What Creates Clogs in My Pipes?

sink dropping water into its basinYou’re washing the dishes after a long day. Everything seems to be going fine until you notice that the water isn’t going down. Ok, time to crank on that garbage disposal. Hmm… really didn’t help. The water doesn’t seem to want to go down. Now, you could have an issue with your garbage disposal, or you could have a clog in your drain.

Has this happened to you before? Do you also tend to get clogs in your toilet or your shower? Clogs in certain pipes are often caused by the problem. Once you get these clogs, you then need to deal with the process of drain cleaning. If you are aware of how these clogs are created, you will know how to keep them from forming. in the first place. Take a look at these common types of clogs and how to prevent them.

Kitchen Sinks

Most kitchen sink clogs are caused by oils or grease that sticks to the sides of your pipes. The grease or fat is usually liquefied when it is poured down your sink, but as it begins to travel through your pipes, it solidifies and attaches to the sides of your pipes. Food can then also begin to stick to the fat and a clog begins to form.

How to Prevent: If you have extra grease in your pan after you cook, use a paper towel to soak it up or pour the grease into an old coffee can. Also, pour boiling water down your kitchen sink about once a week.


You can pretty much guess what toilet clogs are created from, so we really won’t go into detail. However, if you notice that your toilet is temperamental, you may want to go easy on the toilet paper. Excess paper waste can clog your toilet.

How to Prevent: Be careful what you flush. Sometimes people flush feminine products and wipes down the toilet, but these don’t break down in your pipes.

Bathtubs and Showers

While long locks of hair are glamorous and beautiful, they are not good for your shower drain. Especially when they are combined with hard water and soap. Usually, this is what happens: hair goes down the drain and sticks to the side of your pipes. Then, soap scum and minerals from hard water build up on the caught hair creating a massive clog and making it impossible for water to pass through your pipes.

How to Prevent: Since hair is the main culprit, you need to find a way to keep it from going down your sink. You can buy a drain grate to place over your shower drain. This will catch a majority of your hair and keep it from going down the drain.

Take a look at some of our other tips to prevent clogs in your drains. Just a note, be careful about using drain cleaning products. Relying heavily on these products can seriously damage your pipes. If you notice that you have a regular problem with drain cleaning, you need to call a plumber to hydro jet or snake your drain. There may be a much more serious issue that you may not be aware of. Having a plumber look at your pipes may be the best solution for handling your pipes.


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