When it comes to your plumbing, you have to know what you can do and what you shouldn't do. Any misstep can have serious consequences for your plumbing. Here are three things that your plumber wishes you wouldn't do to your plumbing.

1. Flush trash down the toilet.

So many people flush things down the toilet that they really shouldn't. In all honesty, the only things that really should be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Anything else should be thrown in the trash can. 

Why can't you flush other stuff down the toilet? The answer is quite simple: Everything else may clog the pipes. Not only can flushing trash such as old medications, food, and baby wipes cause problems for the pipes in your own home, but it can also cause problems in your city's sewer and water treatment plants. 

2. Pour grease down the kitchen sink.

Another thing that causes your plumber to cringe is when you pour that hot food grease down your kitchen sink. While it may seem like it is a harmless thing to do, it can actually cause you a huge headache later on down the road. 

The reason you shouldn't pour grease down your kitchen sink is because it doesn't stay in liquid form forever. Once that hot grease cools down, it hardens into a solid. Even if you rinse it down the drain with hot water, there will still likely be residue of the grease clinging to the inside of your pipes. Over time, that hardened grease will build up and cause a blockage in your plumbing. 

Not only does this hardened grease cause problems for you, but if your home is connected to a sewer system instead of a septic tank, it can lead to huge problems for the city.

Have you ever heard of the term "fatberg?" A fatberg is a massive mound of fat and grease that blocks a city's sewer system. It can take weeks to completely get rid of fatbergs if they are very big. So, do yourself and your city a favor, and stop washing food grease down your kitchen sink.

3. Putting everything in your garbage disposal.

Another thing that can cause issues for your plumbing is thinking you can put everything in your garbage disposal. the garbage disposal isn't meant to get rid of all of your food waste. Instead, it is meant for you to get rid of certain types of foods left on your plate when you are washing dishes. If you put some foods down the disposal, it can lead to clogged pipes later.

Some of the foods that you shouldn't put down your garbage disposal include:

  • Bones
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Egg shells
  • Stringy vegetables

That list isn't exhaustive. A good rule of thumb to use when trying to determine whether or not it is safe to put certain foods in the garbage disposal is to throw it in the trash can if you are ever in doubt. Contact a plumbing company, such as C B Lucas Heating & Air Conditioning, if you are wondering whether a specific food can safely go down the disposal.