We’ve all done it before — dumped something down the drain because it was the easiest way to dispose of it. Or flushed something you were unsure of, but figured it would be ok.

The good news is that we’re here to provide drain cleaning services, but it’s best if you can avoid clogging your drain in the first place! In today’s blog, we’ll give you a list of a few things you should never put down your drain. If you — or your kids — do, though, contact Webb’s Select-A-Service in Altonah and we’ll use our professional tools to unclog your drain!

1. Oils and Fats

We covered this pretty thoroughly in our blog post Why You Should Never Pour Grease Down the Drain, but it’s always worth repeating. The most common cause of clogged pipes is oils and fats, which stick to the walls of the pipes and build up. It’s very difficult to remove, and you should call Webb’s Select-A-Service for professional drain cleaning if it happens to you.

2. Coffee Grounds

It’s easy to clean out your French Press buy just dumping it down the drain, and many plumbers will tell you that they won’t clog your drain. But that’s simply not the case, especially if there are other factors, like grease or hair involved. They’re a common cause of clogs in kitchen pipes.

3. Eggshells

Toss your eggshells in the trash or compost! Even if you grind them up in your garbage disposal, those hard tiny pieces get stuck in oily substances and can clog a drain fast.

4. Medication

This one is less related to preventing clogged drains than to poisoning the water supply. No one wants your meds in their water, but everything from ibuprofen to birth control can affect the water supply. We’ve been told to flush unused meds, but now our streams and lakes contain chemicals from all sorts of flushed medications.

5. Paint

Washing paints down the drain is dangerous, and you may even have to dispose of paint at a hazardous waste facility. The issue is the same as for medications — paints contain toxins and chemicals that you don’t want ending up in your water supply and your body.

6. Condoms

Don’t flush used condoms. Latex is great for preventing STDs, but it won’t break down in septic systems. Plus, when they make their way to the ocean, they can harm animal life. A good rule of thumb is: if it’s not organic or toilet paper, don’t flush it.

Webb’s Select-A-Service Drain Cleaning 

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