Sink clogs are inevitable, but knowing what can go down the drain and what can’t, will save you a lot of hassle.
Sink clogs can be a big problem, but there are ways to avoid them. If you’ve ever heard the question, “Can I put coffee grounds down my sink?” your answer is no! It would be best if you never dumped discarded grounds into any drain. The more you pour down the drain, the more clogged it becomes. Here’s what to do about that.
Coffee Grounds Cause Sink Clogs
Coffee grounds are a killer for drains because they don’t break down like other food. They build up more and more until they can’t wash through. When you add coffee grounds to your sink, they can linger in the water for months before creating an issue. When too many particles block up our drains and make them clogged or slow to drain, it’s time to take action.
Dumping coffee grounds down the sink is an easy mistake. Garbage disposals can’t take care of them, so it’s time to find another use for them. Coffee grounds are a fantastic fertilizer. They’re full of nutrients that plants love, absorb heavy metals, and attract worms who repel insects you don’t want around.
Unfortunately, many people have the attitude that they’ve done it before and never had a problem. They think that the grounds will break down like other food matter which washes down the drain. This simple mistake can lead to big problems for your plumbing system. Clogs can damage sewer lines, and if you have a clogged up drain, it might be time for some repair work.
How to Fix That Pesky Clog
Reaching for a chemical drain cleaner is not always the answer. Chemicals can damage your pipes over time. In addition, there are also safer ways to clear clogs that don’t involve chemicals. A plunger can clear up a plumbing issue for the time being, but often they are only temporary fixes. A drain snake is an essential tool for flushing away clogs but don’t put them down the garbage disposal. Send it through the other side of the sink and try to unclog it that way. It can sometimes pry apart the stubborn bits of food particles and allow your water flow to be free once again.
Other Things You Should Avoid Putting Down the Drain
Common sense goes a long way when it comes to drain clogs. Anything that is hard to get off your plates is also going to stick in your drains. So clean your plates a bit before dumping all that waste, especially greasy waste, down the drain.
If the eggshells are in the sink and then you’ve got a frying pan full of grease, that is a deadly duo for your drain. Keep a can and pour the grease into it. Then dispose of it in the trash. With grease it’ll only take minutes before it solidifies into a solid mess. Eggshells will also clog the drain. So crush the eggshells and put them in your garden. They keep the snail population down and work as a fertilizer for your plants. Also, avoid putting produce stickers or wet napkins down your drains, those will make plumbing problems even more likely.
Many people don’t know what they are doing when it comes to flushing things down the toilet, which can cause problems for our plumbing systems. These include flushable kitty litter clumps and other flushed items despite their descriptions. Things like these can screw up your septic system or sewer and clog your drain.
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