A clogged drain is a very common plumbing problem, and you can encounter this problem all around your house. Sinks, toilets, and bathtubs can all become clogged if you aren't careful. Here are six things more about this topic that you should never put down any of the drains in your home.
Dumping hot grease down the drain is fast and easy, but it's a bad idea. Grease is only a liquid when it's hot, but when it cools, it solidifies. This solid grease will stay in your drain, and other objects that go down the drain will stick to it, forming a mass. When you're done cooking bacon or another fatty meat, wait for the grease to cool, and then put the solid grease in your kitchen garbage.
Personal hygiene wipes
Personal hygiene wipes are marketed as being flushable, but that doesn't mean that they're good for your pipes. These wipes don't break down in water like regular toilet paper does, so if a wipe gets stuck in a bend in your pipes, it's going to stay there. Toilet paper, on the other hand, breaks down after being submerged in water for only eight seconds, which means that it won't cause serious plumbing problems.
Many people think that pouring coffee grounds down the drain will help to keep their pipes clean, but this is a myth. Coffee grounds don't keep your pipes clean, instead, they can cause horrible clogs. This is because the grounds can get stuck in the bends of the pipes and over time, a clog will be the result. If you need to put the grounds down the drain, at least run water down the drain for a couple of minutes afterwards. Putting the grounds in your garbage (or better yet, your compost bin) is a much better idea.
It's hard to avoid getting hair in your drain after a bath or shower, but it's very bad for your drain! Long hairs mix with soap scum in the drain and form large clogs that can be hard to remove. After you take a shower or bath, take a moment to remove any shed hairs from the drain. Also, consider investing in a shower drain protector. This will keep the hairs from washing down the drain and creating a hard-to-reach clog that needs to be snaked.
Dental floss seems harmless, but it's just as bad for your drains as hair is. It can form knots inside the drain, and even worse, other objects that go down the drain can get stuck to the floss. This creates a tangled mess that will block your drain. Save yourself the aggravation of a clogged sink or toilet by putting your floss in the garbage can.
Cat litter is another thing that you should never put down your drain. Some types of cat litter are marketed as being flushable, but just like with "flushable" wipes, this can cause serious problems. When cat litter comes in contact with water, it absorbs the water and expands. This waterlogged cat litter can easily clog your pipes and cause an expensive plumbing problem. Why is cat litter such a problem? Some types of cat litter can grow to fifteen times their original size!
It's tempting to use the drains throughout your house as a convenient disposal method for various items, but this can cause serious (not to mention expensive) plumbing problems. Putting items in the garbage can takes more time now, but it will save you time, money, and hassle later. If you've already flushed one of these items and now have a clog, call a plumber right away before the problem can get worse.