12 Common Causes of Clogged Drains

Published Date: September 20th, 2023 | Category: Drain Cleaning

As a home or business owner, chances are you have dealt with a clogged drain or sewer issue at some point in your life. However, this does not make it any less inconvenient when a clog or issue arises. That’s why we have compiled a list of 12 of the most common reasons that our customers reach out to All Ways Drains for drain cleaning in Mounds View.

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1. Food Debris

Food particles, especially those sent down the kitchen sink, can accumulate and lead to blockages in your pipes.

2. Grease and Oil

When you pour grease and oil into your drain, it can lead to sticky clogs. The grease and oil can coat the inside of the pipes, holding other debris and particles in place leading to clogs.

3. Hair Buildup

Over time, the accumulation of hair in bathroom drains, often the tub or shower specifically, can lead to stubborn clogs.

4. Soap Scum

Soap residue can combine with hair and other debris to create blockages in shower and bathtub drains.

5. Mineral Deposits

Minerals in hard water can accumulate in pipes, causing scale buildup and reduced water flow.

6. Foreign Objects

Small objects like toys, jewelry or hygiene products can accidentally find their way into drains and cause blockages.

7. Toilet Paper Buildup

Excessive toilet paper usage or flushing non-flushable items can lead to toilet drain clogs.

8. Flushable Wipes

Unfortunately, a common misconception, “flushable” wipes are not actually safe to flush. They often cause clogs in sewer systems.

9. Dental Floss

Dental floss should also not be flushed – when it is, it can combine with other debris to create clogs.

10. Feminine Hygiene Products

Another common cause of clogs in a sewer system that can create backups throughout your home – feminine hygiene products. These can lead to serious blockages in your plumbing systems and should not be flushed.

11. Broken Pipes

Cracked or damaged pipes can allow soil and debris to enter, causing blockages.

12. Old Plumbing

Aging pipes may deteriorate and develop blockages due to rust, corrosion, or scale buildup.

Have you noticed any signs that you need drain cleaning? For drain cleaning in Mounds View or the surrounding Twin Cities area, call All Ways Drains today at 612-922-9422 or request a free estimate! We have an emergency plumber available 24/7, 365 days a year.