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Clearing Clogged Drains

Clogged Drain

Clearing Clogged Drains

Clearing clogged drains is something best left to the professionals, but there are some things you can do to prevent the blockage in the first place.

If you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve got standing water in your kitchen or bathroom sink, you’ll likely need a plumber to remedy the situation.

What Causes a Clogged Drain?

The best way to prevent clearing clogged drains is to understand what creates them in the first place. Some common reasons for blockages include:


  • Flushing things meant for the garbage:
    Unfortunately, the kitchen sink or bathroom toilet are often used to dispose of items that are meant for the garbage. If the item won’t dissolve in water quickly, it will likely clog your drain and require clearing. Items such as feminine hygiene products, baby wipes, hair, cotton swabs, vegetable peels, pasta or even children’s toys. There are plenty of items that regularly get flushed but SHOULD NEVER have gone down the drain in the first place. Drain cleaning is often required for cooks who pour kitchen grease down the sink. Grease should be disposed of differently.
  • Coffee Grounds:
    Coffee grounds combine with other items to create a cement-like substance creating clogged drains. Do your best to clean your french press of grounds before rinsing it out. Then, compost your grounds, don’t pour them down the drain.
  • Poor Plumbing:
    Plumbing principles are pretty straight forward yet any home handyman can take a try at installation of modifications to save a few dollars. Proper venting may not have been set up, or the drain angle is too shallow. Just about any episode of Holmes on Homes shows examples of plumbing issues the previous owner introduced. It’s always best to have the professional plumber install and service the plumbing.

How to Prevent a Clogged Drain

Just as a smart homeowner will install a water softener to protect their plumbing and extend it’s life, they also want to take a few simple steps to prevent their drains from clogging in the first place. Taking preventative measures will save you money, decrease the chances of needing an emergency plumber and provide a worry free environment for your family.


  • Use a Sink Strainer – A clogged kitchen sink can easily be prevented by using a sink strainer. They’re available for all sizes of drains and will be your first line of defense to prevent the clogged drain. With less items entering the pipe in the first place, there’s less chance of needing a drain cleaning.
  • Perform Regular Garburator Maintenance – If you’re getting an unpleasant odour or it’s not running as efficiently as you’d like, it could be that your garbage disposer is plugged with food debris. Use the baking soda and vinegar recipe further down this page as a remedy.
  • Use a Hair Trap – Your bathroom tub drain clogged up and you’ve got standing water. Odds are pretty good that human or pet hair is the source of the problem. A simple hair trap screen used over the drain, prevents the hair from creating the clog. Clear the trap after each shower and you will keep well ahead of any problems.
  • Vinegar Flush – A vinegar flush once a month can be useful for cleaning your pipes and keeping them clean.

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