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Wash Off Mud Without Ruining Your Plumbing

With spring comes mud, and lots of it. You know you don’t want to track it all through your house. But you don’t want to wash it down your drain either! Learn how to wash off mud and other debris without ruining your home’s plumbing in the process.

How Mud Damages Your Septic System

Mud is a thicker substance than water and it automatically increases the risks of clogging your pipes. It can cause water to back up, increase the likelihood of bad odors and even potentially affect the quality of drinking water in your house.

But don’t despair, that doesn’t mean you have to live with mud in your house! There are several ways to prevent mud clogged drains. And, if it does happen, you can always call Super Terry!

Wash Off Mud from Shoes and Boots

It may seem like the most obvious place, but don’t use the sink! The first thing to do is put your shoes in a warm, dry area. If they can be outside in direct sunlight, that is best. But make sure not to put them directly on a radiator or by a heater, that can distort the shape of your shoe. Also, make sure not to leave them outdoors overnight as they’re likely to get damp again.

Once dry, take the shoes and beat them together like you would a rug, or against a hard surface. That’ll knock off all of the dried mud. You’ll get rid of most of it this way. Once that’s done, you’ll want to either keep them outside or put them on newspaper inside. Now you can wipe them off with a dry cloth or paper towel. If you still notice some mud, go at them with  dry toothbrush. You can clean the bottom exterior with a little bit of water and dish soap using the toothbrush. After they’re clean, simply dump the debris outside or in your trash can. It may require a little extra effort, but your pipes will thank you for it.

Don’t Put Muddy Clothes in the Washer!

Similar to shoes, you don’t want to just toss your muddy clothes into the washer. That mud as well as little stones and other debris can wreak havoc on your washing machine and lead to costly repairs. You want to let the clothes dry out, flat if possible. Once dry you want to shake and brush the mud off the shirt. Use a dry cloth or your hand. You want to get as much of the dry mud off as you can. It’s a good idea to do this outside or over a trash bag.

If the mud is really caked on, try scraping it off with a knife. You can then soak the clothes in a mild detergent solution. Dump the dirty water outside, not down the drain. At that point, enough mud should be gone that your clothes are safe to wash.

Super Terry Can Tackle Mud Clogged Drains

If you’ve been known to wash off mud (or anything else) and now it’s clogging up your pipes and causing problems, Super Terry can help you with that. Check out our website then reach out to us!