5 Things that Should Never Go Down the Drain in Your Denver Home

Real Estate Agent with Bandy Homes


Owning a home is a big responsibility and properly maintaining your Denver home can save you a tremendous amount of money.  What goes down the drain in our homes and down the storm drain all take a toll on contaminating our water supply. Here are five things you should not put down your drain to keep your drains in their best working order and to reduce pollution.

1. Grease

After cooking a meal it may be tempting to throw the remaining grease down the drain, but you should never do this. Not only will this potentially back up your drains it could potentially back up the drains of others in your neighborhood too.  As grease hardens it will clog up sewage pipes and can result in raw sewage backing up into your home, or those of your neighbors.  Instead, keep an old container to collect left over grease and when it’s full consider taking it to a recycling center.

2. Old Motor Oil

Under no circumstances should you place used motor oil down your drain or a storm drain. Storm drains go directly to local waterways and cause it to be polluted.  One gallon of motor oil can damage and contaminate up to a million gallons of water. Full service-recycling centers will take used motor oil.

3. Pesticides and Fertilizers

Another cause of water pollution is a result of excess nutrients that occur when too much fertilizer that is used on our yards drains into our water system.  Excess fertilizer feeds into our water system as they are picked up in storm-water runoff. Algae also grows as a result of the excess nutrient runoff, which in turn removes oxygen from our water. As a result, it takes away the life of many vital water creatures that work to improve our water quality. To prevent this from happening avoid over fertilizing your lawn.

4. Old Medicine

If you have old or unused medication that is no longer needed do not dump it down the drain.  Instead, throw the bottle away in a sealed bag or take it to a medication drop off point.

5. Pet Waste

Pet waste is considered raw sewage as it contains parasites and bacteria that can be transmitted to humans.  After it rains the parasites that reside in pet waste can be washed into nearby drains. To prevent this type of water pollution from occurring cleanup after your pet and dispose of their waste in a trashcan.

The Bandy Team is here for all of your real estate needs. We can help you buy or sell a Denver home. Contact the Bandy Team to see what we can do for you! If you’re thinking about buying a Denver home, we can show you some terrific property in Denver, including homes in Littleton and real estate in Greenwood Village. You may also be interested in homes in Englewood or real estate in Cherry Hills Village.

Until Next Time,

Marianne Bandy
The Bandy Team
RE/MAX Professionals- Denver, CO 
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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great reminder and good helpful information.  For years I lived on property with a septic.  We were always careful what we would pour down the drain.

Feb 24, 2013 02:18 AM #1
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

Motor oil down a residential drain can get you a very expensive visit from the EPA!  Huge fines for things like that. 

Feb 24, 2013 03:14 AM #2
Marianne Bandy
Bandy Homes - Parker, CO
CRS, GRI, Certified Negotiation Expert

Thanks for your comments!

Feb 24, 2013 10:20 AM #3
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