4 Items to Keep Out of Your Drains
Clogged drains can cause a variety of problems. They can inconvenience you when sinks and tubs take a long time to drain. They can cause embarrassment if you have guests at your home. They can also cause more serious problems if a tub overflows with dirty water, damaging floors and rugs and creating an unsanitary mess. This often requires professional plumbing services to fix.
One way to avoid all of these problems is to keep your drains in good working order. The key to this is to understand what should not go into your drains. Here are four items that cause clogs.
Item 1: Hair
Hair can accumulate in your plumbing and tangle up with other substances to create a serious clog. The most common place for a hair-clogged drain is the tub or shower. Make sure you have a hair-catcher. They’re available in stores in a variety of styles.
You may be tempted to give your hair a trim over your bathroom sink in front of your bathroom mirror (where you have the best view and lighting) but that hair can clog your drain. Use something to catch the hair, or just position yourself carefully. Remove any hairs that fall into the sink.
Item 2: Fibrous foods
Some foods can be disposed of in your kitchen sink drain, but some will cause trouble. One culprit is fibrous foods (often vegetables) that don’t dissolve. These also might not break up sufficiently in your disposal. Avoid problems by disposing of fibrous foods in the trashcan or compost.
Item 3: FOG
FOG stands for fat, oil and grease. It’s usually the remnants from cooking bacon or other meats, but can include oils from other foods like french fries or stir fried vegetables. This stuff is notoriously prone to clogging drains, so put it in the trash.
Item 4: Bones and Pits
This may seem like a no-brainer but accidents happen, and kids often don’t know better. Hard items can do major damage to your pipes, so put them in the trash. And make sure your kids know what can and cannot go in your drains.
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