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These Specific Items Should Never Go Down Your Drain

It might be pretty clear that a wedding ring or watch should never go down a drain. However, many people are unaware of how much damage can happen to a drain and sewage system. Even seemingly harmless products can cause damage to your plumbing system. For example, in the case of toilets, many products market themselves as “flushable” when they aren’t. Furthermore, even when an item is small or thin (like hair), it can cause significant issues over time. Here are things that should never go down your drain.

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In fact, having a clean drain free of hair is crucial to the health and wellbeing of your pipes.

Diapers Should Never Go Down a Drain

It’s surprising how many clogs stem from diapers. Additionally, feminine hygiene products are a common cause of clogs. Once they become stuck, a plumber won’t be able to dislodge these items. Therefore, you will have to call a professional. Save yourself money and time by avoiding this potentially costly removal. 

Hair and Floss

Hair will always find its way down the drain. A few strands aren’t a problem. However, the issue is how hair accumulates over time. Also, thick or lengthy hair can cause clogs. Dental floss also has the same effect. 

Fat, Oil, and Grease (F.O.G.)

F.O.G. can harden and stick to the sides of your pipes. After cooking for a while, you might become tired and think, “I don’t feel like discarding this oil, and I’ll dump it. What could it hurt?” The answer is that this action could wreak havoc on your plumbing system. 

Paper Products (Besides Toilet Paper)

Toilet paper is acceptable for flushing. However, paper towels, cotton balls, and swabs don’t have the same design as toilet paper. Once they become wet, they can build up, resulting in a blockage

Coffee Grounds, Egg Shells, Bones, and Hard Food Waste

Coffee grounds clump together and cause clogging. Additionally, egg shells, bones, and hard food waste can cause blockages over time. While garbage disposal will easily shred these items, the long-term effects aren’t positive.  Has your drain been the source of stress? If so, Contact Alpha Plumbing today so that we can offer a video camera inspection and drain snake services. 


Alpha Plumbing is a full-service plumbing and contracting company serving the Baltimore and Annapolis metro area with expertise in all aspects of plumbing. We’re family-owned and operated since 1991 from our office in Pasadena. We offer quality plumbing services at reasonable rates in a timely fashion. Our trucks are equipped with G.P.S. systems to ensure we’re prompt and on time. No job is too large or too small! We maintain a fleet of well-stocked trucks and also own and operate our own backhoes for jobs requiring excavation.

For more information and to get a free no-obligation estimate, you can contact us on our website, send us an e-mail, or give us a call at (410) 255-5998.

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