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7 Things You Should Never Pour Down the Drain

Just because it’s convenient, it doesn’t mean that you should pour just anything down your drain. Certain substances can damage your plumbing system and cause serious clogs. Below are several common substances that should never make their way into your sink.


  1. Paint
    Paints contain chemicals that are toxic to the natural environment and should always be properly disposed of. When cleaning brushes, squeeze as much paint out of the brush as you can; then wipe it with a piece of old newspaper to get the remaining paint off before rinsing it in the sink. To dispose of leftover paint or empty cans, go to a household hazardous waste disposal site near you.
  2. Toxic substances
    Toxins should always be taken to the nearest hazardous waste disposal site. Not only do corrosive and acidic products eat away at your pipes but these toxic substances also pollute the water supply and wreak havoc on the ecosystem.
  3. Unused pills
    Medications, while safe when taken as directed, can accumulate in the water supply and harm the local habitat. Instead of dumping them down the drain, take advantage of the Ontario Medications Return Program (OMRP) and drop them off at your local Niagara pharmacy.
  4. Cooking oils and grease
    Most people simply pour leftover cooking oils down the drain. But grease, oils and fats can quickly clog up your pipes. If clogs caused by grease are an issue for you, call Roto-Rooter in St. Catharines today. Our high-pressure water jetting service breaks up grease clogs in no time. It’s drain cleaning that’s affordable, effective and eco-friendly.
  5. Condiments, sauces and dairy
    Discard sauces in the compost bin, and dairy products in the trash. Like greases and fats, condiments, sauces and dairy products aren’t water soluble and can clog pipes. When allowed to accumulate, you could be left with a serious blockage on your hands. Keep your pipes clear with professional drain cleaning and water jetting services from Roto-Rooter.
  6. Coffee grounds
    When poured down the drain, coffee grounds can easily become compacted and block the pipe. If you’re looking for a place to dispose of your coffee grounds, the compost bin is your best bet.
  7. Stickers
    The little stickers with the product code that grocery stores place on fruits and vegetables often come off as we are washing them and can end up down the drain where they can easily get stuck in your pipes.


When you need professional drain cleaning or water jetting services, call Roto-Rooter in Niagara! We provide residential and commercial plumbing services throughout the Niagara and Hamilton region. Roto-Rooter’s there for you 24/7. Contact us today to book an appointment.

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