The drains of your sinks, tubs, and showers cannot take on just anything. While most people know this, many still let things go down the drain that they shouldn’t. This can be especially the case for kitchen sink drains that are equipped with a garbage disposal. However, you should refrain from acting in such a manner.
When you put items down the drain, you increase the risk for a drain clog that can damage your property and even the environment. There are certain items in particular that you should avoid dumping down a drain, because they can be especially problematic.
Continue reading to learn more about what things should not go down the drain and why.
When you dump cooking oils in the kitchen sink, they can cling onto the drainpipe. As time passes and more oils accumulate, this can then create a drain clog. You should avoid pouring cooking oils down the sink to prevent this.
Other fats and grease should not be dumped into your kitchen sink either because they can create blockages in the drain once they solidify. In addition to that, the fat can create a rancid smell, so you may end up with a clogged sink and an unpleasant odor.
Instead of dumping these materials down the sink, consider storing them in disposable containers to be disposed of later or to be used for future cooking. For example, after frying up bacon, you can store the remaining grease in a container and freeze it for future use. The grease will be good for around a month and can be used to cook and flavor dishes.
Starchy foods like pasta can swell up after being dumped down the drain, making it easy for them to clog the pipes. They can also become stuck between the blades of your sink’s garbage disposal. This can create even more blockages for your sink drain.
Knowing this, avoid letting pasta get dumped down your kitchen sink. If your drain does become clogged by pasta, pour boiling water down it to help dislodge the food. You can also try dissolving the pasta remnants by pouring a baking soda and vinegar mixture down the drain.
Similarly, uncooked rice should not go down the drain because the grains can swell up when exposed to moisture. This can cause the uncooked rice to bunch together and create a drain clog.
Not only can coffee grounds lead to a clogged sink, but they can also cause septic system problems. So if you are a coffee drinker, throw your coffee grounds into the trash instead of giving in to the temptation of dumping them down the sink.
Wet eggshells can be sticky, so they might become attached to the pipes and garbage disposal blades if you put them down the drain. Once the shells harden, they will be difficult to remove and may create a blockage. That said, place eggshells in the garbage right away, or add them to a compost pile.
When flour becomes wet, it turns into a sticky paste. Similar to wet eggshells, hardened wet flour can clog the drain.
Refrain from dumping unused and/or expired medications down the drain because the chemicals in them can be damaging to the environment. The chemicals can even make their way into drinking water if the public water treatment system is not suited for medication filtration. Either take the medications to a site for professional disposal or throw them out yourself.
If you throw out the medications yourself, you should first make them unusable. Pills can be mixed with vinegar and powdery spices, including salt. Put them back in their original bottle, remove your personal information from the bottle, and then place them in a bag or another container to conceal it prior to disposal.
Likewise, the chemicals in paints can be harmful to the environment by contaminating the soil and water. So, in addition to paint drying up and clogging the drain, it can also create an ecological issue. If you have leftover paint, let it dry up and then toss in the trash.
If your property sustains water damage as a result of a drain clog or clogged sink, seek professional water damage restoration help immediately. Water damage only worsens with time and will increase the potential for mold growth. It is imperative for the excess water and moisture to be removed promptly.
ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration can help with your water damage emergency through our water damage restoration and cleanup services in Quincy, IL, and the neighboring areas. Our professional technicians will respond promptly to your call, thoroughly dry the area, clean the property, and restore the damage. With our help, your home or business will be returned to a clean and safe environment.