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Avoid water damage by not throwing 10 things down your drain

Clogged Sink Causing Flooding

Don’t Throw These 10 Items Down The Drain or ELSE!!!

Dumping different things down your drain might seem like a harmless thing at first, but if you want to avoid water damage, follow these rules.

To avoid water damage or clogged drains, don’t empty your kitty’s litter into the toilet. Or use the kitchen sink to dispose of dinner scraps.

Or dispose of used medication in the bathroom sink.

All these things can negatively affect the environment, can have serious consequences on your home and also on your health.

To avoid water damage and clogged drains, you need to be more conscious about what you throw down the drain.

If clogs occur in your drains and your house suffers water damage, feel free to contact ASAP Restoration and rely on our services.

If you want to avoid problems with clogged drains, here’s a list of 10 things you should definitely NOT throw down the drain.

Coffee grounds

You’re probably wondering whether coffee grounds can clog your drain. Well, they can. Almost every type of food tends to clump up instead of washing out.

It’s very difficult to break them down and these clumps get bigger and bigger every time, until one day, they become so big that they clog the drain.

Draining  pasta

Avoid draining pasta and other starchy foods in the kitchen sink because they contain a lot of fiber that can get tangled and block the drain.

Now, pasta water alone won’t be enough to clog your drain. The biggest issues are those small chunks of paste that manage to squeeze during draining.

These chunks will likely get stuck somewhere in the drain, and as they absorb water and swell up, they can quickly become a major problem.

Furthermore, we also recommend that you be extra careful when you strain your pasta. Most home save plastic drainage systems that aren’t so resilient to high heat.

So, straining your pasta directly into the sink (with water above 100F) could damage the draining system (melt it) and cause flooding.

Certain vegetables

Just like pasta, some types of vegetables also have high concentration of fiber. Good examples are corn, asparagus, celery and even potato peels.

All these foods have a very high fiber concentration, which doesn’t dissolve. In fact, it can stick to the walls of the pipes and drains, forming hard-to-remove clogs.

So avoid water damage and clogged drains by not dumping them in the sink.

Greasy stuff

Another thing you should pay attention to, if you wan to avoid water damage and clogged drains is how you dispose of cooking fat.

These types of fat solidify at room temperature. When you dispose of them in your drain straight from the cooking pan, they can solidify in your pipes, clogging it.

Furthermore, the hard fats, aside from blocking the drain, can also produce strong odors when they turn rancid.

Instead of throwing it down the drain, let the fats congeal in a container and throw them out with your garbage.

Egg shells

Even though eggshells cannot adhere to the walls of your drain pipes or garbage disposal, their sharp edges enable them to stick to the disposal motor and pipes.

Despite appearing delicate, eggshells can harden over time when stuck on the garbage disposal blades.

This not only blocks the drain but also hinders the proper functioning of your garbage disposal.


Anything that has any amount of gelatine shouldn’t be disposed in your sink or garbage disposal.

Yes, gels, jellies or soaps are gooey, but they can wreak havoc on your drainage system since they don’t dissolve and can clump up in the pipes.

So the best way to dispose of them is straight in the garbage can.


People know that hair can cause serious problems to a drainage system. Hair in drains has completely flooded some basements.

While it goes down easily, it can still get tangled. In such cases, water damage restoration experts must use pumps to extract excess water before starting the restoration process.

In order to avoid water damage caused by hair, we recommend using a drain protector.

This will collect all the hair which you can later dispose into your garbage and your drains will not be clogged.


If you ever though about disposing unused medication down the toilet, think again.

Not only will they clog the drain and cause problems, it is actually against the law to dispose of medication this way.

Instead, dispose of all over-the-counter medication by following the safety guidelines recommended by your state.

Bath bombs

Bath bombs look pretty on social media. But because of their high powdery structure, they can cause serious blockages in your drains and pipes.

This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use them. You can use a fine mesh drain strainer to collect any residual powder.

Alternatively, clean bath bomb powder effectively by pouring salt directly into the drain when you’re done.

Cornstarch or flour

Just like with pasta, rice and other high-fiber stuff, pouring cornstarch, oatmeal or flour directly into the drain will ensure that you end up with a drain issue.

When wet, these substances are really sticky and once they dry, they become incredibly hard.

If they stick to the side of bigger drainage pipes, they can cause water damage to the entire house, including flooring and furniture.

We hope that these tips will help you avoid water damage and clogged drains. If water damage affects your home, ensure you reach out to ASAP Restoration for assistance.

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