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Why You Should Never Pour These 5 Things Down the Drain

Close-Up Shot of a Catonsville Sink DrainYour initial instinct may be to just pour any remaining liquids down the drain if you need to tidy up after a meal or a project. However, putting certain things down the drain can seriously harm both the environment and your plumbing. Toxic substances, in general, can cause damage to your pipes and the efficacy of your wastewater treatment, resulting in costly repairs for you and innumerable concerns for the Catonsville water treatment plant. 

How then does wastewater treatment operate, and what can be done to prevent your community’s wastewater from receiving harmful chemical additions? Examining these issues and listing the top 5 things you must not pour down the drain will help. 

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. The method of cleaning this water so that it can be recycled or released back into the environment is known as wastewater treatment. 

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. Grease and cooking oil can build in your pipes, resulting in obstructions that impede water flow. They can also gather in your pipes, resulting in leaks and a grumpy Catonsville property manager. Grease and cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and thrown in the trash. 
  2. Paint. The environment and water can be contaminated by toxic chemicals found in paint. Likewise, it can clog your pipes, requiring expensive repairs. Visit your nearest waste management office if you have leftover paint to learn how to dispose of it properly. 
  3. Household cleaners. Frequently, household cleaners contain hazardous toxins that can enter your plumbing system and the environment. If there is any liquid left over after using a household cleaner, pour it into a container and discard it. 
  4. Medication. Medication has the potential to pollute water and jeopardize aquatic life. If it’s not safely disposed of, it might also end up in our drinking water. 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 automobile parts, they can also cause damage. The most effective technique for disposing of car fluids is to take them to a local garage or auto parts store. 

Using these easy instructions will aid in the preservation of your plumbing system and the environment. Always remember to discard anything when in doubt! 

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