Where Common Clogs are Located and How to Handle Them

Clogs are one of the most common plumbing issues people face, but luckily, there are lots of ways to prevent them.

We’ve all dealt with a clog at one point or another. Whether it was a result of a large amount of hair in your shower or putting the wrong things down your garbage disposal, we’ve all experienced the joys of plumbing clogs. Severe clogs are probably one of the most common reasons why people call emergency plumbers, but the good new is that, when you know where clogs typically form and how to prevent them, you can avoid the vast majority of clogs altogether. Here is our list of the most common places to find clogs in your home and what you can do to avoid them:

#1. Toilets

Toilet clogs are not fun to deal with, and they can lead to a big, bacteria-ridden mess in your bathroom if you let them get out of hand. Toilet clogs are often caused by flushing the wrong things down the toilet, such as wet wipes, feminine hygiene products and condoms, but they can also be caused by using too much toilet paper.

How to prevent clogs in your toilet:

The best way to prevent toilet clogs is to be very careful about what you flush down your toilet. Stick with human waste and toilet paper, and make sure that you don’t use more toilet paper than you need to.

#2. Bathroom Drains

When you bathe, dirt, hair and skin flakes all make their way into your tub and eventually your drain. When you combine them with the soap scum that sticks to the walls of the drain pipes, the gunk can accumulate so much that it causes a clog.

How to prevent clogs in your bathroom drains:

Take advantage of professional drain cleaning regularly. Plumbers have the tools and expertise to safely remove hair and other gunk from inside your drains. Installing a drain filter can also go a long way in preventing clogs.

#3. Kitchen Sink Drains

Soap scum from detergent can build up in the walls of your kitchen drain in the same way that it can build up in your bathroom drains. When combined with food particles that you’ve put down the disposal, clogs can easily form. Kitchen sink drains are also prone to clogs from grease that you’ve put down the disposal. Grease is liquid only when hot, and when it cools down in your drain, it can solidify and form a clog.

How to prevent clogs in your kitchen sink drains:

Know what you can and can’t put down your garbage disposal. Never put grease down your garbage disposal, and when in doubt, you’re much better off putting something in the trash can rather than the garbage disposal. Like your bathroom drains, it’s also important to get your kitchen drain cleaned professionally on a regular basis. This can help to eliminate the soap scum that can build up inside of it. Are you experiencing a clog? Culler Plumbing Services can help. Contact us today!