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Blogs from November, 2021

clogged shower drain

Is there anything more annoying than clogged drains? We don’t think so either. Here at Smith’s Plumbing Services, our team is in the business of keeping your property running as smoothly as possible. In our years of service, we have encountered countless plumbing emergencies—such as clogged drains, sewage backflowing into the home, overflowing toilets, burst sewer lines, and more—all of which could have been avoided.

That’s right, many plumbing problems can be prevented just by being careful about what you put down your drains. Drains and sewer lines are really only designed to transfer wastewater and toilet paper. Most other items cannot be broken down easily in water, which means they can get caught inside of pipes, resulting in severe clogs.

Below are the 22 things that should NEVER go down your drains:

  1. Hair
  2. Grease
  3. Medicine
  4. Feminine hygiene products
  5. Fat
  6. Oil
  7. Makeup wipes
  8. Fruit pits
  9. Bones
  10. Fibrous vegetables
  11. Baby wipes
  12. Diapers
  13. Paper towels
  14. Potato peels
  15. Pasta
  16. Rice
  17. Q-tips
  18. Coffee grounds
  19. Eggshells
  20. Cotton balls
  21. Seafood shells
  22. Flushable wipes

What Can Be Placed in My Drains?

After this, you’re probably wondering what you can put down your drains. As far as your toilet goes, you should follow the “three P rule”: Only flush pee, poop, and (toilet) paper. Only soaps and liquids (and liquid soaps!) should go down your sink drains. And, finally, you should always limit the items you place in your garbage disposal. Soft foods, liquids, and non-fibrous veggies are all ok to put down your garbage disposal. Any items that should be kept out of your drains can be tossed into your trashcan instead. Following these rules can save you a ton of time, money, and energy down the line.

Call Smith’s Plumbing Services for Drain Repairs Today!

If your drains are acting up, reach out to Smith’s Plumbing Services today. As the most trusted name in plumbing, there is no problem too big or too small for our skilled service professionals to take on. We offer comprehensive drain cleaning and repair services guaranteed to have your pipes back up and running perfectly in no time.

Give our team a call if you experience:

  • Multiple slow or clogged drains
  • Drain odors
  • Drain flies
  • Frequently clogged or overflowing toilets
  • Standing water in your sink or shower
  • Water coming up your drains
  • Gurgling or bubbling drains

For professional drain cleaning and repair, turn to Smith’s Plumbing Services. Give us a call at (901) 290-1110 to get started!