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Old 01-25-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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Default IMPORTANT warning about your household drains/pipes!!!

We had to have a plumber come in and "do" our main house drain. It has been backing off and on since...forever.

It had a lot of disgusting stuff down it, like grease and (!) noodles.

He gave us a lot of excellent information:

DO NOT USE drain cleaners like DRANO. They will eat holes in your pipes. Plus, they are toxic. You may end up having to have your pipes replaced! $$$$$$

DO NOT use the garburator to grind up: noodles, veg and fruit peel, rice, greasy stuff (meat is OK.) Anything glutinous is a no-no!!!. DO NOT PUT ANYTHING DOWN THE DRAINS EXCEPT WATER AND DISHSOAP!!! Grease warms up, then cools down and closes off the drain. Anything glutinous gloms onto the insides of the pipes and expands over time. VERY BAD! He said noodles are one of the worst things to go down a kitchen sink drain - the garburator cannot chew it up very well. POTATO PEELS ARE VERY VERY BAD. We are instituting a rule of NOTHING BUT SOAP AND WATER DOWN ANY DRAIN IN THE HOUSE! PERIOD! Not going to use the garburator anymore - it sucks, anyway.

To clean your garburator, put ice cubes and dishsoap down it, grind up the ice cubes. Cleans it very well.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Yep. I made it a rule to never pour grease down the drain. If I don't save bacon fat for cooking, it goes into an empty sour cream carton or frosting can or something similar with a tight lid, that's going to be discarded anyway. Any other waste grease goes in there too. It lives in a certain spot in the refrigerator. When it's full, I just put on the lid and drop it into the garbage. No mess, no fuss, no plumber's bill for clearing a blocked drain.

You do have to wait for the grease to cool down, though. Trying to pour hot grease into a plastic carton is a recipe for disaster.
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Yep. I made it a rule to never pour grease down the drain. If I don't save bacon fat for cooking, it goes into an empty sour cream carton or frosting can or something similar with a tight lid, that's going to be discarded anyway. Any other waste grease goes in there too. It lives in a certain spot in the refrigerator. When it's full, I just put on the lid and drop it into the garbage. No mess, no fuss, no plumber's bill for clearing a blocked drain.

You do have to wait for the grease to cool down, though. Trying to pour hot grease into a plastic carton is a recipe for disaster.
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Old 01-25-2012, 01:51 PM   #4
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http://www.paragon-plumbing.com/index.html

Most of the people on this forum are not local to me, but those that are, this is the (awesome) plumbing company. It's a small company, owned and operated by one man. He charges way less than the "big" guys and does a far better job IMO. Me and DH got a big education from him.

I'm perplexed as to how a pack of vegetarians got so much vile, black greasy goo down the drain. SO GROSS!
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We have a garbage disposal in the sink, but never use it. Instead, I keep an old coffee can beside the sink for any organics that we can scrape off any send to the compost pile. I put just about everything in there except meat and bones. The only organic things that goes in the trash are chicken bones. Everything else gets composted or goes to the dog. You can even toss your paper napkins into the compost as well.
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Old 01-25-2012, 02:08 PM   #6
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We have plans to start composting this year. The problem with owning your own home is that something inevitable goes FUBAR and costs $$$ to fix or replace. In the past two years we had to replace the hot water tank ($$$) and the GASP main house valve. THAT cost $500!!!! We were dumb and called "Brothers" for that one, they drastically overcharge.

Then we had to buy a new bed (still dont have a frame for it hahaha) Replace the shower knobs upstairs. It is never ending.

Thus, the compost bin keeps getting put off.

ETA: due to our *censored* dogs, compost must be on lock-down. The Flabrador Retriever will sh** in the house and have horrid gas if he gets into it.
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Ari, wait until you need a new roof. Better yet, don't wait... start saving now.

I compost in a large cheap plastic plant pot. It has holes on the bottom. I just toss plant trimmings and waste into it, toss on a handful of soil, and water it down. The water runs out the bottom, and the compost decomposes quite nicely. When it doesn't look like plant matter any more (about 3 months in the FL heat) I upend it into the garden and spread it around.
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The roof was replaced (or had new roof laid onto the old one or some jazz) fairly recently. I think it is supposed to last decades or something'.
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DO NOT PUT ANYTHING DOWN THE DRAINS EXCEPT WATER AND DISHSOAP!!!
uhhh. How do you get rid of your used motor oil then?



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uhhh. How do you get rid of your used motor oil then?



I save it and use it to deep fry onion rings.
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I thought maybe you were going to tell me I had a spider infestation..,

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I put everything i can get through into the drain system, every now and then i put a harsh industrial acid followed some lye down em, then run a load of detergent with hot water down the system, and finish it off with a gallon off bleach only problem ewer had is the ladies hair in the trap under the sink in the bathroom.
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One thing that helps a lot is to put a shot (a few ounces) of full-strength Simple Green down each drain once a week. Simple Green is a non-toxic enzyme-based cleaner that is quite safe for your pipes. It eats organic material, preventing grease clogs from forming. Put it in the drains before you go to bed and follow it with about a cup of hot water to get it past the traps. Let it sit and work all night. I buy it in gallon containers at Costco, which is far cheaper than the smaller bottles.
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uhhh. How do you get rid of your used motor oil then?



We're car light with plans to go car-free. WHAT motor oil.
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I send a couple of kettles full of boiling water down the drains every few weeks. Only once did I have to deal with a clogged kitchen drain & that was shortly after we moved in. It turned out, after we used a plunger, that it was mechanical. The last tenent had a toddler who had sent little bits of toys into the drain - they're crap magnets.
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He also said cold water is better than hot water for the pipes. :O
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The day I have to start babying drain pipes... is the day I go back to outdoor cooking/housework.
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He also said cold water is better than hot water for the pipes. :O
I would be telling my husband and that repair man that my days of taking cold showers were over and that they better come up with a solution to the pipe problems. Cold water... bah!
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