Cooking Mistakes That Will Ruin Your Plumbing System

During the holidays, your kitchen is about to be hit with a lot of new chefs. Now is a good time for a quick refresher on the do’s and don’ts of good kitchen and bathroom etiquette that your plumbing will surely thank you for.

DON’T pour fats or cooking oils down the sink drain – Fats and cooking oils will solidify and clog your kitchen pipes. Wipe the grease from pots and pans with a paper towel and throw it in the trash.

DON’T fill up the garbage disposal and turn it on – You’ll clog your garbage disposal up really easily this way.

DON’T feed the garbage disposal things you shouldn’t – Avoid putting greasy, fibrous (carrot and potato skins), or starchy (rice and pasta) food in there.

DON’T flush cotton balls, swabs, facial scrub pads and other sanitary products down a toilet – These kinds of products don’t dissolve. And in some instances they expand and clog your toilet in no time.

DON’T skip cleaning out the hair in your shower drain – Hair does not dissolve. That means it will build up in your shower drains if you don’t clean the drain periodically.


DO keep your drains clear by:
Depositing fats, oils and greases in the trash can or a jar instead.
Wiping butter or margarine into the garbage before rinsing plates, bowls and utensils.
Discarding batter, icing and other thick baking items and sauces in the trash.

DO keep your garbage disposal working by:
Keeping it free of stringy and fibrous foods.
Throwing bones from chicken wings, beef and other food in the garbage can.
Avoiding putting coffee grounds down the disposal.

Have any other cooking questions? No problem. Just call your Louisville Dauenhauer, any hour.