24 Feb Denver Plumbing Lesson: What You Pour Down the Drain Can Come Back
The concept of karma may apply to the small trivial matter of plumbing. Whatever you pour down the drain or flush down your toilet, for instance, can come back and haunt you. With improper waste disposal, fixtures may easily be broken and pipelines may be clogged.
Water sources or plumbing fittings and fixtures can also become rich in contaminants that may adversely affect your health. A study by the EPA (published in the Environmental Science & Technology journal in 2014) showed that about half of the residential and commercial water sources like sinks and drinking fountains in the U.S. tested positive for the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia. Improper sanitation – including inappropriate waste disposal – may have contributed to those findings.
Suffice it to say that you have to be cautious about what you dispose in your sinks and other drains in your house or building. The negative consequences to your health are already very serious, and when you let the clogs or corrosions go unaddressed, you would face high repair costs, too. To guide you and prevent those problems from happening, here are some of the things that you shouldn’t pour down the drain or flush down the toilet, according to Denver plumbing experts:
Grease, Oils, and Fatty Leftovers
Grease or oil has always been the enemy of an efficiently working sewer system, since these compounds can cause buildups that are difficult to clear up. They can form “fatbergs” along sewer lines and trigger disgusting, unsanitary backflows.
Toxic or Dangerous Wastes
If you’re a health facility or any other regulated commercial establishment for that matter, you would have certain laws or codes to abide by when disposing poisonous or hazardous wastes. Make sure that all employees comply with the general guidelines and your specific policies.
If you’re a homeowner, don’t dispose unused or expired drugs, motor oil, paint, fuels, and other chemicals through your drains or toilets. These would be harmful to the soil, body of water, wildlife, or humans and pets that come in contact with the ultimate destination of the wastewater.
Obviously, your drains should not be a place to get rid of your garbage, but several people have formed the habit of tossing and flushing items like used toilet paper, baby wipes, cigarette butts, dental floss, and even things like condoms, diapers, and tampons or sanitary pads down drains or toilet bowls. Not only can these items create clogs, but the human wastes can also promote contamination.
When clogs, fixture or pipe breakdowns, and sewer backups do occur, leave the repair job to skilled plumbers in Denver, such as Total Plumbing.
(Source: Study: Nearly Half Of Water Taps May Contain Bacteria That Causes Legionnaires’ Disease, cbslocal.com)