Your drain is designed to allow water to flow freely through it, and it can allow in a few other things without blocking.
However, sometimes we take it too far and force other items down the drain, which can clog it. Some items are obvious, while others seem harmless but are essentially harmful. Read below for five things that should never go down your drain.
- Fibrous materials such as hair, stringy vegetables like celery, or paper towel rolls can tangle up with other things and overflow the pipes!
- Kitchen sponges take ages to break down underwater and can leave an unpleasant odor if not replaced frequently. Plus, they often trap bacteria and fungi that can ruin your pipes.
- Oil and grease don’t break down easily and can cause clogs when embedded into each other.
- Toothbrushes should never go down the drain since they have small pieces of plastic that can get caught in the pipes!
- Rubber gloves are fine, but you should dispose of them soon after because they retain germs and bacteria that cause diseases.
Don’t let a clog ruin your day! Follow these tips to clean up any messy situations in your drains fast:
- Stop what you’re doing to see if the problem is a nasty clog.
- If you can unclog it without any tools, prop up the drain and pour boiling water down it.
- If you can’t get rid of the clog with this method, take a bucket, cover the drain and start pouring boiling water down the drain.
- Use a plunger or heavy tool on the clogged area to break through whatever is blocking your pipes.
- Call your plumber if you think you have a clog and cannot unclog the drain.
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