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Why You Should Never Pour These 5 Things Down the Drain

Close-Up Shot of a Broken Arrow Sink DrainYour first instinct might be to just pour any leftover liquids down the drain when you need to clean up after a meal or a project. However, pouring certain substances down the drain can cause severe damage to your plumbing and the environment. Particularly dangerous chemicals can inflict damage on your pipes and efficient wastewater treatment, charging you money in repairs and causing endless issues for the Pelham water treatment plant. 

What steps can you take to prevent adding harmful chemicals to wastewater in your community and how does wastewater treatment function? Reviewing these concerns will help us identify the top 5 things you should never dispose of in the drain. 

Why Care About Wastewater? 

Any water that has been used and is now contaminated is considered wastewater. This can apply to water that drains from your shower as well as water from your kitchen and bathroom sinks, washing machine, and other fixtures. Cleaning this water through a process known as wastewater treatment makes it possible to reuse it or release it back into the environment. 

The protection of our drinking water, maintenance of the cleanliness of our rivers and lakes, and defense against harmful pollutants are all reasons why wastewater treatment is crucial. You can directly contribute to pollution and the depletion of our water resources by flushing harmful substances down the drain. 

5 Things You Should Never Pour Down the Drain 

The top 5 substances that you ought to never pour down a drain are as follows: 

  1. Grease and cooking oil. Cooking oil and grease can solidify in your pipes and lead to clogs that stop the flow of water. They can also pile up in your pipes, resulting in inevitable leaks and an upset Pelham property manager. Pouring grease and cooking oil into a heat-resistant container and disposing of it in the trash is the most effective method of disposal. 
  2. Paint. The environment and water can be contaminated by toxic chemicals found in paint. Likewise, it can clog your pipes, requiring expensive repairs. For information on how to properly dispose of leftover paint, get in touch with your neighborhood waste management office. 
  3. Household cleaners. Frequently, household cleaners contain hazardous toxins that can enter your plumbing system and the environment. Pour any leftover liquid from a household cleaner into a container, then properly dispose of it. 
  4. Medication. Medication has the potential to pollute water and jeopardize aquatic life. It can also contaminate our drinking water if not dealt with correctly. Taking your medication to a nearby pharmacy for disposal is the best way to get rid of it. 
  5. Car fluids. Hazardous chemicals that contaminate the environment and water can be found in some car fluids. If they seep into the engine or other aspects of your car, they could also cause harm. By taking them to a nearby garage or auto parts store for disposal, car fluids can be disposed of in the best possible way. 

By adhering to these easy guidelines, you can preserve your plumbing system and the environment. Always remember: If in doubt, throw it out! 

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