Common Items That Clog Drains

Common Items That Clog Drains

There are few things that are more annoying than a clogged drain. Imagine you are trying to get yourself and your family ready for the day when you are faced with a sink that won’t drain, a toilet that will not flush, or a shower with a pool of water in the bottom. To help you avoid this issue as much as possible, we have made a list of the top four items that most commonly clog drains. Read about them below and avoid putting them in any drain, ever!


Hair is one of the most common things that can be found in a shower or bathtub train, and even short hair can contribute to this! Hair will mix with soap scum and other small particles and eventually cause a clog in your drain. Keep an eye on your drains and try using a strainer to catch any hair that may be making its way into your pipes. 


When you pour grease down your grains, it will eventually solidify, causing a sticky mess to build up inside your pipes. Once it is there, any food that may fall down the drain will stick to the grease and eventually form a clog. If you accidentally pour grease in the drain, be sure to pour a good amount of boiling water after it to clear the drain. The best way to avoid this is to keep a can or jar under the sink to pour grease into whenever you need it.

Coffee Grounds

Did you know that coffee grounds act like cement when poured down kitchen drains? The grounds stick together and form a solid mass that clogs your drain. Instead of sending them down the train or into the garbage, coffee grounds can be composted or spread in the garden to act as fertilizer!

Paper Products 

The only paper product that should ever be flushed down your toilet is toilet paper, as it is specifically designed to break down in water. It may be tempting to flush paper towel, tissues, or feminine hygiene products, but these items can form a clog further down in the pipe. Be sure to recycle or throw out these products instead.

Even the most diligent homeowners will face a clogged drain in their lifetime, but avoiding these items is a great way to reduce the risk. If you do experience any problems with your drains, the best thing to do is call your plumbing professional to solve the problem properly and quickly. 

Do you have a clogged drain in your Victoria, Nanaimo or Duncan home? Contact us today!