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Why You Should Never Pour These 5 Things Down the Drain

Close-Up Shot of a Cutler Bay Sink DrainWhenever you need to start cleaning up after a meal or a project, your initial reaction may be to pour any remaining liquids down the drain. However, pouring some things down the drain can seriously harm both the environment and your plumbing. Particularly harmful chemicals can wreak havoc on your pipes and wastewater treatment, costing you money in repairs and causing endless issues for the Cutler Bay water treatment plant. 

What steps can you take to prevent adding harmful chemicals to wastewater in your community and how does wastewater treatment function? Here are the top 5 things you must never pour down the drain as we examine these questions. 

Why Care About Wastewater? 

Any water that has been used and is now contaminated is considered wastewater. This includes water from the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, washing machine, and water that goes into the drain when you take a bath. The task of cleaning this water to allow for reuse or environmental re-injection is known as wastewater treatment. 

The protection of our drinking water, maintenance of the cleanliness of our rivers and lakes, and defense against harmful pollutants are all reasons why wastewater treatment is crucial. When you dump toxic chemicals down the drain, you contribute directly to pollution and the reduction of our water resources. 

5 Things You Should Never Pour Down the Drain 

The top 5 substances that you ought to never pour down a drain are as follows: 

  1. Grease and cooking oil. Your pipes may become clogged with solidified grease and cooking oil, stopping the flow of water. They can also pile up in your pipes, resulting in inevitable leaks and an upset Cutler Bay property manager. Grease and cooking oil should be poured into a heat-resistant container and discarded in the trash as soon as possible. 
  2. Paint. The environment and water can be contaminated by toxic chemicals found in paint. Likewise, it can clog your pipes, requiring expensive repairs. You can find out how to properly dispose of leftover paint by contacting your neighborhood waste management office. 
  3. Household cleaners. The harsh chemicals in household cleaners can harm the environment and your plumbing system. If there is any liquid left over after using a household cleaner, pour it into a container and discard it. 
  4. Medication. Medication can endanger aquatic life and cause water pollution. In addition, if it is not properly disposed of, it may end up in our drinking water. By taking it to a nearby pharmacy for disposal, you can get rid of your medication in the best possible way. 
  5. Car fluids. The environment and waterways can be contaminated by the toxic chemicals found in some car fluids. They can also cause damage to your vehicle if they seep into the engine or other vehicle components. The best place to get rid of car fluids is your neighborhood garage or auto parts store. 

These straightforward suggestions can help you safeguard both the environment and your plumbing system. Always remember: If in doubt, throw it out! 

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