Causes of Clogged Drains


Plumber unclogging a drain in Vancouver WA

It happens to everybody at some point: you go to flush the toilet, take a warm shower, or turn on the faucet and before you know it, there’s standing water. Clogged drains can be frustrating, but thankfully if you know what their root cause is, you can try to avoid them.

#1: Soap
Traditional soap bars use fat and grease and when this is combined with minerals in your water, there is a hard residue that you’re likely familiar with: soap scum. Over time, soap scum can cause issues with your drains.

#2: Hair
This is one of the most popular culprits of a clogged drain. Discarded hair can bind with sticky substances or grease to form a clog and if left unattended, the hair will accumulate and cause a problem. It is best to keep hair guards on your drain to catch hair, then empty them regularly to keep them clear and flowing well.

#3: Dirt
Washing your hands or clothing off in the sink is fine, but if there is excess mud or dirt on them, it could cause a clog. If you are extra muddy or dirty, do a quick rinse outside with the hose, then do your final washing inside.

#4: Mineral buildup
Minerals that are dissolved in hard water can build up and cause an impossible clog. Using a water softener can help reduce hard water issues. It’s important to avoid mineral buildup clogs as much as possible because they can be hard to be removed once they’re there.

Avoid Chemicals: No matter what the blockage is, do not use chemicals to in an effort to unclog your drain. They could damage the plumbing and if they don’t work, chemicals could cause a health risk for plumbers who perform repairs.

Rowe Plumbing and Drain never use chemicals when working on your plumbing. This ensures your pipes stay in good working order and last as long as they’re supposed to.

Clogged drains and blocked pipes might begin as annoying, minor issues at first, but if left untreated, they can cause major problems like corrosion, flooding, or even sewer backup. Our experts at Rowe Plumbing and Drain can help you with all your plumbing needs, including clogged drain problems! Our prompt, accurate highly efficient service is what we’re known for, so contact us today for help with your plumbing project.