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1. Using too much drain cleaner

 

When used judiciously and as directed on the right kind of clog, drain cleaners can be effective and relatively safe for drains. When used with abandon, they can corrode some drain materials, and they can actually make clogs worse. Itís also not very nice for the plumber who eventually comes out to clear that clog.


2. Screwing, nailing, or cutting into a wall with hidden plumbing pipes

 

Now weíre into the realm of ďOh, yeah. I did that once.Ē Do this with a screw, and you might hear a fine spray of water hitting the back of the drywall. Do it with a reciprocating saw, and youíre in for a gusher.


3. Pouring grease down the kitchen drain

 

If youíre in the habit of pouring bacon grease down the kitchen-sink drain, you might as well try to stuff the whole pig down there.† Grease is one of the best things for clogging drains. (So is all the soap we use in the bathroom, but thatís a harder habit to break.)


4. Abusing the garbage disposal

 

Even if youíre not draining grease in the sink, you might be one of those folks who thinks a food disposer (garbage disposal) is the equivalent of a space-fantasy ray gun. Itís not.† Itís a motor with a spinning wheel that has two metal teeth thingees, and it does very little to stop the following from clogging your drain: flour, rice, potato peels (and some other veggie peels), and many fibrous foods such as asparagus and chard.


5. Using the toilet as a trash can

 

We all know itís stupid, and we all do it anyway. Itís as though, at the back of our minds, each of us believes that if we can just get it to flush away, it will be magically out of our lives forever.† As if, at the other end of the toilet, there is nothing but a black hole, a portal to a subterranean outer space that swallows up everything we discard and whisks it off into oblivion. Unfortunately, that oblivion is a 3-inch drain pipe that leads into another drain pipe, which is THE drain pipe to your entire house.

 

In other words, flushing one improper item down the toilet ultimately can stop up everything in the house. But we do it anyway. And the bottom line is, if it ainít toilet paper (or you-know-what), it doesnít belong there.

 

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