Accidently pour paint thinner down the drain..

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Old 08-30-09, 01:39 PM
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Accidently pour paint thinner down the drain..

I use paint thinner to clean my brushes and had left about one cup of it in a can in the utility sink. I accidently overturned the cup of it while washing my hands and it went down the drain.

I continued to flush the drain for several minutes, trying to minimize any damage to the PVC pipes.

I'm pretty bummed that it went down the drain due to the enviornmental concerns, but also do I have to worry about any damage to the PVC pipes?
 
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Old 08-30-09, 01:47 PM
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Not really...flush it with hot soapy water for a few more minutes...it should be ok. The soapy part is important.
 
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Old 08-30-09, 02:30 PM
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I have done the same thing and did as GG suggested.
Fill up a sink of straight hot water out of the tap and pour in a generous amount of dish detergent, stir it up and let it go.

Tongs would help remove the stopper.
 
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OK will do the soapy part, although I now think there was probably only sludge in the cup and not paint thinner. I was looking at another can of paint thinner and a lot of it had evaporated.

Thanks for the replies!
 
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I'm a painter not a plumber but regular paint thinner like mineral spirits shouldn't hurt pvc [unlike hotter thinners] I'm sure flushing the system with hot soapy water is a good idea.
 
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I'd agree - paint thinner shouldn't affect PVC pipe much, especially only in a small quantity for a short period of time.

One of the wonders of PVC... it holds up to just about anything a homeowner can throw at it.
 
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Old 08-31-09, 01:58 PM
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[QUOTE=Zorfdt;1613872]I'd agree - paint thinner shouldn't affect PVC pipe much, especially only in a small quantity for a short period of time.

"One of the wonders of PVC... it holds up to just about anything a homeowner can throw at it."

Don't bet on it, pvc can be destroyed by many chemicals; the worst problems are usually caused by people mixing different types of drain cleaner!!
 
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