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7 Reasons Why Your Pipes or Drains Are Clogged

Posted by ADB Septic on October 18, 2019

There are a number of different explanations for why your pipes or drains may be getting clogged. Although foreign objects, food waste, and hair are the main blockage culprits people tend to think of, there are many different reasons your pipes may be clogged. From tree roots to mineral build-up, there are quite a few potential blockages you should be aware of.

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The most common reason for drains clogs is excessive hair. Both human and animal hair are particularly detrimental to your septic system as they can knot up, bind with grease to form clumps, and get caught on parts of your drains. To prevent hair blockages, you should ensure that all of your shower, bathtub, and sink drains have guards in place to catch hair and clean them regularly.


Soap is the last thing most people would expect to cause clogs in their pipes. However, most traditional soap bars consist of grease and fat. These materials can combine with the minerals in your water, leaving behind a hard residue (often referred to as soap scum) that can stain and clog pipes.

Food Waste

Even if you have a garbage disposal, you should always avoid letting food go down the drain. Foods high in grease or oil will solidify in your pipes and lead to clogs. Other types of food waste, such as tea leaves and coffee grounds, don't break down at all and can cause blockages.

Mineral Buildup

Depending on where you live, your septic system may have hard water running through its pipes. Minerals found in hard water can build up over time, creating insoluble masses that can obstruct water flow and even cause back-ups. To prevent mineral deposits from accumulating in your pipes, you can either install a water softener or have your pipes regularly descaled and cleaned by a septic professional to remove mineral build-up.

Small Objects

Homeowners are frequently flushing objects down toilets that can accumulate inside your pipes and cause a blockage. Here are some commonly-flushed things that can cause damage to your pipes or clogs:

  • Facial tissues
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes, disinfectant wipes, moist wipes, etc.)
  • Toil bowl scrub pads
  • Kitty litter
  • Cotton balls and Swabs
  • Swiffer pads
  • Napkins
  • Dryer sheets
  • Paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Cigarette butts
  • fats, oils, and greases
  • Bandages
  • Tampons, condoms
  • Gum
  • Vitamins, medicines
  • Plastic
  • Diapers (whether cloth or disposable)

Toilet Paper Buildup

Even though toilet paper is designed to be flushed, it can cause blockages when used in excess. Quilted toilet paper, in particular, is the most common culprit when it comes to causing clogs as it takes far longer to break down in water than other types of toilet paper. To reduce your risk of pipe blockages, try your best to use toilet paper in moderation.

Root Infiltration

As plants grow, their roots reach out in search of sources of water. Small cracks in your underground pipes can attract growing roots, which will begin to expand into your pipes to reach the water inside. As these roots grow larger, they can cause damage to your pipes and obstruct water flow. Clearing roots from pipes can be a costly job, involving rooter service, pressure jet cleaning, trenchless repair, and sometimes excavation.

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Topics: clogging, Clogged Drain, Clogged Bathtub, Clogged Grease Trap, Clogged Sink, Clogged Toilet, Clogged Sewer Line

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