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know your drains

It can be pretty convenient at times just to shove unwanted items down the drains of our homes or businesses. But, truth be told, they can’t handle much of what we throw at them! Just because it fits doesn’t mean it goes there. Drains have limits to what they can handle and still function as designed.

REGULAR DRAINS FOUND IN SINKS, SHOWERS OR TUBS

The first thing to determine is whether or not it is designed for anything other than liquid. Typically, only a kitchen sink with a garbage disposal will accept anything other than fluids. You’d be surprised how many people shove food or other solid objects into regular drains. For non-garbage disposal type drains, stick strictly to fluids. Coffee is OK! Coffee grounds are not OK! The same goes for any drain in the house. The other exception is the toilet. Flush only toilet paper down the toilet along with any naturally produced human waste. While toilet paper is designed for this type of job, it still can cause problems when used in bulk amounts. Also, remember that most baby wipes are not flushable.

GARBAGE DISPOSALS

It’s tempting to fill your garbage disposal up with anything and everything. Unfortunately, you just can’t do that. It’s not meant to take all substances. Ever put potato peels down the disposal? It’s a real mess! According to a 2016 article on Angie’s List, there are a few types of food to avoid putting in your garbage disposal: Fibrous foods, greasy foods, and egg shells, along with pasta, rice, potatoes, and beans. The fibrous foods can become wrapped around the internal mechanisms and prevent the motor from running. Greasy foods will reduce your disposal’s effectiveness by coating the blades with an unpleasant film. Egg shells will damage the pipes due to their sandy like consistency. Pasta and other starchy foods often expand and swell, clogging the trap and reducing the disposal’s ability to work properly.

WHAT IF I AM UNABLE TO CLEAR A CLOG MYSELF?

Most clogs can be cleared with a few tools and possibly a chemical drain cleaning aid. However, not all clogs are created equal! You will undoubtedly face a clog that you simply can’t clear. That is when it’s time to call a professional drain cleaner. They have the tools, skills and experience to get the water flowing.

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