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Three Things You Should Never put Down the Drain

Although it can be tempting to pour foodstuff and other matter down a drain whilst cooking, the consequences can soon come back to bite you. Here at Easy Drains, we deal with countless domestic customers who have blocked their sinks by improperly disposing of food waste and other items. If you want to avoid blocked drains, flooding and bad smells, it is important that you are aware of what is acceptable to pour down your drain. 

Our team offers emergency callouts and rapid drain unblocking for clients in Guildford, Slough and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to find out more about our services for properties in the local area.

On this page, we will outline three things that you must never put down your drains. By following these simple tips, you can improve the health of your drainage system and avoid costly repairs and replacements.

Oils, Fat and Grease

One of the most serious offenders when it comes to blocked drains, fats, oils and grease should never be poured down a drain. It coats the inside of your pipes, solidifying when cold to cause a major obstruction. It can even accumulate in the sewers, coagulating together to form a huge fatberg that causes disruption to your local infrastructure. Examples include:

  • Cooking Oil

  • Dairy Products

  • Meat Sauces

  • Margarine

A key factor when it comes to blocked drains, we strongly suggest that you refrain from disposing of these substances down the drain. Instead, pour used oil into a glass jar and recycle it when you next cook.

Rice and Pasta

Do you frequently wash out your rice pan in the sink? When those grains are swept down the sink, they can inadvertently cause annoying blockages. This is because foods such as rice and pasta swell up and expand when exposed to water. This proves problematic, as water is constantly being washed down the drain, causing the rice to expand and block the drain.

We recommend thoroughly scraping rice and pasta into the bin before you start washing up. You could also invest in a sink strainer to capture food scraps before they go down the drain.

Coffee Grounds

The silty by-products of your cup of coffee may not seem like the most egregious thing to pour down your drain, but they are actually one of the main culprits when it comes to blocked household drains. The ground coffee beans are not fully water soluble and can slowly accumulate, causing a blockage. When combined with fats and oils, the combination can be lethal for your drainage system.

In order to avoid persistently blocked drains, we suggest that you deposit your grounds in your compost heap to help them naturally decompose. Find out more about our services in Guildford, Slough and the surrounding areas.

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