3 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Drain

You’re in the middle of cooking and need to empty the grease in your frying pan without delaying cook time. What do you do? The simple choice is to pour the grease down the drain, right? It’s something most people have done, but grease can cause havoc inside your plumbing system.

At Mr. Rooter, we want to keep your plumbing system in tip-top shape, which is why we recommend never putting these three things down the drain.

3 Things You Shouldn’t Dump Down the Drain

1. Grease and Oils

If you’ve ever cooked with oil, you know that it can congeal once cooled. Pouring grease and oils down the drain causes the accumulation of congealed waste, which easily (and quickly) leads to clogs. Keep oils and grease out of your plumbing system to avoid needing a repair.

2. Food Waste

From eggshells to coffee grounds, anything not liquid that will need to decompose should not go down the drain. Food waste can lead to drain blockage or, once the food decomposes, buildup on the sides of your pipes. It can also draw bugs to your home. Consider composting food waste if you can or simply throwing it in the garbage.

3. Feminine and Beauty Products

We don’t often think of the toilet as a drain, but it is. Items like cotton balls, paper towels, and feminine products should never be flushed down the drain. Not only are these items bulky and capable of clogging your pipes, but they are also not quickly dissolved and may cause issues in your sewer line. When flushing items down the toilet that don’t belong there, you’re headed for an emergency call to a plumber.

Schedule a Plumbing Inspection Today

Whether you’ve been guilty of dumping these items down your drain (we all have) or are new to the property, a thorough plumbing inspection will quickly identify any concerns before the problem requires an extensive repair. Contact your San Diego Mr. Rooter team today to schedule an inspection.

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