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Three Most Common Causes of Clogging

Three Most Common Causes of Clogging

There are very few bathroom issues more uncomfortable than realizing your waste won’t flush down the toilet or finding yourself standing in dirty water when you shower. Unfortunately, these issues are quite common. Fortunately, three of the most common causes of clogs are easily identified. 

  1. Flushing Non-Flushable Items: One of the major causes of plumbing issues is when people flush objects down the toilet that weren’t made to be flushed. Whether you have a child who likes playing near the toilet or an adult in the house who just can’t remember not to flush paper towels, there are plenty of reasons non-flushable items wind up causing trouble in pipes and septic tanks. If you’re finding your household frequently has issues with a clogged toilet, consider having a family talk posting signs asking residents and guests to be mindful of what they flush.
  2. Flushing “Flushable” Items: As paper products became more innovative, certain brands began to market wipes, feminine hygiene items, and other toileting products as “flushable.” While these products earned their “flushable” classification due to their ability to break down in water, the process takes time. Unfortunately, they often do not degrade enough during flushing to keep from causing clogging issues, especially as waste continues to gather around the blockage. Worse, they can cause septic issues in the future.
  3. Allowing Hair to Go Down the Drain: Besides toilets, other bathroom fixtures are subject to the foreign objects rule—especially your showers. When members of your household wash their hair in the shower, allowing it to go down the drain is a surefire recipe for disaster. Over time, hair strands can build up and cause a solid blockage that may need professional removal. To avoid this issue, install a hair catcher to help keep hair out of the drain in the first place.

If any of the factors above are causing you drain trouble, don’t hesitate to call on The Trenchless Guys for help. Our experts are happy to take a look at your clogged pipes and any other plumbing issues you may have to help get your house back in shape.