Drain cleaning is one of the most common services our plumbers provide in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. This is mainly due to locals unknowingly disposing of food and other items improperly. How many times have you used your kitchen sink’s drain or your toilet’s drain as garbage disposal? Flushing down debris or even food that otherwise should not be going through the plumbing? Well, treating the drains as garbage holes is very common in households because some people just are not aware that certain things should not be disposed of in this manner.

You might not realize it now, but when the time comes, you will regret your decision of using the kitchen sink and the toilet drains for a garbage disposal. It is one way you are abusing the plumbing system of your home and paving the way for clogged drains which are stressful to deal with.

Do you want to stay safe from clogged drains? Make sure that you are not putting down the wrong items into your home’s drains and follow these tips from a local plumber.

Plumber’s Drain Tips #1 – Disposing of Leftover Paint

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If you have kids and they like to do arts & crafts, pouring the leftover paint into the kitchen drain may be a common practice in your home. Perhaps you are just painting a room in your home and decide to wash the excess paint into the drain.  Paint can be toxic and these would both be improper ways to safely dispose of it. Carefully disposing of the leftover paint is essential, and the drain is certainly not the place to do that. Paint contains chemicals that can contaminate the water and soil. In addition to this, paints clog the pipes when they dry which could cause future plumbing problems. Unless the paint is completely dry already, you also should not throw paints into your trashcan either.  To properly dispose of paint, you will need to reach out to your local trash company to inquire about their recommendations and/or programs designed to get rid of the paint so it won’t hurt our environment (or our pipes!).

Plumber’s Drain Tip #2 – Disposing of Expandable Food

Cleaning out the refrigerator in your home is definitely a daunting task! You may think it’s smart to put the leftover pasta and rice down the kitchen drain. However, there are many food items that should not be sent into your drain or garbage disposal and should be thrown away instead.  You may think that you’re saving time by tossing leftovers into the sink, but it will create a financial mess in the future from plumbing repairs. Rice and pasta can both swell by absorbing water and clog your kitchen’s drain. It is okay to let some food run down the drain but make sure you are not putting in expandable foods.

Plumber’s Drain Tip #3 – Disposing of Kitty Litter

We love our pets and would go anything for them, including cleaning up their lovely pet areas!  For some cat owners, flushing kitty litter down the toilet is very common yet improper. These pet owners do not realize that they are creating a problem for themselves when they flush down the kitty litter down the drains. Kitty litter is meant to absorb water becoming a hard concrete like substance. You do not want clumps of it clogging up your plumbing system otherwise you may require jetting the pipes or even worse, pipe replacements. Please ensure that you are throwing kitty litter into a bag and then into the trash to dispose of is properly and sanitarily.

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Plumber’s Drain Tip #4 – Disposing of Feminine Hygiene Products & Wipes

Feminine products are NOT flushable and neither are “flushable” wipes!  Many of these product’s manufacturing companies market to customers that their products are flushable.  Additionally, they claim these items will not damage or clog the pipes and drains. Please take advice from a plumber who has had to charge customers that have drain issues because they did clog their pipes, they are NOT flushable. If you believe that they are and flush such products down your toilet’s drains than you are taking a chance. They will not only clog your plumbing but will cost you money to remove them!

Plumber’s Drain Tip #5 – Disposing of Medications

Flushing medications down your drain is not only bad for the environment, but it’s also horrible for the plumbing system in your home.  When medication is flushed, it can damage the lining of your pipe system and can stick inside your pipes. The medication eventually ends up back into the drinking water even after treated by local treatment facilities.  People tend to pour expired medication into their toilets, which they think is a safe approach and it clearly is not. Pouring down uncrushed medications in the drain can clog the drain pipes, and even if you crushed medicines it will effect the water purity. To dispose of medications properly, contact a local medicine drop off location to inquire about the best way to do so.

Plumber’s Drain Tip #6 – Disposing of Grease and Cooking Fat

Everyone loves a home cooked meal and sometimes, the greasier the better!  However, you need to keep grease and cooking oil far away from your kitchen sinks. When you put the grease into the kitchen drain, it will cool down and harden inside the pipes. Not only will it clog your drains but it will also give off a bad odor when it turns rancid. You will then require hydro-jetting and possibly numerous visits from a plumber to thoroughly resolve the grease clog.  The most common way to dispose of grease and cooking oil is to pour it into another container with a lid and let it harden so you can thrown it into the trashcan.

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When it comes to your drains, you would rather be safe then sorry! Take this plumber’s advice and dispose of food and other items properly. It will save you a lot of time and money if you do not clog your plumbing system with items that should never have been there in the first place!