Unless you're a plumber or simply someone who enjoys performing DIY solutions regularly, you most likely aren't aware of the damage that certain actions can take on your home. Your plumbing system, for instance, needs to be taken care of or else major clogs can develop, as well as water leaks and even broken pipes.
One of the best actions that you can take is to be mindful of what type of material you're putting down the drain. Not everything can be simply flushed down the sink; in most cases, it should be thrown in the trash instead. Below are four things that you should never, under any circumstance, be put down the sink, or else the damage to your home's plumbing system can be significant. If you have and you start experiencing problems, contact the plumber to have it looked at immediately and schedule plumbing services — like drain cleaning or hydro jetting — to take care of the issue.
Of all of the potential things that can destroy your home's plumbing system, grease is probably one of the worst. Since it's in a largely liquid state as you're cooking with it, most homeowners think they can put it down the drain and it will continue to the main sewer line. Unfortunately, as the grease is moved down the drain, it will inevitably cool and start to harden. Moreover, the sticky nature of grease means that will attract more food particles as it passes through, creating a very long clog that can cause a major buildup to your system.
Even though they're small, coffee grounds can be one of the biggest sources of clogs in your pipes. The fact that they're so tiny and can fit in between every little nook and cranny in your drain means that they can complete clogs that are only partially blocked to begin with. Even worse is the fact that they often are flushed down with water, which can cause them to clump together and form clogs by themselves.
Generally speaking, any type of large solid should be thrown in the trash instead of flushed down the drain, but the danger with eggshells is that these can nearly block your clogs overnight. Because they are circular, they are perfect targets to simply rotate and cause an entire drain blockage. Even if they're broken up into shards, they still have the opportunity to join with other particles as well.
It can be hard to know what to do with medicine. While you certainly don't want to leave it hanging around for years at a time, you also don't want to pour it down the drain since it can contaminate your city's water supply. If you have a bunch of old medicine laying around, take it to your nearest pharmacy for proper disposal.
If you have an issue with your drains, reach out to a plumber.