Common Plumbing Clogs


Clogged drains and backed up/blocked pipes can easily escalate into major problems. A clogged drain can cause slow drainage, corrosion, flooding and potentially sewage backup. Here are some of the most common plumbing clogs and how to prevent them.

  1. HAIR

Hair is the number one cause of clogs in showers, bathtubs and bathroom sinks. To reduce or even eliminate this issue, install drain filters/strainers to catch hair but allow water to run through.


As you may know, when hot grease cools, it turns to a solid wax-like substance. Avoid ever pouring any grease, oil or meat broth down your drains.

  1. FOOD

Even small particles can build up over time and become a major issue. Make sure you have a strainer in your kitchen sink to reduce the amount of food waste that can get caught in the drain.

  1. PAPER

Toilet paper, feminine products, and cotton swabs are a major issue with toilet clogs. Toilet paper is designed to break down, but if too much is used it’s not able to do so and can result in a clogged drain.


Only toilet paper and human waste should be flushed down a toilet. No matter what they advertise, wipes are not meant to be flushed and can easily cause a backup or clog.


The smallest of cracks in a pipe can allow tree roots to work their way in and can easily obstruct water flow and cause damage.

If your toilet, sink, or bathtub is draining very slowly, or not draining at all, that is an indicator that you likely have a clog. Be sure to deal with or report the issue as soon as possible, as clogs tend to worsen over time.