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The 4 Leading Causes of Clogged Drains

Last updated 2 years ago

Most people use their water fixtures without really thinking about them. However, mindlessly flushing things down the drain is one of the most common reasons why homeowners call plumbers for help. The best way to prevent clogged drains is to be constantly vigilant about what you flush and take preventative measures. Here are a few of the leading causes of clogged drains:

When it comes to bathroom drain clogs, hair is often the main culprit. You have roughly 100,000 hairs on your head and lose up to 100 hairs every day, most of which come off in the shower. Over time, hair can accumulate in the drain and cause a nasty clog. In order to prevent hair from clogging the shower drain, you should brush your hair before entering the shower.    

Soap is usually hair’s partner-in-crime. Little bits of soap often go down the drain and get tangled in a web of hair, blocking your drain. An excellent way to prevent soap from clogging your drain is to invest in a drain guard.

Kitchen clogs are most often caused by leftover cooking grease. After being poured down the drain, grease can harden and prevent the normal flow of water. Instead of dumping your grease down the drain or garbage disposal, you should collect it and throw it away in the trash.

Food Particles 
If you let too many food particles go down the drain, you’ll likely experience a nasty clog. Food particles are especially troublesome when grease is present. Luckily, installing a drain guard in your kitchen sink should help you block all the large food particles.

If any of your home’s drains are clogged or draining slowly, contact Benjamin Franklin Plumbing of Riverside. We won’t just fix your clogged drain—we’ll do everything we can to ensure that you never suffer a clogged drain again. Call us today at (951) 547-2594 to speak with one of our friendly representatives.  


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