It is the responsibility of every person in a home to make sure liquid wastes are safely disposed of. These include all liquid wastes coming from kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and garages. Disposing liquid wastes into a sewer can not only cause blockages in the drains, it can result in harm to the environment and all inhabitants.
It is also extremely difficult for waste management companies to treat sewage when mixed with other liquid wastes. The following are 4 ways to guarantee safe liquid waste disposal.
1. Watch what you pour into drains
Solvents and petroleum products should not be poured into the drains or on the ground outside your house as these can be harmful and cause significant damage. These liquid wastes get clogged in the sewer systems resulting in blockages and leakages. It is also very difficult for waste management companies to treat sewage when mixed with solvents and petroleum products.
When you pour solvents and petroleum products on the ground outside your home, they eventually find their way into soil, rivers, and steams. This can potentially lead to erosion, contaminate water supplies, and kill wildlife in bodies of water.
2. Use absorbent material to clean spills
You need to be very careful how you clean spills in your home to make sure they do not find their way to the sewer system. It is crucial to always use an absorbent material such as paper towels or rags and cat litter or sawdust when cleaning oil and grease spills in your home.
The way you dispose of materials you use to clean greases and oil spills in your home is also very important. These materials should be put into a dry trash bin so that they can be collected by the garbage man for proper disposal. Spills that involve oil and solvents need to be cleaned right away so children and pets do not ingest them or they end up running into soil or bodies of water.
3. Use liquid waste depots
Some waste management companies establish liquid waste depots where households can safely dispose liquid wastes that cannot be put into the sewer lines. These include paints, petroleum products, oils, and other household chemicals.
If you are lucky to have liquid wastes depots in your area, it is wise to make good use of them. Make it a habit to bring liquid wastes to these depots for safe disposal. By doing so, you will prevent environmental degradation and other health hazards. You can have a special container for collecting liquid wastes in your home before transporting them to liquid waste depots. That way you have a designated area even within your home that you can keep liquids safe prior to disposing of them.
4. Teach family members about liquid waste disposal
It is important for you to teach your family members about how to dispose of liquid wastes safely. This is very essential especially if you have a big family. This means that there is more waste to dispose of and more likelihood for people to dispose of it down drains that will cause blockages and environmental damage.
It is incorrect to assume that everyone in your home knows how liquid wastes should be safely disposed of. Therefore, you should take the initiative to educate members of your family about why it is wrong to improperly dispose of liquid waste. You can then educate them on how to dispose of it properly. Chances are they will heed your advice and start doing so which will in turn save your drains form blockages and help in lessening environmental damage.