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The Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains

Overview: The Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains

Oh no! The sink is backed up again. Last month you used the liquid draining solutions and everything was dandy until now. What gives? As plumbers, we are your last line of defense. Here are some tips on pinpointing what is causing clogged drains.Causes Clogged Drains

The slow draining issue is coming from one source.

If your clogged drain is only coming from one source, it is most likely to not be a main sewer drain clog.


There are many things that can go wrong with toilet plumbing. The most common issue is flushing things that do not break down in the toilet. In other words, anything that isn’t toilet paper. Check out our blog, 10 Things You shouldn’t Flush Down the Toilet for everyday items that cause clogged drains.

Bathroom Drains (Not Toilets)

Bathroom Drains are the most common drains to get clogged. Hair, dirt, soap residue and sometimes shampoo caps can cause clogged drains in showers. Constantly knocking over the toilet paper in the sink can also lead to you sink backing up.

Kitchen Drains

Kitchen draining issues can be possible even with an effective garbage disposal system. The grease and small food particles can become sludge on your pipes. Over time it can decrease the flow of the drain causing clogged drains. We recommend running hot water and soap down your drain for a little bit to lessen the buildup.

Multiple draining issues are happening.

If your property is facing multiple issues of draining at a time, it is most likely a main sewer line clog. Unlike the other clogs listed above, main sewer lines are clogged by something bigger. If you see any of these red flags of a main sewer line clog, turn off the water line and call your local plumber. Ignoring this kind of clog can cost a lot to correct. Here are two cause of clogged drains due to main sewer lines.

Tree Roots

Nearly most of the time, they are caused by tree roots. Older pipes and trees do not mix well. As trees are attracted to water, they attach themselves to the pipes and grow. This causes clogged drains or pipes to rupture.

Pipe Damage & Leaking

Over times pipes lose their integrity and sometimes start to rupture. Some warning signs for pipe damages include leaking and discoloration of grass above the pipes.

Draining Solutions

There are many ways to get your drains back in action. Here are some tasks that can be performed to the water flowing again.

Plunger & Auger

This one anyone can use a plunger when they have a clogged toilet. For the more stubborn toilet dilemmas, there is a tool called the auger. The Auger is easy to use and can help remove the more suborn blockages.


Here at New Pipes, we offer affordable snaking services for clogged drains. When we snake a pipe, we insert a tool that releases a stream of water to remove blockages. Snaking is recommended on older pipes as it is a gentle process. This one of the best solution to clogged drains.

Video Camera Inspection

When we perform video camera inspections, we supply you with real footage of your pipes. Video camera inspections are an excellent way to see what is going on. It also helps you make the decision on what prevention measures that need to be taken to increase the longevity of your pipes.

Schedule an Inspection Today!

Here at New Pipes Inc, we offer free sewer and drain inspections to HOA, apartment complexes, and commercial office buildings. Our free sewer and drain line inspections are completely free for a limited time only. Schedule an appointment with one of our expert plumbers and we will come to your location at your convenience. Our offer includes both photos and video recordings of your free sewer and drain line. Our team will also give you expert advice about your equipment.

3 thoughts on “The Most Common Causes of Clogged Drains”

  1. It never occurred to me that one of the causes of a blocked drain is tree roots that attach to pipes and grow. I imagine that this is something that is impossible for a homeowner to discover on their own. If someone has a concern about blocked drains, it would be best to contact a professional plumber.

  2. That’s a good point that hair and soap residue can make it easier for bathroom drains to clog. My shower has been draining very slowly for the past two weeks, even after trying DIY methods to unclog it. I may need to contact a local professional to clear out the drain for me.

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