Cleaning your drains is one of our plumbers’ most common services in the Phoenix, Arizona greater area. This common plumbing problem or issue is mainly due to locals here in Phoenix unknowingly disposing of food and other items improperly. How many times have you used your kitchen sink’s drain or your toilet’s drain as the garbage disposal? How often have you been guilty of flushing down debris or food that otherwise should not be going through the plumbing system?

Well, treating the drains as garbage cans is very common in Phoenix Arizona households because some people are not aware that certain things should not be disposed of in this manner. You might not realize it now, but when the time comes, you will regret your decision to use the kitchen sink and the toilet drains for a garbage disposal. It is one way you are abusing your precious Phoenix home’s plumbing system and paving the way for clogged drains, which are extremely stressful to deal with when the time comes.

Do you want to stay safe from clogged, nasty drains? Ensure that you are not putting down the wrong items into your home’s drains and follow these tips from plumbers in Phoenix who have been doing this thing we call plumbing for a very, very long time, Armstrong Plumbing.


Disposing of Leftover Paint

If you have kids and they like to do arts & crafts, pouring the leftover paint into the kitchen drain may be a common practice in your home. Perhaps you are just painting a room in your Phoenix, AZ home and decide to wash the excess paint into the drain. Paint can be toxic and these would both be improper ways to dispose of it safely. Carefully disposing of the leftover paint is essential, and the drain is certainly not the place to do that. The paint contains chemicals that can contaminate the water and soil. In addition to this, paints clog the house pipes when they dry, which could cause future plumbing problems, causing you to call Armstrong Plumbing when you absolutely don’t feel like it! Unless the paint is completely dry already, you should not throw paints into your trashcan either. To properly dispose of paint, you will need to reach out to your local trash disposal people to inquire about their recommendations or programs designed to get rid of the paint so it won’t hurt our environment nor hurt our pipes.


Disposing of Expandable Food


Cleaning out the refrigerator in your home is definitely a daunting task! You may think it’s wise to put Grandma’s leftover pasta and gravy sauce down the kitchen drain. However, many food items should not be sent into your drain or garbage disposal and should be thrown away instead. You may think that you’re saving time by tossing leftovers into the sink, but it will create a financial mess in the future from plumbing repairs from plumbers near Phoenix like Armstrong Plumbing, the number one rated plumbing company in Arizona. Pasta, rice, gravy and even sauce can both swell by absorbing water and clog your kitchen’s drain. It’s alright to let some food run down the drain but make sure you are not putting in expandable foods like those mentioned above. This would lead to a very bad situation for you and yours!


Disposing of Kitty Litter

We love our pets and would do anything for them, including cleaning up their lovely pet areas! For some cat owners, flushing kitty litter down the toilet is a very widespread idea, yet improper. These pet owners do not realize that they are creating a problem for themselves when they flush the kitty litter down their drains. Kitty litter is meant to absorb water, becoming a hard concrete-like substance of sort. You do not want clumps this substance clogging up your Phoenix, AZ plumbing system; otherwise, you may require us to jet the pipes or even worse, complete pipe replacements. Not a cheap, inexpensive plumbing job! Please ensure that you throw any kitty litter into a bag and then into the trash can to dispose of it properly, the right way.


Disposing of Feminine Hygiene Products & Wipes

Feminine products are NOT flushable and neither are flushable wipes! Regardless of you having Phoenix city sewer or a Phoenix septic system, there is no such thing as a “flushable wipe.” Many of these product’s manufacturing companies market to customers that their products are flushable. Additionally, they claim these items will not damage or clog the pipes and drains. Please take a little advice from some long-time Phoenix Arizona plumbers who have had to charge customers that have drain issues because they clogged their pipes with these so called “flushable wipes.” If you believe that they are able to be flushed down your toilet’s drains, then you are taking a major, risky chance. They will not only clog your plumbing but will cost you money to remove them! Not a little bit of money, a lot of it.


Disposing of Medications

Flushing medications down your drain is not only bad for the environment, but it’s also horrible for the plumbing system in your Phoenix, AZ area home. When medication is flushed, it can damage the lining of your pipe system and can stick inside your pipes for long periods of time. The medication eventually ends up back in the drinking water, even after being treated by local treatment facilities. People tend to flush or pour their expired medication or medications into their toilets, which they think is an extremely safe approach. Unfortunately, it is clearly not, based on our many, many years of being a Phoenix Plumber. Pouring down medications in the drain can clog the drain pipes terribly, even if you crushed the medicine, it will affect the water purity in the long run. To dispose of medications properly, contact a local Phoenix pharmacy like Walmart, CVS or Walgreens to inquire about the best way to do so. Most pharmacies have a medication drop-off where you can dispose of it safely.


Disposing of Grease and Cooking Fat

Everyone loves that home-cooked meal and sometimes, the greasier the meal, the better! However, you need to keep grease and cooking oil far, far away from your kitchen sinks. We’re talking “in a galaxy, far, far away” type stuff here! When you put the grease into the kitchen drain, it will cool down and harden inside the pipes of your Phoenix AZ home. Not only will it clog your drains badly, but it will also give off a foul, terrible odor when it turns rancid. You will then require hydro-jetting and possibly numerous visits from a local Phoenix Plumbing Company like Armstrong Plumbing, LLC to resolve the grease clog thoroughly. The most common way to dispose of grease and cooking oil is to pour it into another container with a lid and let it harden so you can throw it into the trashcan at a later time.

Listen, folks, you would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to your home pipes and plumbing system! Take the advice of this long-time Phoenix plumber and dispose of food and other items safely and adequately. It will save you a lot of time and money if you do not clog your Phoenix plumbing system with items that should never have been there in the first place!

The absolute best vote of confidence in knowing we’re doing our best out there for Phoenix homeowners is a word-of-mouth referral. If you or someone you know is struggling with a plumbing issue, please don’t hesitate to contact our professional plumbers in Phoenix here at Armstrong Plumbing. You can reach us quickly by calling (602) 418-1446 or requesting a quote on our website, If you’re an e-mail person, our e-mail is! Thank you so much and God Bless!