4 Things To Refrain From Putting Down Your Drain

by Claude Walters

When you're cooking or cleaning up the kitchen, it can be tempting to use your drain as a garbage can. This is especially true of liquids and certain foods that are all-too easy to just pour down the drain. Your pipes are out of sight out of mind, but if you continue putting things down your drain, your pipes will eventually clog up and you might suffer negative consequences as a result.

To keep things flowing smoothly, here are four things to refrain from putting down your drain.

1. Greasy Foods Like Cooking Oil and Butter

Grease can wreak havoc on your pipes, which is why as tempting as it is, it's best to avoid putting greasy foods like cooking oil and butter down the drain. Grease can actually stick to the inside of your sewer pipes and will eventually build up and clog the entire pipe. Other greasy and fatty foods you should refrain from putting down your drain include:

  • Meat fats
  • Lard
  • Shortening
  • Sauces
  • Dairy products

To keep your pipes from getting clogged, you shouldn't dump greasy foods down the toilet or your garbage disposal, either.

2. Coffee Grounds

Coffee grounds are so tiny that you wouldn't think they would cause harm to your pipes. However, this couldn't be further from the truth. Along with grease, coffee grounds are notorious for clogging the pipes. Eventually the coffee grounds will begin to form an impenetrable sludge that gets stuck in the pipes.

3. Produce Stickers

You know those little stickers that come on some fruits so that the store clerk knows which number to key in to the register? While washing your apples, it can be tempting to simply let the sticker slide down the drain, however it does have the potential to cause some problems. If enough stickers get washed down the drain, they'll eventually create a sticky situation in your pipes.

4. Paint

Because paint is a liquid, it seems as though it might be okay to pour it down the drain. However you should refrain from pouring paints, thinners, and other oil-based products down the drain. While these things won't necessarily clog your pipes, they have the potential to cause premature corrosion. Latex paint should be mixed with kitty litter and then thrown in the garbage, while oil-based paints should be taken to the recycling center.

If you do notice your pipes are clogged, a camera sewer line inspection, such as from Rapid Rooter Inc, can help you to know what's causing the problem and what can be done to solve it.