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What NOT To Put Down Your Drains

cleaning-drain-illustrationWe all need a little guidance now and then. But when it comes to guides, thinking about what does and doesn’t go down your drainpipe isn’t usually what you are on the hunt for. It is likely different guides like how to make a certain recipe or a how-to for a DIY home project. However, knowing what not to put down a drain can save you a lot of time and trouble down the road.

We are all about making our clients’ lives simple and easy. That is why we’ve created this guide so you can do everything possible to keep your drains clear and minimize your encounters with clogs. Read on to learn what not to put down your drain to prevent clogs…and then what to do if clogs do form.

Items Not to Put Down Your Drains

It is a good idea to keep these items out of your drain pipes. Doing so will help save you time and trouble spent trying to battle clogs throughout your home.

  1. F.O.G. This is a term that stands for Fats, Oils, and Grease. F.O.G. is going to be something that starts out as a liquid and ends up becoming solid and it cools. This is a key clog-causer because it will line your drains and capture other items that will block drainage. Instead, make sure to pour liquid fats, oils, or grease into a container for later re-use or disposal.
  2. Eggshells and coffee grounds. Eggshells and coffee grounds may seem harmless. However, these are sticky items. Especially when encountering fats, oils, or grease, eggshells and coffee grounds will stick around and lead to the formation of a clog. Dispose of these items in the trash or the compost bin.
  3. Bones and hard rinds. Anything that you can’t chew with your teeth should go in the trash rather than down your garbage disposal or drainpipe. These items will stay behind and start to clog the drain, not to mention destroy your garbage disposal.
  4. Trash. Absolutely do not put trash down your sink drain, toilet, drain, or any other drain. Plastics, papers, and other trash items go in the trash bin. Putting them down your drain will cause a clog and will create problems in your sewer line too.

Handling Drain Clogs

While keeping the above items out of your drains can help prevent clogs in a majority of cases, it won’t prevent all clogs entirely. If you notice slow drainage in any drain in your home, or you have a completely clogged drain, leave the chemical solutions at the store. Instead, come to us for drain cleaning in Ontario.

Drain cleaning service uses effective tools like a hydro jet to blast away built-up debris. What’s more, it can clear away all the debris, not just some of it. This helps to deal with the immediate problem of drainage and will also help to prevent another clog from forming anytime soon.

When you need help with your drains, contact Sweetwater Plumbing for your plumbing needs. We don’t charge by the hour, We charge by the job! 

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