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Is It Safe To Pour Boiling Water Down The Drain?

How often do you think about your drainage system? This question probably brought it to your mind for the first time in a while. Drainage systems are generally taken for granted, but the problem arises when this system backs up. Therefore, it is crucial that the drainage and plumbing system in your home be inspected at regular intervals. Professionals suggest scheduling a cleaning every 18-22 months. With regular maintenance you can limit and avoid any unexpected problems.

Clogged Drain – One of the Most Common Plumbing Problems

Of course, there are various kinds of plumbing problems that might arise in your house. Among the different problems, a clogged drain is the most common one. Some of the most common sources of this inconvenience include hair, sanitary napkins, heavy toilet paper, cooking grease, etc. Sometimes these items can be fixed by a cleansing agent or chemicals while others will require manual removal. Your water flow will remain obstructed until the clog has been cleared.

Is Pouring Boiling Water Down The Drain Safe?

Everyone is guilty of DIY-ing their way out of a minor home issue. A clogged drain might be on the list of things you attempt to work your way out of yourself. If the blockage is a minor one, it might get okay with DIY attempts. But for other cases,  it is essential for your pipes and your peace of mind to contact a licensed and experienced plumber, who can come and unclog the drain.

To address one of the most common trends when unclogging a drain at home- is it safe to pour boiling water down the drain? Though you may find mixed answers to this question, experienced plumbers strictly advise against this action. In most houses, there are PVC pipes under the sink- If you have a newer home there is over a 75% chance your pipes are PVC. These pipes have the capacity of withstanding intense heat, but not as high as that of boiling water. The pipes are held together with a glue that becomes susceptible when the boiling water rushes over it. The damage is often not observed immediately but rather progressively deteriorates as time goes on.

Additionally, your own health should be taken into consideration. Pouring boiling water is quite risky as it might lead to a steam burn or scalding. Another thing to keep in mind is what type of material you are pouring in into. If you have a porcelain sink, it is likely to crack due to the heat.

All in all, pouring boiling water down your drain will only cause issues down the road. While you may solve an immediate pain point, the water can cause the grease to move down the drain and stick to the side of the drain. The continuous pouring of the hot water will increase the volume of the grease clog and eventually you will have a problem on your hands and will need to resort to calling a professional.

So trust Four Seasons Plumbing to take care of your regular and emergency maintenance. We are a reputable company offering all kinds of plumbing services to customers, including emergency plumbing services. Contact the company at 828-216-3894 for more details and information.

Max Rose - Owner of Four Seasons Plumbing

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Max Rose

Max Rose is the owner of Four Seasons Plumbing, a plumbing company in Asheville, North Carolina.