Things You Should Never Throw Down the Drain

A blocked drain is the pits. They stink, they make a mess and at their worst, they can damage surrounding areas. But so many clogs that we regularly get called in to fix are avoidable. If only people knew… As wondrous of a marvel as our modern plumbing is, toilets and sinks are not meant to be a catchall for every type of mess. Here at Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists, we believe in arming Calgary folks with the power to prevent clogs before they start. Avoid tossing these items into your sinks and toilets, and you just may never have another blocked drain again.


Most people in Calgary know that fats and oils are a no-no when it comes to things that you shouldn’t throw down the kitchen sink. The problem is, it’s easy to overlook the fact that many of the products we consume, like sauces and spreads, are actually oil-based. Therefore, many people despite their best intentions are unwittingly throwing oil down the drain. For the record then, here is a list of fats, oils, and oil-based products to not toss in the sink.

  • Lard
  • Butter
  • Shortening
  • Mayonnaise
  • Meat trimmings
  • Sauces
  • Salad dressings
  • Gravies
  • Cooking grease
  • Vegetable oils

Other Common Kitchen Items to Keep Out of Your Drain

Even if you have a garbage disposal, there are many food items that you shouldn’t throw down the sink. Some might argue that these items are completely harmless for sewers and pipes, but as drain cleaning experts in Calgary, our experience tells us otherwise. To prevent a blocked drain in the kitchen, avoid tossing any of the following in your sink or garbage disposal:

  • Onion skins
  • Coffee grinds
  • Eggshells
  • Pasta or rice
  • Fibrous vegetables or fruits
  • Potato skins
  • Fruit peels
  • Produce stickers and any other non-food items

Things Not to Flush

It’s ironic that so-called “flushable” products are some of the most potentially problematic for our drains. Wipes are among the worst of these, annually clogging more sewers than any other product. The fact of the matter is, toilet paper is the only paper product that’s designed to breakdown in your toilet. Here is a list of things that are common culprits behind blockages:

  • Flushable wipes
  • Flushable cat litter
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary pads
  • Diapers
  • Condoms
  • Facial tissue
  • Paper towels
  • Cotton balls

Because Life and Pipes Can Be Unpredictable

When all your best blockage prevention or drain cleaning tactics fail, Electric Eel Sewer & Drain Specialists will be there to save your blocked drain in Calgary. Our 24/7 emergency service means we’re always available when you need us most. We provide commercial and residential drain cleaning services throughout Calgary and beyond. Contact us with your questions or to have your drains inspected today!