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Four Things You Shouldn't
Put Down the Drain

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Although it may seem like you can put anything down your drain, you will eventually find out that you can't when you get your first clog. A professional plumber will be able to take care of your clogs quickly, but prevention is always the best choice if possible.

Coffee Grinds

Many people use to believe that putting coffee grinds down their drain was a way to clean their pipes. Experts say that coffee grinds are one of the most common reasons that drains get clogged. They do not clean out pipes, but instead can end up making a huge clog that will take a professional to fix. You should never put coffee grinds down a drain for any reason at all. Instead, just throw them in the trash.


Grease is another one of the most common reasons that drains get clogged up. Grease can harden once it goes down your drain and lead to all sorts of expensive problems. In a worse case scenario, it can stick to your sewer pipes and cause a sewage problem. This type of issue can be very hard to clean up and only a professional will be able to fix the problem hopefully before it runs into your water supply. A professional will have the right tools and equipment needed to take care of your clog as quickly as possible, but the best thing to do is never pour your grease down the drain to start with.

Food Scraps

Although it may seem like a good idea to pour your scraps down the drain after eating, it is not. Food scraps can end up causing all sorts of clogs. Here are some examples of food that you shouldn't put down the drain: Pasta and rice expand with water and can continue to expand in your drain and end up clogging it over time. Fruit pits and bone can get stuck and cause build up. Potato peels will turn into glue cause of the starch and clog your drain. Meat will get stuck and start rotting and will attracted different pests you don't want in your home. As you can see there are many foods you shouldn't put down your drain.

Cat Liter

Cat liter can cause clogs if it is poured down the drain. It can end up being a serious problem because some cat liters are made with clay. When water and clay are mixed together they can turn into cement. You do not want to pour ingredients that can mix together and form cement down your drain.

A lot of drain problems can be stopped beforehand by not putting certain items down the drain. Be sure to properly dispose of items like coffee grinds, grease, food scraps, and cat liter so that you can avoid clogs if possible.


Savannah Coulsen is a freelance  writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru. She received information for this article from Academy Mechanical Services Inc., plumbers in Edmonton