in a trashcan rather than the sink.
4. Grease, Fats and Oils
These three substances, when combined, are but the best recipe to clog your drain. They act as binders and stick together any debris that flows in the drain, creating thick, sticky globs that prevent anything from flowing the drains. So if you have either of this, such as bacon grease or meat fat, it is better than you place them in a can and let them cool and solidify and throw them away.
5. Produce Stickers
How many have you just flashed them down your sink? That hit differently. Seemingly harmless as they are, they are a menace to your drain since their adhesive nature causes them to stick on your pipes. Little by little, they will eventually collect other debris and clog your pipe.
6. Cotton Balls and Towels
Just because the cotton balls and paper towels are biodegradable doesn’t necessarily mean that they dissolve quickly. These materials are made in a manner that they are suitable absorbents, hence the right culprit for clogging your pipes. What we suggest is that, instead, if using the paper towels in a kitchen that has several people using it, you should get a hand towel that can lead to less paper waste.
At New Canadian Drain and Plumbing, we understand that even with the best intentions, that everyone experiences a clogged drain. And when it gets this serious, feel free to contact us, and we will be more than willing to assist in unclogging your drain.