What should you avoid putting down your drain this holiday season?

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during this time of year! We spend a lot of time preparing holiday treats for friends and family, so naturally the well-being of our drains and garbage disposals is most likely one of the last things on our minds. However, these “harmless” things we toss down our drains without a second thought can be the cause of household turmoil down the road. So to prevent this from happening, here are some of the biggest offenders that are better off disposed in our trash cans than down our pipes…

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1.)  Grease, Fats and Oils – Though essential to most of your holiday recipes, components such as butter, olive oil and fat from meat are one of the worst things you could carelessly discard via the garbage disposal. Why? Because they solidify when cooled, therefore clogging the drain. Also, they can decrease the sharpness of the blade due to stuck on residue.
2.)  Starchy Foods – Similar to grease and fats, starch enriched foods, such as pasta, rice and potatoes, become sticky and clog the drain, making it difficult for water and other waste to pass through. This occurs because, when they come in contact with water, they expand and stick to the sides of the drain.
3.)  Egg Shells – They may seem completely harmless, but don’t be fooled! The thin membrane within the shell can latch onto the blades of the disposal and weaken their performance. And on top of that, the remaining little grounds adhere to the gunk already in the drain, making the obstruction even worse.
4.)  Coffee Grinds – Along with grease, coffee grinds are your drain’s worst nightmare. They create a sludgy blockage that is almost impossible to penetrate. Rather than dumping them into the sink, they can be used as an absorbent for unpleasant smells in your fridge, a natural exfoliant for your hands and body, or even an insect repellent in your garden.
5.)  Bones or Shellfish – What are you going to do with the remains of the wishbone after breaking it at the Thanksgiving table this year? Throw them in the trash can and NOT down your drain! They are often too hard for the blade to grind thoroughly, possibly leading to a broken blade or a dullened motor. Even after being ground, the pieces might be too big to go down the drain with ease.The TLC SewerSnake™ is our drain cleaning tool that snags the clog or pushes it through to a larger pipe where it can flow into the sewer. Give us a call or fill out our form online to setup an appointment.

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