In a pinch, it’s easy to throw anything and everything down the household drain for quick disposal. However, there are some things you should not put down the train for fear of ruining your pipes or contaminating natural waterways. If you have a septic system, it’s also important to keep an eye on what you throw down your drains.
Here are 4 things you should never wash down the drains in your home.
1 – Grease & Grime
We’ve all heard that you shouldn’t pour grease down the drain, but we’re not just talking about the fat created from sizzling some bacon. All oil-based products can stick to the inside of your pipes and piping along the street. To be safe, avoid pouring cooking oil, butter, mayonnaise, salad dress and fat down the drain. Instead, wait until it’s cool and dispose of it in the trash.
2 – Medication & Cleaning Products
If you flush medication down the drain, it’s possible the chemicals can contaminate your drinking water and the environment. Instead, dispose of unnecessary medication at your local pharmacy or police department in one of their medical waste disposal units.
Cleaning products have the potential to contaminate waterways and the environment as well. Most products contain items that are not removed at water treatment plants and can harm the ecosystem.
3 – Coffee Grounds
When brewing your morning cup of coffee, make sure to not throw the used coffee grounds down the drain because this can lead to pipe buildup! Instead, throw them in the garbage or scatter them around your garden to ward off pests.
4 – Scrap Food from Washing the Dishes
It’s always easy to just wash all the scrap crumbs and food down the drain when you’re washing the dishes. If you do not have a dishwasher or garbage disposal in your sink, food flushed down the drain can cause build up in your pipes over time. You can invest in inexpensive products like drain netting and covers to gather the food when you’re washing the dishes.
Whether you need a new septic tank installed or a grease trap pumped, Freedom Septic Service is ready for the job. We are second to none when it comes to providing septic cleaning and septic pumping. Give us a call at 410-795-2947 to learn more about septic installation and repair services!
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