We rely on our plumbing system for daily tasks, such as cooking, washing dishes, or showering. However, there are a variety of common mistakes homeowners make that can cause serious short- and long-term damage to their plumbing. To avoid clogged drains or sewage backups, here is a list of items you should never put down the drain.
What Items Shouldn’t Go in Your Drains?
1. Grease & Oil
Leftover grease or oil should never be poured down the kitchen drain or into the garbage disposal. These liquids will solidify and build up in the pipes, which causes blockages and prevents the flow of water. Instead, pour them into a container and wait for the grease to solidify before tossing it in the garbage.
Leftover pasta noodles can wreak havoc on your plumbing system. If you toss them down the drain, they will continue to expand when exposed to water, clogging the pipes. Additionally, they are sticky and difficult to remove without the help of a professional.
3. Produce Stickers
If you’re washing fruits or vegetables in the sink, it’s common for the stickers to fall off and end up in the drain. However, you should always remove them from the fruit before turning the faucet on. The adhesive stickers are not water soluble and, over time, they can build up in the sewer line, increasing the risk of blockages and backups.
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