The drains in your home are basically taken for granted—until there’s a problem, usually a huge one! To avoid a costly repair, monitor and maintain drains by flushing weekly with warm water and checking them regularly. Most drain problems, like blockages, can be prevented by being aware of what should and shouldn’t be put down household drains. Here’s a list of Heloise Do’s and Don’ts:
What to put and not to put down household drains:
Garbage disposal— asparagus, artichokes, bones, stringy vegetables like celery, oyster/clam shells, cornhusks, drain cleaners, large fruit pits, glass or plastic
Kitchen sink—fats, grease, vegetable oils
Bathroom sink— cosmetics, hair, lotions, medications, prescription or nonprescription drugs or sunscreen
Toilet— adhesive bandage wrappers, cigarettes, condoms, cotton swabs, dental floss, sanitary napkins, tissues or paper towels. Only flush what is supposed to be flushed!
Outdoor drains or sewers—anti-freeze, fertilizer, motor oil or auto chemicals, paint, pesticides or insecticides, pool chemicals, rags, sealants or thinners. What are people thinking? Where do you think that water goes?
Kitchen sink—water from preparing foods and small food debris, liquids like sour milk, soft drinks that are no longer fizzy, etc. Think before you pour!
Toilet—bodily waste and toilet paper. That’s it—not even tissues, which do not break down like toilet paper. This is especially important, if the plumbing system is on a septic system.
Bathroom drains—water from bathing, showering, washing, brushing teeth, etc.