What Causes Clogged Drains

GREASE

Grease is one of the most common causes of clogs in sinks. Grease has a tendency to stick to the sides of pipes and harden. To prevent this, instead of pouring grease down the drain, pour the grease into a can and throw it away.

COFFEE GROUNDS AND FOOD WASTE

Avoid getting coffee grounds and food waste into the drain. When cleaning off your plate, get any extra waste into the trash before rinsing in the sink. As an extra precaution, buy a drain filter or cover to help catch these things before they go into the drain.

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DIRT

Dirt can build up and cause clogs, too. Shake off or rinse as much as you can outside before using the sink or shower to clean yourself off.

HAIR

Hair is also a very common cause for clogged drains.  Installing a screen or drain-grate in your shower or tub will keep hair from clogging your drains.

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SOAP SCUM

Soap is often made from fat, so it likes to stick around and harden. Unlike grease, soap scum isn’t as easy to avoid. If you don’t want to change the kind of soap you use, install a drain filter for an easy fix.

TOILET PAPER

While most of the time toilet paper isn’t a problem, if there is too much flushed at once, it could cause a clog. Be sure to not use more than you need. Wet wipes can also help reduce the amount of toilet paper needed.

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