There are plenty of reasons why you would never want your drains clogged. Disruptions in your usual household activities are the least of your worries when water backs up because of blocked drains. You should be more concerned about the potential of water damage and health risks when exposed to backed up water.
To minimise the risks of exposure to these hazards, make sure the following clog-causing food items do not make their way down the sink and into the pipes.
Grease, Oil, Fat and Lard
Any kind of grease, oil, fat and lard should never be poured down sinks and drains. While they may go down easily when hot or warm, once cooled, these can cause serious clogs in your pipes, which then block the passageway of dirty water.
To rid your pots and pans of these, wait until they congeal or become solid. Throw them into the bin afterwards. Use paper towels to wipe off the remnants before washing the pots and pans. If you deal with grease on a regular basis, Collins Civil and Drainage suggests working with experts to design plans for grease traps.
No matter how tiny coffee grounds are, they take a long time to decompose, so they can still clog your drains and pipes. When cleaning your coffee maker or French press, scrape off the grounds directly into the trash and make sure there is a screen or a filter on your sink.
Bones and Other Small Food Particles
Chicken, pork, beef or fish bones – even fruit and vegetable seeds – should go straight to the garbage bin. While these may be ground up by your grinder, it is better to be safe than sorry. They can still cause blockages, especially if there are items in your drains and pipes they can stick to, such as wet wipes and fats.
Always remember that used water is not just dirty; it potentially carries germs, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that can cause health problems. It takes little effort to throw certain food items in the trash, but doing so helps keep your pipes clear of any clogs.