Don't do these things to your plumbing!

To help you avoid a costly headaches and repairs, here are 7 things you should stop doing.

Dumping kitty litter into the toilet Kitty litter includes more than just your cat’s waste. It also contains clay and sand, which are extremely troublesome for any plumbing systems. litters are designed to absorb moisture and create clumps, which turn into large clogs once they enter your pipes.

Rinsing hair down the drain

When hair goes down the drain, it can form knots and clumps, trapping in odor and making serious clogs in your pipe. The same is true for other stringy items, like dental floss.

Putting medication down the drain or in the toilet While prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, and other substances don’t necessarily mess up your pipes, the ingredients in pharmaceuticals can pose dangers to your water supply. Dispose of medications responsibly, through your local pharmacy or medication disposal program.

Flushing tampons or sanitary napkins The cotton in these items can easily snag and grab onto just about anything, causing clogs. Since these materials don’t decompose, they must be physically removed from the waste stream by the plant workers processing the waste and then sent to a landfill. You’re much better off wrapping these products and then tossing them in the trash from the get-go.

Pouring fats and oils down the sink When fats flush the pipes and cool off, they freeze and congeal, building up in the pipes. Let these items solidify, then dispose of them in the trash.

Flushing wet wipes Yes, even the ones marketed as “flushable.” Wet wipes have become very popular, but they don’t play well with an aging infrastructure. They don’t disintegrate at the same rate as toilet paper, which can lead to a clogged pipes. The risk is greater in older neighborhoods, it’s a costly fix that’s not worth the risk.

Taking on DIY plumbing projects No matter how much you follow the instructions outlined above, accidents happen. But this is not the time to start tinkering—there’s a difference between replacing a shower head (very beginner-friendly!) and trying to take apart your pipes. Plumbing systems are one such area in which maintenance work should most times be handled by professionals, no matter how simple the task. If you try to handle such things yourself, numerous troubles might occur that could leave your wallet empty and your home sinking in value.

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