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The Big Three Drain Clogging Culprits & How to Fight Them

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Nobody likes to turn on the sink or shower, only to find that the drain has clogged again. Unclogging a drain can take hours, and if you have to call the drain cleaning service, it can leave you with a hefty bill. You're better off preventing drains from getting plugged up in the first place, and to do that, you need to know how to fight each one of the big three drain clogging culprits.

Culprit #1: Hair

If there's the smallest amount of soap scum stuck to the inside of your drainpipe, hair will get caught in it. Then, more hair will get caught to that hair, and eventually, you'll get a big, fuzzy clog made of soap and hair. 

To keep hair out of your drains, make sure you have a little basket in each drain. Choose one with very fine holes so that the hair does not go through them. Empty the drain basket once a day or so to avoid buildup.

You can also keep hair out of the drain by shaving over a towel rather than directly into the sink. Shake the hair out into the trash can rather than rinsing it down the drain.

Culprit #2: Soap Scum

Soap scum can cause clogs with or without hair. Thankfully, you don't have to stop using soap entirely in order to address this common culprit. Avoid soaps made from clay. (Many all-natural soaps are clay-based, and while they might be good for your skin, they are terrible for pipes.) If you have hard water, have a water softener installed. The minerals in hard water combine with the soap to accelerate soap scum formation.

You can also help keep soap scum at bay by pouring vinegar down the drain once a month. The acid in the vinegar will help remove thin layers of scum before an entire clog can form.

Culprit #3: Grease

Grease is the killer of kitchen drains. If you're stilling pouring grease down the drain, it really is time to stop. Even if the grease appears to make it down the drain okay, it will solidify in the cooler pipes, eventually causing a clog.

Not only should you avoid pouring grease down the drain, but you should also avoid putting greasy foods down the garbage disposal. If you eat any greasy sauces, wipe them off the plate or bowl before you wash it. Then, dispose of the saucy paper towel in the trash.

These are just three culprits of clogged drains. If you have clogs to tackle, visit resources like for more information and assistance.