Common Culprits of Clogged Drains

Slow draining sink? We know how frustrating this common home plumbing problem can be. However, when you know what you should and shouldn’t be putting down your drains, you can prevent plumbing problems at home. These are a few of the most common reasons why people experience clogs — be sure to keep these out of your sink, toilet and shower drains!

Common Culprits of Clogged Drains:

  • Hair – When shampooing and conditioning your hair, it can hard to keep strands from going down the drain. That’s why it’s so important that you have a barrier, like a hair catching screen, to keep hair from getting into your plumbing pipes and slowing down your drains.
  • Pet Fur – Just like with human hair, make sure that you have a screen in your drain if you plan on giving Fido a bath. Pet fur can clog your drains, too!
  • Grease – Although kitchen grease may look like a liquid when it’s hot in the pan, it actually hardens and solidifies as it cool. When grease is dumped down the drain, it will stick to the sides of your plumbing pipes, cool, and harden. As a result, you’ll be left with a slow draining sink.
  • Soap – Putting soap down your drains may seem like a no brainer, but soap can actually cause clogged drains over time! If you have hard water in your home, soap may coat the insides of your pipes, restricting the flow of water.
  • Baby Wipes – You shouldn’t flush anything other than toilet paper and waste down your toilet drains. Products like baby wipes do not break down as well as toilet paper does. As a result, they can cause some serious plumbing clogs.
  • Hard Water – Even your water can be a sneaky drain clogging culprit. If you have hard water at home full of minerals, these mineral deposits can cling to the sides of your pipes, making it easier for other materials to get stuck and clog your drains.

If you run into any problems with your drains, do not hesitate to reach out to our professional technicians here at Barker & Sons Plumbing and Rooter. We are here to help you with all of your drain cleaning needs.