3 Items That Shouldn't Be Thrown Into Your Drain


As a homeowner, there are a number of different responsibilities that you have. While some are more obvious than others, you need to make sure that you are doing your best to take care of even the most intricate of details. One of those details that is often overlooked is that of the septic system. Even though you might think you know what is acceptable to put into it and what isn't, many people often end up putting items into their system that cause damage and clogging to occur. To protect your system, refrain from putting these items down your drain.

Baby Wipes

While some assume that baby wipes are fine to put down the toilet, that isn't the case. Baby wipes aren't biodegradable, which means they are going to end up clogging your pipes and damaging your system. They don't crumble apart like toilet paper or flushable wipes. If you have to use a baby wipe in the bathroom, make sure you throw it away in the wastebasket and save your septic system from extensive repairs.


Regardless of whether you are in your own home or a public restroom, diapers should never be thrown down the toilet. Just think about the size of the diaper in relation to the drain. It only makes sense that diapers are going to clog your pipes and cause your toilet to back-up and overflow. A diaper should be thrown into the trash receptacle and nowhere else. Just because a diaper might have something in it that is meant to be in the toilet, that doesn't mean the whole thing should be thrown into the toilet.

Cooking Grease

While the grease might be in liquid form when you pour it down the drain, it ends up forming a gel as it cools. That gel ends up creating a clog in your pipes that prevents the water and other trash from flowing through the system freely. Before you know it, hair, food particles and other small items end up forming a large ball that has to be removed by a professional. Store grease in a small glass container to be disposed of later on down the road.

While these are only three items that you shouldn't throw down your drain, there are plenty of others as well. If you aren't sure whether the item belongs in your septic system, don't put it there in the first place.

Contact a business like Lavenders Contracting Ltd if you're noticing problems with your sewer pipes.


2 June 2015

Learning About Septic System Care and Usage

Hi there, I am Wes Nelson. When I lived in my first home, I discovered the plumbing connected directly to a septic system on the land. The septic system consisted of a tank, lines and leach field that processed the waste. I had to quickly learn how the septic system worked to keep it in good shape. I had to pay close attention to the substances I sent down the drains or flushed down the toilet. I did not want to disrupt the colonies of bacteria hard at work processing the waste products. On this site, I would like to help others keep their septic system in good working order by sharing the information I discovered. Please visit again soon.