Posted on 10/10/2013

Water is a precious resource that provides hydration to people and keeps plumbing systems running properly. However, when chemicals, grease, and other materials are flushed down the drain, they can contaminate water and contribute to plumbing problems. By following the tips below, you will be doing your part to protect your local water supply.

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Don’t Put Grease Down the Drain
After cooking dinner, many homeowners simply pour their leftover grease and oil down the drain. While this practice is very common, however, it is not a good idea. Over time, grease can collect and block plumbing piping inside the home and clog the city’s main plumbing arteries. Ultimately, this can cause untreated water and sewage to back up and pollute the surrounding environment. You can avoid these issues by placing grease into a sealed container and throwing it away in the trash.

Keep Trash Out of the Toilet
Toilets should only be used for one purpose in the home: removing bodily waste and getting rid of toilet paper. Unfortunately, many people flush other items down the toilet, such as feminine hygiene products, diapers, and cleaning wipes. Because these materials can cause water pollution and severely damage plumbing systems, you should only throw them away in the trashcan. By doing so, you will be protecting your community’s water supply.

Dispose of Medicine Properly
Do you have old medicine sitting in the cabinet that you need to get rid of? If so, you should never flush it down the toilet or pour it into the sink, since medicine can get into nearby waterways and cause harm to aquatic life. Instead, take the old medication to a pharmacy disposal event or dispose of it in the trash.

These are only a few of the steps you can take to protect your local water supply. For more information about plumbing and waste disposal, talk to the professionals at Arrow Plumbing, Inc. in Libertyville. We specialize in repairing drain clogs, installing water heaters, and fixing frozen pipes. To learn more about our full range of services, dial (888) 349-8161 or visit our website.