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Items to not stick down your drain!

8/10/2022 (Permalink)

One trillion gallons of water are wasted each year by household leaks. It is creating a staggering statistic that has a 93% prevention rate. That's enough water to supply 11 million homes of water for a year. Talk about flushing money down the drain, literally. 2022 has become a year for recovery and managing the aftermath of Covid. Prevention is becoming the keyword, with predictions of gas prices becoming $5.00 per gallon in the United States. With this kind of uncertainty saving money for a rainy day could be as easy as fixing a leaky faucet. 

Do you hear dripping sounds hours after turning off your mourning shower? Leaky faucets can waste up to 3,000 gallons per year, adding anywhere from $1.00 to $6.00 more per faucet each month to your water bill. Don't fear! Leaky faucets can be an easy, inexpensive fix. Even the most inexperienced DIYer can follow Home Depot's "How to fix a leaky faucet" instructions and solve your leaky faucet problem. 

Don't we wish all plumbing issues were that easy? Having to call a plumber can make even our best days feel gloomy. Damaged Pipes to Natural Disasters water damage costs homeowners up to $20 billion annually. 

Bring on the preventative measures to save money! 

One of the best preventative measures is taking care of your pipes. Here is a list of things not to stick down your drains. 


  1. Oil, Grease, and Fats
  • Google "Fatberg London," and you will never stick another ounce of oil or grease down your drain. Cleanaholics will have nightmares after reading these guys can continue to grow up to 130 tons. Run “the blob” keeps growing! 
  1. Coffee Grounds 

The clumping begins when you add water to coffee grounds. Meaning every morning coffee and afternoon wake-up coffee will keep growing the clump bigger and bigger until it prohibits the drain from its job.  Your drain may not love coffee grounds, but your garden will. 

  1. Egg Shells 

Who loves the beach and sliding your feet into the sun-warmed sand? You may love sand at the beach, but you don't want it in your drain, and that's exactly what happens when you stick Egg Shells down the drain. Eggshell particles eventually turn into sand and will cause build-up in your pipes. Potentially leading to pipe corrosion and malfunction of the drain.  

  1. Cat Litter

If you don't own a cat, you might not know cat litter absorbs moisture. Flushing cat litter down the drain can cause it to expand and create blockage in your drain. Even washing out your kitties' litter box in your kitchen sink is right up there with putting a ladder on bricks to get a little extra height. You just shouldn't do it! 

  1. Flushable Wipes 

Take a second before you read the next sentence. They lied to you! Go to any professional plumbing website or even USA today and you will read that no "flushable wipes" should go down the drain. It was hard for us to digest as well. How could something be labeled "flushable" and cause so much damage in the future? 

Call SERVPRO of South Shasta of County today at 530-241-2424.

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