Common Causes of Clogged Drains

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It is important to know the common causes of clogged drains to keep your home’s plumbing flowing smoothly!

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While clogged drains and pipes may start as a small inconvenience, they can quickly grow into major plumbing problems for your home. An extremely clogged drain may cause drainage problems, flooding, and even sewage backups. Understanding the cause of clogged drains is key to preventing future plumbing problems and keep your pipes draining as they should be. Here are some of the most common causes of clogged drains to look out for!

  1. Hair – hair is a major cause of clogged drains in your bathroom sink and shower. We recommend putting in a drain guard to catch hair and prevent clogs from building up.
  2. Soap – although soap is necessary for cleaning your hands and body, it actually can end up clogging your drains overtime. Bar soap is made with grease and can combine with minerals in your water to create a soap scum, which can build up in your drains overtime and cause clogs.
  3. Dirt – although it seems like dirt magically disappears down the drain when you wash your hands, it can build up overtime and end up clogging your drains. Be conscious of how much dirt and mud you are putting down the drain.
  4. Mineral Buildup – the minerals in hard water tend to build up overtime and can create a large mass in your pipes. Installing a water softener is one way to fight hard water buildup.
  5. Small Items – sometimes unexpected items can end up falling in your drains and get stuck. These items can be extremely difficult to remove – so don’t hesitate to give us a call!
  6. Toilet Paper – excess amounts of toilet paper can form clogs and prevent your toilet from flushing properly. You may sometime be able to dislodge these clogs with a household plunger but give our team of drain unclogging experts a call today if your toilet continues not to flush.

Some common signs of clogged drains are problems with toilet flushing, slow drainage, and ineffective garbage disposals. If you are experiencing clogged drains, give our team of licensed plumbers a call! We specialize in drain cleaning, hydro jetting, and sewage backup.

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