5 Things That Can Clog Your Drains (and What to Do About it)


Whether you live in South Florida or somewhere else, there is a good chance that at one time or another you have had clogged drains. It’s something that just about everyone has experienced, and it can be quite frustrating. We tend to take our drains for granted when everything is draining just fine, but once we do something that may lead to a problem we are reminded of just what a problem clogged drains can be. The good news is that you can help prevent clogged drains in your home or office by knowing what helps create them!

In the areas of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, here are some of the most common things that end up clogging drains:

  • We love them, but kids can be culprits when it comes to clogged drains. Their curiosity can have them put things in the toilet that don’t exactly belong there. Toys, brushes, cups, and more may be flushed by unsuspecting curious children, which can lead to clogged drains.
  • People are using wipes in record numbers today and often flushing them. Most say right on the packaging that they are not be flushed because they can cause clogs. Put a few of these things down the drain and you may see a backup begin sooner or later that can’t simply be wiped away. If you use wipes, dispose of them in the trash, not in the toilet.
  • In the shower, it falls from our head, at the sink we have a lot of when we shave. All that hair can create an ugly mess in the pipes that lead to clogs, especially when mixed with soap scum. Aim to keep your drain free of hair as much as possible.
  • Some people are tempted to put grease down the sink, but even with having a garbage disposal you may be setting yourself up for a clog situation. It’s better to put the grease into the trash than down the drain, just to be on the safe side.
  • Potato skins. While they seem innocent enough, these tough skins can lead to a clogged drain. Get too many of them down there at once and even the garbage disposal has a difficult time and can get stopped up. Instead of down the drain, toss them in your compost or trash.

What you should do about clogged drains is to aim for prevention first and foremost. Teach everyone in the house to not put things down the drain that commonly cause clogs. However, that doesn’t mean you will be able to avoid ever having any problems. Both residential and commercial properties in South Florida routinely get clogged drains.

While some store-bought drain cleaners may be able to help, often times the problem requires the assistance of a professional plumber to address the issue. You may find that you have clogged drains if yours is draining slowly, gurgling, having unpleasant odors, or there are other noticeable problems.

Call us today with any questions you have about your clogged drains. We’re here to help South Florida with their clogged drain problems!


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