Things to Avoid Dumping Down Your Drain

Items to Avoid Putting Down YOur Drain There are certain things that should go down the drain in your house and other things that should not. For instance, water from the kitchen sink or showerhead is meant to go down the drain. Coffee grounds, grease from the bacon you cooked on the stove, and eggshells are three things, for example, that belong in the trash can rather than being sent down the drain.

Basically, you don’t want to send stuff down the drain that could clog or damage your pipes. Things like egg shells, for instance, can create granular waste. When this meets up with grease, fats and oils, your pipes are not going to be happy. Blockages in the pipes can lead to blockages in the sewer. Indeed, sewer overflows happen often in the United States, and that’s not a good thing.

Grease comes from the melted fat of meat, so if you prepare bacon, sausage, or poultry, it’s best to take the leftover grease from there, put it in a covered can, and dispose of it in your trash can.

Fats are in substances like shortening, lard and uncooked poultry skin. Dairy products like ice cream, milk, and cheese have them, too.

Oils can be found in salad dressings, mayonnaise, olive oil and cooking oil.

Food items and substances with grease, fats and/or oils are best disposed of in a trash can rather than down the drain.

Other items that could cause havoc in the pipes include the little stickers found on produce like bananas, as well as things like medications, cat litter, condoms, and paper towels.

Though products may say they’re “flushable,” like flushable wipes, for example, that doesn’t mean they can’t cause problems in the pipes. When flushable wipes twist and turn in the pipes, catching other materials, they can form a knot that blocks the system. You also shouldn’t put cotton balls down the drain.

Be mindful of what you’re putting down your drains to avoid having to call Freedom Septic Service to make repairs. Should you have problems, though, you’re welcome to call Freedom Septic Service at 410-795-2947.

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