Dumping household waste down the drain seems so easy, but do you know how much damage it can cause to your drain and sewer system? It’s convenient to pour that bacon grease down the sink after you cook breakfast, but even the smallest amount can cause major plumbing issues. Improper disposal of waste in your toilet or sink can result in clogs, backed up drains, or other plumbing malfunctions. Plumbing systems have their limits, and even though these boundaries are often pushed on a daily basis, they aren’t indestructible. In order to prevent issues with your plumbing, here are a few items that should never be put down your drains.
This one may be obvious to some, but you’d be surprised how many clogs in Tampa Bay are caused by diapers. The same goes for feminine hygiene products. Once they get stuck, a professional will likely have to be called. A plunger won’t be able to dislodge these items, and removal can be costly and destructive. It’s possible that the clog happens outside of your house, and that a professional may have to tear up your lawn to reach it plumbing block.
Hair and Dental Floss
Hair will always make it’s way down the drain – no matter how hard you try to keep it out! A few strands is no big deal, but the more hair 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, it’s likely that you’ll have some sort of mess to clean up. It may be easy to just dump the leftovers down the drain, but doing so can destroy your plumbing. Fat & grease harden as they cool. As they travel down your drain, they stick to the sides of your pipes. They also catch other materials on their way down, resulting in major clogs. When they are introduced to public sewer systems, they mix with other particles. This not only damages public infrastructure, but it can affect the quality of drinking water.
Toilet paper is designed to dissolve in water and small amounts can be flushed. Paper towels, cotton balls, swabs, and similar materials are NOT designed to dissolve like toilet paper. Once they get wet, they can accumulate and result in a plumbing blockage.
Not even your garbage disposal can handle coffee grounds! Coffee grounds are a major cause of clogs in Tampa Bay, and any plumber will tell you to simply throw them away in the trash, not down the drain.
Egg Shells, Bones, and Hard Food Waste
Even though your garbage disposal can shred these food waste materials with ease, it’s still likely that they can cause a clog in your plumbing system. It’s best to throw these materials in the trash or in a compost pile.
Cass Plumbing Can Help Stubborn Plumbing Clogs
- Video Pipe Inspection: We use state of the art drain-imaging tools to get a real-time look at the inside of your drains. This allows us to see exactly what is causing the clog and provide you with an accurate quote.
- Drain Snake Services: A drain snake is a powerful way to clear even the toughest of clogs and roots mucking up your pipes. Using chemicals, rented drain snakes and other methods can severely damage your drains, leading to an even bigger issue. We will use a drain snake to grab onto the mass of the clog and pull it out through the opening of your drain.
If you find yourself in need of drain cleaning, call the licensed professionals at Cass Plumbing today!