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Don’t Let These Items Make Their Way Into Your Drains

It’s easy to think of our drains as waste-removers, and certainly, many of us treat them as such. However, your drains were not designed for unwanted leftovers, chemical-based products, and other non-water materials. Therefore, if you wish to protect your plumbing, you’ll take our advice.

There are plenty of items that should not, in any case, find their way into your plumbing system. So below, we have created a list of these plumbing no-no’s so you can keep your plumbing system clean and clear! All you have to do is keep reading to find out more!

Don’t Put These Down Your Drain

Be sure not to let any of the following make their way into your plumbing system:

Fats, Oils, And Grease

After cooking a meal, what do you do with all that leftover fat, oil, or grease? Well for one, you certainly do not put it down your drain. These substances, though liquid, solidify as they cool. This means that they’ll end up trapped in your drain pipes as a sludge-like material, trapping other items as they pass by.

Instead of throwing fats, oils, and grease down your drains, let them first cool and then put them directly in the garbage.

Pasta and Rice

Pasta and rice are a surprisingly common reason for drain and sewer clogs. Pasta and rice are both expandable foods, meaning that when they come into contact with water, they can expand inside your pipes. This often leads to unforeseen clogs and blockages. Therefore, it is better to keep these items out of your pipes and put them in the trashcan instead.

“Flushable” Wipes

Though they’re advertised as flushable, these wipes are not at all good for your plumbing. Flushing these wipes down the toilet can lead to clogs and blockages, as they do not disintegrate as easily as toilet paper. Therefore, it is better to stick to regular, old TP.

And if comfort is a priority, don’t worry! There are plenty of extra-ply toilet papers.

Kitty Litter

Yes, your toilet is fully equipped to handle your waste, but we’re quite sure Thomas Crapper didn’t design the toilet with kitty waste in mind. The problem is that your cat’s waste is encased in litter, which is definitely not something you want in your drain pipes. Cat litter, especially the clumping varieties, contains clay and sand that bind to moisture, making clogs almost inevitable.

Chemical Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners are on supermarket shelves everywhere, but that does not mean that you should purchase them when you’ve got a plumbing problem. The chemicals in these products are highly corrosive and can actually end up eating away at your pipes!

Instead of reaching for these temporary and often ineffective solutions, contact a professional plumber in Lake Havasu City, AZ instead. A professional can safely and correctly clean out your drain pipes.

To schedule your plumbing services, contact the pros at Air Control Home Services today.

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