Your drains are not equipped to handle anything and everything that can fit into them. Your drains are only meant to handle waste that is biodegradable and that can dissolve easily. It isn't meant to handle food waste items that can't break down, or that can cause a clog in your system. If you are putting the wrong items in your drains, you could be setting yourself up for a poorly working drain system or one that has stopped working altogether. To keep your drains working efficiently, you need to be sure you are putting the right things into your drains. Read on for things you shouldn't be putting in your drains.
1. Thick Toilet Paper
Toilet paper can usually dissolve in your drain system, but some thicker toilet papers don't break down fast enough and can clog or slow down your system. If you're using two-ply toilet paper, you may need to switch to one-ply toilet paper or use RV toilet paper, which dissolves very quickly. If you notice your system is beginning to slow down, try switching to a different toilet paper to see if this helps things. Using less toilet paper can also be helpful. If you need the thicker toilet paper because you like it better, try using less of it.
2. Flushable Wipes, Feminine Products, Or Diapers
Diapers should never be flushed down your toilet, as they aren't biodegradable and can get stuck in your toilet drain. Items that say they are flushable may not be flushable at all. Things such as flushable wipes or feminine products should never be flushed down your toilet. Your system may not be able to handle these items. It's best to throw these into the trash instead of flushing them.
3. Grease, Oils, Paint, Or Food
Grease, oil, and food should never be washed down the drain. Not even flushed down your toilet. These items can all clog your drains in your home. Paint, grease, and oils can all harden in your drain, which is going to cause your system to slow or clog altogether. You need to dispose of these things properly, but down your drains is not the way to do so. Clean paint from your paintbrush using mineral oil. Save grease or oils to reuse and cook with later. Throw away food scraps in the trash rather than sending them down the drain.
The drains in your home are not meant to handle anything and everything you put into them. There's only so much they can take, but water and waste are all they can usually handle. Anything else should be disposed of properly. Call a plumber for help if you have a problem with slow drains or no draining at all.Share
17 April 2020
Hi everyone, my name is Linda Strickerts. I am going to talk about plumbing pipes problems, repairs and upgrades on this site. Although the pipes hide beneath the floors and behind the walls, they are an integral part of the home. Without plumbing pipes, we would still be heading out to the outhouse to do our business. Washing clothes, dishes and ourselves would also not be possible without carrying buckets of water in and out of the home. I hope to explore the different ways plumbing pipes changed our lives for the better. I will talk about keeping the pipes in great shape as well. Thanks.