3 Everyday Items/Objects That Can Actually Clog Your Drains
Drains are essential in every household and homeowners often take them for granted until some blockage happens. Clearing out the drains doesn’t take too much time or effort but it can be frustrating to do it frequently. Fortunately, you will be able to prevent this problem from happening and make your drain-cleaning a breeze. The causes of having a clogged drain differ but the most common reason why drains get clogged is due to items being stuck or accumulated. Below are some everyday items that you might be guilty of flushing down your drains.
- Fats, oils, and grease
These are condiments or leftovers that are usually the cause of clogs forming. Fats, oil, and grease (F.O.G.) are commonly found in the kitchen drains. Some homeowners are often deceived with oil and greases liquid form. A lot of people are not aware that these substances actually harden once they’re inside the drain. Don’t pour grease, oils, and fats into the drain or they’ll just form a blockage. Throw them in a garbage can for proper disposal. There are some landfills that are willing to trade money for F.O.G. You need to store these substances in a container and then put them in a refrigerator. You can then trade the hardened F.O.G. once you reached the minimum requirement and trade it for money.
If you have already been pouring grease and oils for quite some time then you need to do a general drain cleaning. Pour boiling water before proceeding with your cleaning routine. This will help liquefy the grease and oils that have already stuck on the drain lining. Things are different when you have a garbage disposal. You have the option to use cold water to harden the F.O.G. and give the blades of the garbage disposal a chance to cut the solidified material into tiny pieces.
- Hygiene products
It’s easy to just throw your hygiene products on the toilet or bathroom drains. However, you need to dispose these items properly like throwing them in a proper garbage can. Hygiene products flushed in the toilet tend to clog so avoid doing this. Perhaps the only hygiene product that’s suitable for toilet-flushing is toilet paper. The reason for this is that toilet paper is actually designed to be flushable and deteriorate fasts in the toilet’s pipe lining. Other hygiene products like tampons, cotton buds, and wipes aren’t. Even hygiene items that claim to be a flushable variant can still clog the toilet. Another important note; a toilet paper is safe to flush in the toilet but draining down numerous toilet papers in one go will just invite a clogged drain.
While hair isn’t usually voluntarily drained, it’s still a common thing that blocks the drain — especially in the bathroom floor. Hair can mix with soap residue and can become a nasty clog if left unattended. Place a hair catcher on your drains to make it easier for you to collect the hair. You should also comb your hair before entering the bathroom to take out fallen or loose hair. Doing this will lower the number of hair that will tangle in the drains.