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Household Items that Should Never Be Poured Down the Drain

Down the drain

Almost half of all above-ground water sources are contaminated by improperly disposed-of materials. This includes things people rinse down the drains in their homes. Read on to learn about the items that should never be poured down the drain.

Grease and Oil
Avoid pouring cooking grease down the sink drain. Grease can back up the drains in your home and those throughout the neighborhood. When grease hardens as it cools, it can clog up sewage pipes, which may force sewage back up into homes. Rather than pouring grease down the sink, keep a container to collect it. When the container is full, take it to a recycling center and keep drains clog-free. Also avoid pouring motor oil down storm drains. When motor oil is poured there, it goes directly to local waterways. One gallon of motor oil can contaminate a million gallons of water. Take motor oil to a recycling center as well.

Fertilizers and Pesticides
Excess nutrients from fertilizer can also contaminate water. When too much fertilizer is used in a yard, the excess is picked up in storm water runoff and deposited into waterways. The abundance of nutrients causes algae growth, which sucks the oxygen out of the water. As a result, water creatures that help improve water quality are killed. To avoid this damage, use the proper amount of lawn chemicals and restrict its use to where you truly need it.

Medicine and Pet Waste
When medicine reaches its expiration date, don’t flush it down the toilet unless the bottle indicates to do so. A better way to dispose of medicine is to place it in a sealed bag with coffee grounds and throw it in the trash. Another option is to find a trusted medicine disposal company. Also, keep the water in storm drains safe by picking up after your pet. Pet waste is considered raw sewage, as it contains parasites and harmful microorganisms that can make humans sick. When it rains, parasites and bacteria from the waste can be washed into the storm drain and contaminate the water.

All Plumbing, Inc. has been serving the Arlington area for over 30 years. We provide a wide range of plumbing services, including drain cleaning and hydro-jetting. If you have any plumbing needs, visit our website or contact us at (703) 525-7973. 

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