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Be Careful What You Throw Down the Drain

The holidays are here, and chances are you’re going to have family and friends over for dinner, or perhaps a few football games on New Year’s Day. That usually involves a lot of cooking and preparation in the kitchen, and whether it’s a turkey dinner or just some munchies for football, you need to be careful about what you throw down the drain. We get a lot of calls to fix clogged drains in the Ontario, CA area during this time of year, but we’d much rather help you stop them in the first place than correct them after the face. A good place to start is to watch the foods you throw down the drain. Here’s a quick list of what to watch out for:

  • Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG in the industry. These often get poured down the drain in heated liquid form, then solidify in the drain to create a sticky mess. The best solution is to pour the hot liquid into an empty can, then wait until it cools and throw it in the trash.
  • Fibrous vegetables, including potatoes, celery, carrots and the like. They can wrap around the gears of your garbage disposal. If you peel vegetables in the sink, always over the drain and make sure the peelings are cleaned up before your open it.
  • Coffee grounds, which can grind in the gears of the garbage disposal and create a significant problem. Toss them out instead of dumping them in the sink.
  • Bones and seeds, which most people know about, should never be tossed down the drain. The garbage disposal won’t be able to grind them up, and they will eventually break it.
  • Rice and pasta, which can be surprisingly strong, especially when they get tangled up. They can also expand when wet, creating a clogged mess.

Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to unclog your drains this holiday.


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