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Common Items That Should Never Go Down Your Drains

Plumbing is an essential system in any home, and while it might not be the most glamorous aspect of homeownership, it’s important to take care of it. From clogged drains to leaks, there are a number of issues that can arise if you don’t maintain your plumbing.

It is common knowledge that certain items should never be flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain. However, because of the ease of disposal, many homeowners still make the mistake of putting the wrong things down their drains. As a result, they end up with clogged pipes and expensive repairs.

With a team of licensed plumbers and support staff, Titan Plumbing And Electric is always ready to take on any residential or commercial plumbing repair, maintenance, and installation services.

Common Items That Should Never Go Down Your Drains

The following are some of the common items that should never go down your drains:


Diapers are made of absorbent materials that can swell and cause blockages when they get wet. Although this may surprise you, we still find diapers causing clogs in pipes. Feminine hygiene products are also made of absorbent materials and should not be flushed down the toilet. A plunger can usually not take care of these clogs, you will need the help of a professional plumber to clear your pipes. It sometimes leads to your lawn being dug up.

Hair And Dental Floss

Hair is made of keratin, a protein that does not dissolve in water. When it gets wet, it can clog your pipes by tangling around other objects. Over time, the hair can form a ball that will completely block your pipes. To avoid this, invest in a drain cover or strainer to catch hair before it goes down the drain. As for dental floss, it is made of nylon or other synthetic fibers that do not break down easily. It can also tangle around other objects in your pipes and cause a blockage.

Fat, Oil And Grease

Fat, oil, and grease may seem harmless when they are in liquid form but once they cool down, they solidify and stick to the sides of your pipes. Over time, the buildup can cause a complete blockage that will require the help of a professional plumber to fix. To avoid this, do not pour fat, oil, and grease down your drains. Let it solidify first then throw it in the trash.

Paper Products

You can flush toilet paper down the toilet but do not flush anything else like paper towels, swabs, napkins, and cotton balls. These products can cause a blockage because they do not dissolve in water.

Coffee grounds

Coffee grounds may not look like much, but they can actually cause a lot of damage to your drains and pipes. When coffee grounds are poured down the drain, they will stick to the sides of the pipe and form a blockage. Over time, this blockage will become harder and harder to remove. Even garbage disposals cannot grind coffee grounds properly. To avoid this, throw coffee grounds in the trash instead of pouring them down the drain.

Egg Shells, Bones And Hard Food Waste

Your garbage disposal may be able to grind up small eggshells and bones, but it is not designed to handle large pieces of food waste. When these items are put down the drain, they can get stuck in the blades of your garbage disposal and cause it to break. They can also cause a blockage in your pipes. To avoid this, throw eggshells, bones, and hard food waste in the trash instead of putting them down the drain.

Titan Plumbing And Electric Can Help You Eliminate Clogs!

Our team of experts can help you eliminate clogs and keep your drains flowing smoothly. We offer a wide range of plumbing services including drain cleaning, drain repair, and drain installation. We also offer a 24/7 emergency service so you can call us anytime, day or night. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation!

  • Video Camera Inspection: Titan Plumbing And Electric offers video camera inspection services to help you identify and locate blockages in your drains. We will insert a small camera into your pipes and provide you with a live video feed of the inside of your pipes. This service is convenient, efficient, and affordable.
  • Drain Snake Services: We provide drain snake services to help you remove blockages from your drains. A drain snake is a long, flexible rod that is inserted into your pipes and used to break up or remove blockages. This service is quick, easy, and effective. When you use chemicals and other DIY methods to unclog your drains, you run the risk of damaging your pipes. Trust the professionals at Titan Plumbing And Electric to get the job done right!

Contact Us To Help You Solve Your Drain Problems

If you have any concerns about what you should or should not put down your drains, feel free to contact Titan Plumbing And Electric at 813-933-8010. Our team of licensed plumbers will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you with all your plumbing needs.