4 Reasons Why Drains Get Clogged

A clogged drain is a typical issue most homeowners face from time to time. When not taken care of properly, clogged drains can cause costly issues. In today’s blog from Nationwide Plumbers in NYC, we’ll go over five reasons why your drains may be getting clogged, and how to avoid clogs in the future. Contact our team of experienced plumbers to schedule drain cleaning services today!

Grease & Fat

Cooking oil and fat are by far the most common reason for clogged drains. When fatty food or straight grease is disposed of down the drain, the oil and grease can congeal and stick to the inner surface of the pipes. Over time, this congealed grease and oil can cause clogs to build up in your pipes and unpleasant odors may make their way back up through the drain. You can easily avoid clogs from grease and fat by disposing of these liquids in the trash instead.


While flushing your hair down the drain may seem like the easiest or most convenient way to dispose of the hair that you and your family shed, hair can cause clogs just as easily as grease and fat. In fact, flushed hair can bind with grease buildup and make clogs even worse. Rather than flushing the hair that you may shed during your shower or while brushing, throw it away in the trash instead.


Small pieces of toiletries and bathroom tissue are two unfamiliar items most generally known to clog drains. Toilet paper is the only kind of paper that was created to dissolve when flushed. Tissues, feminine products, paper towel, and other toiletries are not made to dissolve, and can even expand when flushed. These items are much more likely to cause clogs and blocked pipes when flushed than if you stick to only flushing toilet paper.

Small Objects

Small objects should never be flushed down the toilet or the drain. Anything that cannot be properly dissolved in the wastewater is likely to cause clogs that can be extremely damaging and costly for your home. If you’re not sure if something is okay to be flushed or rinsed down the drain, it’s better to err on the side of throwing it in the trash rather than risk clogging your pipes or drains.

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At Nationwide Plumbers, we provide reliable drain and sewer cleaning services for homeowners throughout NYC. If you have a clogged drain or pipes, give us a call today to schedule your service!