Don’t Put These Common Items Down Your Drains

Oct 31, 2018

Placing household waste down the drain seems so easy, but you probably never think of how much damage it can cause to your drain and sewer system.  How many times have you poured that bacon grease in the sink after cooking breakfast? Even a small amount can cause major issues.’

Improper disposal of waste in your toilet or sink can result in clogs, backed up drains or other malfunctions. Your plumbing has its limits. In order to prevent issues, here are a few items that should never be put down your drains. Hopefully they all seem incredible to you, but yes, these sometimes do get flushed!

Nappies

This one may be obvious to some, but nappies cause many clogs. The same goes for feminine hygiene products. Once they get stuck, you’ll likely have to call a professional to remove them. A plunger won’t be able to dislodge them and removal can be costly and destructive. It’s possible that the clog can occur in the sewer just outside your home on your property and a professional may have to tear up your lawn to reach it.

Hair and Dental Floss

No matter how hard you try to keep it out, hair will always make its way down the drain. A few strands are not a big deal, but the more that builds up, the bigger the clog. Dental floss acts in a similar way. Both can stick to your pipes on their way down.

Fat, Oil and Grease

Whenever you finish cooking a meal, you’ll likely have something to clean up. It’s easy to dump the leftovers down the drain, but doing so can wreak havoc on your plumbing. These materials harden and congeal as they cool. As they travel down the drain, they stick to the sides of the pipes and harden. They also catch other materials on their way down, resulting in major clogs. When they enter public sewer systems, they mix with other particles that can damage the public infrastructure.

Paper Products

Toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water, but other paper products such as paper towels, cotton balls, swabs and the like aren’t designed this way. Once they get wet, they can accumulate and result in a blockage.

Egg Shells, Bones and Hard Food Waste

Even though your food disposal can shred these items with ease, they can still cause clogs. It’s best to throw these materials in the bin or compost pile.

If you do experience clogged drains in your Brisbane home, call Intagas to remedy the situation.

Contact Mick on 0435 579 094 or send a quick email.

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