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Why You Should Never Pour These 5 Things Down the Drain

Close-Up Shot of a Jacksonville 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. Potentially toxic chemicals can cause havoc on your pipes and efficient wastewater treatment, necessitating expensive repairs on your part and posing a host of issues for the Jacksonville 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? Let’s discuss these questions and provide a list of the top 5 items you must never pour down the drain. 

Why Care About Wastewater? 

Used and now contaminated water is called wastewater. This includes the water that drains from your washing machine, bathroom sink, kitchen sink, and even the sink where you take a shower. The task of cleaning this water to allow for reuse or environmental re-injection is known as wastewater treatment. 

Wastewater treatment is crucial because it safeguards our drinking water, maintains the cleanliness of our lakes and rivers, and shields the environment from dangerous pollutants. When you flush dangerous substances down the drain, you contribute greatly to pollution and the depletion of our water resources. 

5 Things You Should Never Pour Down the Drain 

The top 5 things that should never be poured into a drain are: 

  1. Grease and cooking oil. Grease and cooking oil can build in your pipes, resulting in obstructions that impede water flow. Additionally, they can accumulate inside your pipes, eventually causing leaks and a disgruntled Jacksonville property manager. Pouring grease and cooking oil into a heat-resistant container and throwing it in the trash is the best way to get rid of it. 
  2. Paint. Water and the environment can be contaminated by harmful chemicals found in paint. Your pipes might become clogged, which would require expensive repairs. Inquire with your local waste management office for information on how to properly dispose of any leftover paint. 
  3. Household cleaners. Household cleaners frequently contain harsh chemicals that are hazardous to the environment and your plumbing system. Pour any liquid that remains after using a household cleaner into a container and dispose of it after finishing. 
  4. Medication. Medication can endanger aquatic life and cause water pollution. If it’s not safely disposed of, it might also end up in our drinking water. The best option for disposing of medications is to bring them to a local pharmacy. 
  5. Car fluids. Fluids used in automobiles may contain toxic substances that pollute the water and the environment. 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. 

These simple and direct guidelines can assist in preserving the environment and your plumbing system. Always remember to discard anything when in doubt! 

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