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The Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains

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One of the common causes of clogged drains is hair, especially in bathrooms.

A clogged drain is something that no homeowner wants to find, and they often come as a surprise. However, many routine behaviors lead to clogs and pipes that are slow to drain. What are some of the most common causes of clogged drains, and how can you avoid this problem around your house?

Flushable Wipes

While these wipes are called flushable, they are not truly “flushable” in reality. In fact, numerous municipalities and wastewater processing facilities are now warning customers not to use flushable wipes at all. These moist wipes accumulate in your pipes and sewage system, which can lead to backups over time. In addition to flushable wipes, the other most common causes of clogged drains include thick toilet paper, paper towels, and feminine hygiene products. 

Fat and Grease

Unfortunately, some amateur chefs do not know that you should never pour fat, oil, or grease directly down the drain when you are cooking. This is because these substances can congeal in your pipes and lead to total blockages. Even people who know not to dump bacon grease down the drain might be surprised to realize that even things like butter or meat trimmings can lead to a clogged kitchen sink drain.


Here is one of the most common causes of clogged drains in the bathroom, and there are a few ways that you can prevent it from accumulating. There’s no way to stop hair from coming off your head while you shower, but you can use a drain cover to help screen out most of the hair. Additionally, remove hair as it accumulates on the drain after each shower that you take.


If you have young children, objects might be one of the most common causes of clogged drains in your house. Children often do not understand that they should not put things in the sink, or they might not realize that they are not supposed to place things like dental floss down the drain or toilet. Make sure that nobody in your household places toys or other objects down any drain.

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