Your drains are what allows you to wash clothes, flush the toilet, do dishes, and more. Without them the water you use would have nowhere to go. That is why you should take care of them, to ensure that you won’t get clogs. Clogs can be expensive, and time consuming to repair. It will save you time and money if you know what to avoid putting down them.
You have many different kind of drains in your home. Toilet drain, Kitchen sink drain, Bathroom sink, and your bathtub. When it comes to your toilet, you should not put anything but toilet paper down the drain. Flushable wipes, and feminine hygiene products are not safe for your toilet. Even though they say they are, do not put them down your toilet. They do not break down like toilet paper does, causing clogs.
Your kitchen sink is another drain to be very cautious about. A common misconception is that just because you have a garbage disposal, does not mean you can put whatever you want down it. Your blades in your disposal can get dull very easily, and don’t 100% break down food. If food gets stuck on the walls of the disposal, it can cause bacteria to grow. You should clean it with baking soda, and vinegar, or put ice in it to sharpen blades, and clean walls. Here is a list of items you should avoid putting down your disposal:
Your bathtub, and shower drains should be protected from hair as much as possible. You can use a mesh screen to catch hair, and dispose of properly. You can find these at most stores near sink drain stoppers are located.
There are a couple of things to try at home before you call a plumber. Like putting baking soda, and vinegar down a drain to break down debris. Or use a plunger, or a snake. Just be sure what you’re doing does not damage the drain more than the clog itself. In many cases homeowners want to fix a problem themselves, but it can end up causing more damage.