Avoid Putting These Items Down the Drain

When it comes to your kitchen sink, you may think that your garbage disposal can handle anything that you throw its way. This frame of mind will result in a severely clogged drain in Highland Park, Il. This new year, it is important to change your habits to ensure your home’s plumbing system stays in good shape for years to come. After all, your home’s plumbing system is designed to process liquids rather than chunks of food or other household items.

Here are some items that should never go down your drain.

Coffee Grounds

It’s tempting to pour used coffee grounds down the drain because they are so small, but plumbers note that coffee grounds are one of the main culprits of clogged kitchen pipes. Rather than pouring the grounds down the drain, throw them in the garbage instead.


Eggshells are another common reason for clogged drains in Highland Park, Il. They seem harmless enough, but the small pieces get stuck in oily substances that create a thick mess that clogs your pipes. It is best to avoid putting eggshells down your drain altogether.

Grease, Oils, Fat

Olive oil, bacon fat, lard, butter, and other like-substances act as a binder for many different types of materials that create drain blockage. These substances account for nearly 50 percent of all sewer overflows! Rather than putting these items down the drain, place them in a jar or a can to cool, and then throw them away.

At BMW Plumbing, Inc., our team has the experience to help restore your home plumbing system if it has been damaged. Please contact us if you want to get your system functioning properly again!

About the Author

I’m Andy Visconi, the Operations Manager at BMW Plumbing since 1999.  When I’m not talking to our many Customers about their plumbing needs, scheduling one of our expert plumbers to a home or business or responding to plumbing emergencies, I can be found spending time with my wife Megan and two children.

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