What Are Common Items That You Should Never Put Down The Drain?

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Have you ever noticed the hollow gurgle sound while doing dishes? This could signal a clogged drain. A properly working sink and drain is not to be taken for granted. In order to maintain a clean and healthy kitchen, be aware of items that you put down the drain. Clogged sinks are common. However, keeping track on certain items that you put down the drain, can help you minimize the clogging of your sink. Here we’ll discuss about certain items that you should never put down the drain.

  • Oil & Grease: Sometimes people put grease & oil down their sinks without knowing the damage it can cause to sink. Grease and oil can congeal and can create water resistant blockage that will require some serious plumbing action to get rid of it. Don’t directly throw away grease and oil (including salad dressing & other toppings) down the sink instead place such materials in disposable cans or jars and dispose of somewhere else.
  • Coffee Grounds: A good cup of coffee is a daily regime for many people. So, what do you with the coffee grounds after you have brewed?  If your coffee brewing machine is near the sink, you might be tempted to wash away those grounds down the drain. We recommend that you resist this temptation to put them down the sink and make it a habit to dispose of those grounds in the trash or compost. Coffee grounds are not fully soluble in water and if these come in close contact with a developing grease clog it can cause a serious plumbing issue that will require a professional plumber.
  • Flour: Flour is an everyday food staple and is used in making bread, pizza dough, sauces, and much more food items. To keep your sink clog free, do not pour flour down the drain. If you pour flour down the drain, it will come in contact with water and you will risk the flour mixture gumming up your pipes and creating a clog. It is advisable to throw away any leftover flour into trash can.
  • Rice & Pasta: Both pasta and rice are favorite food items for kids as well as adults. Both of these food items are fairly small in size in their dry state however once you combine them with water, they grow substantially. If you throw pasta and rice down the drain, they’ll combine with water and potentially create a stubborn clog. These starches do not belong in your kitchen drain. Throw away your leftover pasta and rice in the trash to try to avoid having to call a Dallas Plumber.

These are some everyday use kitchen items that most of us are unaware are harmful to pour down the drain.  When these items inadvertently end up in your sink, you risk having to call professional help. By paying attention to safe disposal of kitchen waste, you can prevent the clogging of sink and drains.

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