So many of us don’t put much thought into what goes down our kitchen drain. If it fits in the drain, we usually assume it’s small enough to make its way through the pipes with no problem. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Even some things that go down with seemingly no problem can come back to bite you later. Here are five things you shouldn’t put down your kitchen drain.
So you’ve finished making your morning coffee and need to rinse out your press. Perhaps you just need somewhere to set the old coffee filter that’s full of grounds and your trash can is full. No matter what leads you to getting coffee grounds in your sink, do not wash them down the drain.
Coffee grounds are one of the leading causes of kitchen drain blockages. That’s because so many people think these little pieces of coffee will just rinse down without a problem. Maybe they even have for many years. The problem with coffee grounds is that they cause long-term problems. Coffee grounds will stick to anything they can on the inside of your pipes. Once they’ve stuck to something gooey in your pipes, they provide more texture, allowing more gooey substances to stick and so on and so forth. Eventually, you have a clogged drain.
Oil, Grease, and Fat
Oil, grease, and fat are a huge problem for kitchen drains and, yet, one of the most frequently washed-down substances. Because all of these things will solidify when cool, washing them down the drain can lead to huge problems with drain clogging. Turning on the hot water and letting grease melt off your pan from last night’s dinner may seem like no big deal, but once the grease has cooled down in the pipes, it will thicken and stick to them. This coating of grease will then make your pipes even more susceptible to other small food particles sticking inside and causing clogs.
Have you ever been baking and gotten your hands coated in flour only to try washing them off? What happened? We’re fairly sure that as soon as your hands got water on them, you were forced to wash off a gluey substance. Flour and water turns into a sticky, gooey mess. Imagine what happens when you try to wash flour down your kitchen drain. That homemade glue ends up sticking to the insides of your pipes.
Rice is a pesky offender. The grains of rice are small and easy to wash down your drain. However, you should avoid this as much as possible. Empty bowls of rice into the trash and ensure you minimize the amount that makes it to your sink. Why? Because rice expands when it’s wet. Even if it’s cooked, once it’s in your drain, it can further expand, causing blockages.
Paint does a number of things when washed down the drain, depending on certain factors. Oil paints can stick to the insides of pipes and contribute to clogs. Both oil and water-based paints risk contaminating outside water supplies due to chemicals. Avoid rinsing paint down your drains and, instead, wipe off paint-coated palettes or bowls with paper towels and then throw them away.
If you need help with a clogged drain, POM Plumbing is here to help! Give us a call if you need service anywhere in the GTA.