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Can you pour boiling water into the sink and toilet: the consequences will be serious

Alina MilsentLife
Why you can't pour boiling water into the toilet

Hot water can be very damaging to sewer pipes, so plumbers do not recommend pouring boiling water down the sink and into the toilet. The reason is that modern pipes are often made of relatively fragile plastic, not designed to withstand exposure to high temperatures.

Pipes containing plastic may soften when exposed to boiling water, leading to potential leaks. To learn more about the consequences of pouring boiling water into the sink, you can read the OBOZREVATEL article.

Plumbers assure us that if we refrain from regularly pouring boiling water into the sink or toilet, there should be no adverse effects. It's advisable to pour a small amount of hot water, which will cool down quickly upon contact with the plumbing system.

While old cast-iron pipes are generally more durable than some modern alternatives, sudden temperature changes can cause the metal to weaken over time, leading to increased brittleness.

Can you pour boiling water into the sink and toilet: the consequences will be serious

Boiling water should not be poured down the toilet due to a double risk. Firstly, the ceramic toilet bowl may simply crack. Secondly, the hot water will not have enough time to cool down, even if you dilute it with water from the tank. The temperature difference, once again, can lead to damage to the metal pipes. In essence, there is a dual risk of harming both the toilet and the pipes.

Therefore, it is advisable to let the boiling water cool for at least 5-10 minutes before pouring it into the sink or toilet. Plumbers also recommend that when pouring boiling water into the sink, you should immediately open the cold water tap during, not after, pouring it.

Earlier, OBOZREVATEL talked about improvised tools that will help clean the toilet bowl from stains and limescales.

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