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Avoid Drain Clogs By Never Tossing These Common Items in the Sink or Toilet

Clogged Drain

Drains are fantastic modern marvels but they do have a number of intolerances. If you insist on forcing stuffs down them that they have a natural aversion towards, eventually you’ll pay the price. Clogged drains stink—sometimes quite literally. However, the majority of blockages our Edmonton plumbers get summoned to fix can easily be prevented. Avoid throwing these items in your sinks and toilets and you may never again require professional drain cleaning or a plumbing contractor in Edmonton.

In the Kitchen

The majority of kitchen clogs we fix are related to inappropriate items that get tossed in garburators or sinks. While garbage disposal units allow you to get rid of a number of food items through your drains, they aren’t capable of safely handling everything. Here are the items you should bin instead of pulverize.

  • Fats and oils. Any type of food grease can ultimately lead to blocked pipes which will require drain cleaning. Oils, including gravies, sauces and salad dressings, should be poured into a jar and disposed of in the trash.

  • Fibrous fruits or veggies. Celery, mangos, bananas and some squashes should be omitted from being run through the garburator.

  • Thick peels off of produce. Anything you yourself wouldn’t physically be able to chew should be put in the waste bin or composted.

  • Coffee grounds. Trash or compost them instead.

  • Eggshells. Your garburator can’t break them down adequately.

  • Starches. This includes rice, pasta, flours and even potatoes. Starches can stick and harden in clumps inside your drain and become clogs.

  • Bones. Most animal bones are too hard for the garburator.

  • Any non-food items. This includes those little stickers found on fruits and veggies.

In the Bathroom

Toilets are meant to handle human waste and toilet paper. That’s all. Anything else that you flush has the potential to clog your drains. Some of the worst offenders behind blocked toilets are the following.

  • Wipes

  • Condoms

  • Dental floss

  • Feminine hygiene products including tampons

  • Kitty litter

  • Paper products such as Kleenex and napkins

There are many items that are labelled and marketed as “flushable.” Most notably, wipes are growing in popularity and are positioned as being safe for toilets. Don’t believe it. Wipes are in fact a growing problem in drains and sewers across North America. Toilet paper is the only product to date that can disintegrate sufficiently to not clog drains.

In an Emergency

Plumbers in Edmonton will tell you that sometimes, even the most conscientious household will have a clogged drain. Your toddler wants to discover what happens when he flushes mommy’s keys down the toilet and the next thing you know there’s water everywhere. That’s why we’re available 24/7. Amongst plumbing contractors in Edmonton, EZ Plumbing Inc. prides itself on being quickest to respond in an emergency and most able to speedily resolve your problem. Be sure to keep our number handy and contact us for all your plumbing needs.


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