10 things that do not belong in your drains

At Αποφράξεις Αντωνίου- , we often get calls from homeowners because they have an issue with their toilet, a clogged drain, and while sometimes when this happens for reasons that are beyond the homeowner’s control, there also are too many times when the call to their drain cleaning company could have been avoided. How is that? Simply by knowing what can and what cannot go down your drain.

Whether it is your toilet, your kitchen sink, or your house’s laundry room basin, the important thing to know here is that your home’s plumbing system is made to handle liquids and very few approved flushable solids and materials like for example toilet paper.

Despite this rule of thumb, drain cleaning crews often see certain types of items dumped down the drain, and to help our clients avoid an emergency plumbing call in the middle of the night, we have decided to assemble a list of those items.

#1 Coffee Grounds

They seem small enough and you think that they should not bother you. Well they should, as they can not get flushed away like any liquid would, but they actually create a paste and swell up, that is why they are one of the most common things to blame for slow-building clogs in kitchen sinks. If they are gathered up at your u-shaped pipes they create an issue in your whole system.

#2 Eggshells

Eggshells that are ground up can cause exactly the same kind of problem. It might seem just as easy to throw them away into the garbage can or to use them to make compost if you have a terrace or a garden.

#3 Oil or Grease

Used oil, butter or grease may seem liquid enough to dump down your drain when it is still hot, but grease does eventually cool down and becomes more of a solid substance inside your pipes. Your best choice is to store this grease into an old jar or can, let it cool and harden, then either recycle it or throw it away in the trash.

#4 Produce Stickers

Even a little bit of adhesive that is found at the backs of those stickers can add to drain clogs. They’re better off in the garbage, like all the other solid items on this list. They eventually turn into a mass of soft paper which then blocks your pipes. Imagine needing a professional service –Αποφράξεις Πειραιάς-for the unclogging of your sink just because of the stickers?

#5 Cotton Balls

Another big problem is when people flush solid items down the toilet, including cotton balls (and dental floss for that matter). They don’t dissolve like toilet paper does, which makes them more prone to cause clogs in your toilet.

#6 Paper Towels

Paper towels and wipes are the same way. They may look a lot like toilet paper, but they’re made to be thicker and more durable, which means they won’t disintegrate in your water like TP does.

#7 Condoms

Rubber and latex are not biodegradable, which means that these have no business being flushed town toilets. Keeping this type of garbage away from the water supply is important, so just throw them in the garbage bin instead.

#8 Feminine Hygiene Products

Flushing feminine hygiene products down your toilet may feel like the fastest and most sanitary way to dispose them, unlike paper, they are not biodegradable. They are like the other items listed above, meaning that they do not dissolve into the water, which makes them an important candidate for causing issues with drains, even though they say they are flushable.

#9 Household Chemicals

The cleaners you are using at your house, car fluids, and even paint are items that we often wash down  our drains, never thinking twice about the caution against all of them. Toxic chemicals that are included in cleaners are never good for the water supply, so instead, you should try stick to all-natural house cleaners or find safer ways to get rid of your household chemicals.

On another note, you should also avoid the products that are supposed to unclog your toilet and drains. Even though they seem efficient in what they are supposed to do, long term they will act as abrasive substances and corrode your pipes. And that’s how you get a leak and need a professional service Αποφράξεις Αργυρούπολη  !

#10 Dirt

You might wonder “how am I supposed to keep dirt out of my sinks”? This is no easy task, we get it, and it gets harder when you do not have a terrace, garden or an outdoor faucet. In other words, it is better not to wash your hands and shoes in your sinks or tubs. The dirt and little pebbles can be stuck to your u-shaped pipes and create a clog.

This gets worse if the pressure of your faucets

Call An Emergency Plumber

Whether you have tried to flush these items down your drain or not, it is possible that you will find yourself in need of a drain cleaning plumber in Athens, and the professionals  at Αποφράξεις Αμπελόκηποι will be happy to help. But please do your best to keep these items away from your drains.

But if an emergency does ever arise, we’ll be here to help return your plumbing functionality back to normal. Call a drain cleaning crew as soon as possible so that you can avoid any further damage to your pipes and system.

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