What's Safe to Flush or Drain?
What’s Safe to Flush or Drain?
Disposing of the wrong items in a toilet or drain can cause blockages and slow drainage, flooding, and hazardous sewage back-ups into your home or yard. Fixing them can require costly and disruptive repairs for you and contributes to sewer rate increases for the whole community. Don’t let your hard-earned money go down the drain. Follow these guidelines at home and work.
The sewer pipes that serve the toilet, shower, bath, sinks, washing machine, and floor drains in your home or business are designed to carry only three things: human body waste, toilet paper, and wastewater. When other items are put down the drain, they can combine to cause clogs, put additional stress on the pipes, or get caught up in our wastewater treatment facilities. This material then needs to be trucked to a landfill, causing extra work and expense, and higher rates for customers.
Don't Flush or Drain (Just to name a few!)
- Bread Dough
- Coffee Grounds
- Paper Towels
- Rubber Bands
- Wet Wipes
- Place a wastebasket in your bathroom for disposing non-flushable items.
- Place liquid cooking fats, oil and grease into a container with a lid and dispose of in trash.
- Wipe down greasy pots, pans and dishes before washing.
- Have your sewer rodded or snaked regularly.
- Dispose of old medicines or drugs at an approved drug take-back site or event.
- Dispose of motor oil, paint, grease or other dangerous fluids at the St. Louis Household Hazardous Waste collection facility.
If your home or business sustains a backup we are here to help 24/7/365 days!!! Call SERVPRO of Overland/Cool Valley 314-279-5600