Sometimes in a bid to clean up the mess quickly, we simply dump the stuff down the drain without even giving a second thought to the consequences. Some of the following stuff can cause real trouble once in the drain so avoid following things from trashing your drain pipe.
1. Rice and Pasta
Pasta and rice both have a capacity to absorb large quantities of water and as a result they attain more volume. Add to it the ability of both not dissolving in water easily and you will have a clogged drain on your hands in no time.
One might think that by breaking up egg shells into smaller pieces they will easily pass through the drain. The problem is these smaller pieces of egg shells quickly stick to each other and clump together to cause blockage in the drain.
Flour as long as it is dry is no problem but drain pipes are always wet and carrying water and imagine dry flour coming into contact with water and becoming a thick gooey mass of waste attracting mixture. It will not only clog the drain but will also be difficult to be removed.
People often dump the medicine down the drain thinking that it will easily get dissolved in water and will be disposed of. This is wrong because water filtration has no way of treating the water contaminated by dissolved medicines. So it is better to dispose your medicines in some other manner.
Some people brush their hair and let the hair fall down into the drain pipe thinking that the water will flow them out. This is wrong because over time these hair accumulate and form a ball which attracts other waste by acting as a net and becoming a big cluster of objects causing the drain pipe to become clogged. It is better to brush your hair before taking shower and throw the fallen hair into trash.
6. Stickers on packaging and fruits
One might think that by shredding these stickers into smaller pieces will mean they could easily be disposed into the drain pipe but that is wrong. These stickers are made of substances that are not easily broken down in water and with the glue on them they might stick to the insides of drains accumulating other waste and forming a clog. It is better to dispose-off all such paper based waste into the trash basket.
7. Building material
Sometimes a small debris from the renovation work is dumped down the drain as it appears to be just little soil and dirt. These smaller chunks can easily accumulate into bigger sizes and block the drain. Even smaller debris could deposit itself around the sides of the drain pipe and make the water flow inefficient.
8. Cigarette butts
The cigarette butts are made of a synthetic material which is not easy to decompose and on top of it the ability to absorb water and expand makes it highly likely to clog your drain. It may also contaminate the water with harmful chemicals such as nicotine.