When you send something down your drain, it immediately goes into your pipes and plumbing system. While some items travel through the pipes and into the sewer line, other items are not able to do this. They are not designed to travel through your plumbing system and can get stuck, causing clogs or even damaging your pipes. As such, it is important to know what items you should never place down your drain to minimize problems with your plumbing system. Here are three items you should never place down your drains and the reasons why.
As you scoop out your cat box, it can be tempting to flush everything down the toilet. However, before you flush any cat litter down the drain, you should know that it can cause problems. Cat litter is designed to absorb liquids and moisture. When the cat litter is sent down the drain, it can absorb water, which can weigh it down. This causes it to sit in your pipes, rather than traveling through them. Ultimately, this leads to clogs forming or can even weigh down your pipes to such a point that they crack or break. Because of this, you should avoid flushing cat litter down your drain, even flushable cat litter options.
Grease and Oils
Before you pour grease and oils down your drain, it is important to keep this statistic in mind: almost half of all sewer backups in the United States are caused by grease and oils in the drain. As grease and oils cool, they begin to harden and solidify. In many cases, this occurs before the grease or oil completely makes its way through your plumbing system. Ultimately, the grease and oil harden in your pipes, narrowing the pipe opening and causing clogs to develop. This causes backups in your drains.
After enjoying your morning cup of coffee, it can be tempting to throw the coffee grounds down your drain. It can be even more tempting because coffee grounds can neutralize nasty smells in your garbage disposal. Unfortunately, though, coffee grounds clump together when they are moist, and they are designed to allow water to pass through them. This means that water may not push coffee grounds through your pipes. When you repeatedly send your grounds down the drain, it can cause clogs and your drains to back up.
The items you place down your drain can directly impact your plumbing system. For more tips on plumbing, check out our other blogs! If you are currently encountering problems with your plumbing system, let Buckeye Heating & Cooling help you. Contact us now to get started.