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What to Avoid Putting Down Your Drain

Your home's plumbing system is one of the most essential systems in your home. It is used every day that you are home and when it is not operating efficiently, your home is prone to significant risk of flooding and water damage. It is important to keep your plumbing system in good shape to avoid significant problems in your home.

One way to keep your plumbing system working efficiently is by being careful of what you put down the drains in your home. Some items can lead to significant blockage in your drains while others can lead to a high risk of corrosion in your plumbing system. Here are some of the items that you should avoid putting down the drain.

Chemicals and Drain Declogging Liquids

Lots of different companies sell chemical solutions that you pour down your drains in order to make sure that they don't remain clogged. The sellers of these substance promise that these chemicals will help to remove even persistent clogs in your drains and keep your system running efficiently.

While these chemical solutions will help to remove clogs, you should avoid using them to whatever extent possible due to the risk that you are posing to your plumbing system. When you pour these chemicals down the drain, you risk the pipes becoming corroded and damaged which can lead to more significant repair work in the future.

Fats and Oils

When you cook, there may be some excess fat and oil in your pan. You may be tempted to simply pour these items down the drain but avoid doing so. They can harden and clog your drain and lead to the need to use a drain auger to clear them out. In other words, what is currently a liquid may not always be one.

Food Leftovers

Be sure to avoid putting pieces of food down your drain as they can accumulate in your pipes becoming lodged and clogged. Clean off plates when you finish eating before washing your dishes and avoid these items accumulating in your drain.

It is important to keep your drains and plumbing system operating effectively. Help to do so by avoiding putting the aforementioned items down your home's drains. If you run into a plumbing problem, Mr. Rooter of San Francisco is here to help you when you need it most.

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