What Not To Put Down The Drain

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Drains Are Not A Garbage Can

What not to put down the drain. Toys, snakes, roots, you name it. PDM plumbers have found many different items that clog or damage drain pipes over the last 100 years. As a result blocked sewage can surge up through sinks, floor drains, toilets, disposals and make for a messy problem.


A List of What Not to Put Down the Drain – Sink, Floor Or Toilet Drain.

  1. Disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, condoms.
  2. Animal feces, flushable cat litter can clog drains and carry harmful parasites.
  3. Flushable wipes can clog your drain.
  4. Cooking oils, butter, and grease builds up in pipes over time.
  5. Coffee grinds can clump together and as time goes by, the grounds can form a clump and pack the drain until it develops a clog. It’s better to put coffee grounds in your garden than the drain.
  6. Egg shells allow other items to collect on the shells and cause a drain blockage.
  7. Pasta, rice, flour are bad news. Pasta continues to swell once in the drain and will block drains and cause future plumbing problems.
  8. Bags, paper, paper towels, rags or sticks, yes we find them in clogged drains.
  9. Motor oil, transmission fluids, anti-freeze or other toxic chemicals – protect our waterways.
  10. Paints, turpentine, nail polish, polish remover.
  11. Corrosive substances that are either acidic or caustic.
  12. Prescription and over-the-counter medications.
  13. Fruit pits (and bones) – Garbage Disposal blades are not sharp enough to grind these and cause clogged drains.


Most solid matter put down the toilet or drain pipe can cause blockages, drain overflowing.

PDM Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Since 1885 has been sensing our way through tough clogged drains and broken sewer piping. PDM plumbers will get your drains flowing in the right direction fast.


Fast And Economical Way To Open Clogged Drains

Drain Hydro Jetting

First of all a common way to open blocked drains is with electro-mechanical power-snake rodding equipment. It has a flexible steel cable with an attached blade that rotates through pipes to dislodge blockages.

Many times after using the rodding machine we also suggest high pressure water jetting service.

Likewise a video pipe sewer camera service can take the guesswork out of drain & sewer repairs and blockages.

Tree roots blocking your sewer piping may involve more work.

Ultimately PDM has what it takes for sewer cleaning, sewer piping repair and new installation.


Prevent Clogged Drains. Try A Planned Maintenance Program

Have you had similar draining emergencies in the past? PDM licensed plumbers can help prevent them from happening again in the future. Regular drain cleaning helps lessen blockages, which can result in unsanitary conditions in a home or business.


About PDM Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Since 1885

PDM has assembled an award-winning team to carry on its 139-year tradition. Receive friendly and reliable service for HVAC, plumbing, drain cleaning and repair for homes, businesses and government facilities. Every service call is backed by a customer satisfaction guarantee.  Serving Joliet and SW Chicago Suburbs.


Our Super Tech Team Is One of the Best:

  1. Professionally trained, drug-free technicians – many techs with 10, 20, 30 years of service. Apprentices with 10,000 hours of training
  2. Upfront pricing before work begins
  3. Affordable pricing and financing options
  4. Our guarantees can’t be beat
  5. Locally owned and operated
  6. One Call, We Fix It All
  7. Committed and actively involved in our community
  8. Ongoing training and continuous education on industry products and best practices
  9. Innovative and reliable products that improve home comfort and efficiency

Contact a trusted PDM plumber at 815-726-6264.

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